Ohio River Valley

Cultures and history: Past and present

Learn why the Ohio River Valley is known as the Rio Grand of the Midwest. With this geographic focus, students will learn about Ohio as a prominent historic setting for past and present cultural groups that made and now make Ohio a “homeland.”

Some of the diverse cultures and historical events include:  

  • The Ohio River as a vital waterway escape for enslaved Blacks on the Underground Railroad
  • The Native Americans who made their home in southern Ohio (Dayton’s ancient Sun Watch settlement and Boonshoft Museum)
  • Contemporary immigrants in New Albany, Ind.
  • Contemporary poor at the Franciscan “food kitchen” in Louisville, Ky.
  • The 450-acre Mt. St. Francis (MSF) Sacred Earth and Art Retreat Center, where visitors are introduced to the Franciscan earthwise sustainability and art-based principles on living creatively. 

Dates and program fee
Leaders: Philip Sugden and Carole Elchert
Dates: May 15 -30, 2024
Program fee: $1,650
Deposit: $300 due Jan. 10
Students: 7-9

COVID-19 VACCINE - REQUIRED to participate in this experience.

Elaine Suderman,  Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs