If you love travel and history but want something more than tourism, consider joining us on our next Pietist Schoolman Travel tour.

Our 2019 World Wars tour visiting a British military cemetery in Belgium with local guide Carl Ooghe

Historians often say that the past is like a foreign country. Even if you were to study an older version of your hometown, you would notice important differences in how people think, feel, and act. But that’s all the more true when we travel mentally across time and physically across space.

In a classroom, teachers and professors can try to help students imagine what it was like to live through the religious upheavals of the Reformation or the mechanized combat of World War II. But what if you did that in Martin Luther’s church or on Omaha Beach? What if you could listen to the words of eyewitnesses describe those events as you see, hear, touch, and even smell the scene for yourself?

We believe that historical travel can be not only enjoyable but educational, not just informative but transformative — intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Learn more about our travel philosophy and our guides.

Next Tour

June 28 – July 5, 2020: Sports in American History

(Regrettably, the COVID pandemic has forced us to cancel even a shortened version of this tour. But in the hope that we’ll try it again at some future point, we’ll leave the description below. Stay tuned for an announcement about our next European tour, which will run either summer 2021 or summer 2022.)

Join us as we tour some of the most iconic sites in American sports history. We’ll start and stop with the two oldest ballparks in Major League Baseball. In between, we’ll tour four pro sports halls of fame, explore the history of college sports, visit the most famous tracks in horse and auto racing, and see the sights in some of the great cities of North America.

Along the way, we’ll think about how sports both holds up a mirror to American society, culture, and religion and has acted as an engine for change throughout the history of the United States. All with the help of three gifted college teachers as your travel guides.

Click to see the full trip brochure.

Past Tours

2019: The World Wars in Western Europe

This past June our inaugural tour took 22 people (ages 17 to 72) to Western Europe to explore the history of the two world wars. We started with three days in London and ended with three days in Paris and Munich, but the heart of the trip was a four-day guided tour of battlefields in Flanders, the Somme, and Normandy. Click here to read the full brochure.

Potential Tours

As we look beyond 2020, we’re tentatively planning two more exciting adventures. If you’re interested in joining us for any or all of these adventures, complete the form below to get on our mailing list.

2022 or 2023: Christianity and Western Culture

Duration Possible Highlights
10-11 days Learn about the ancient world and Early Church in Rome, the Renaissance in Florence, the Reformation in Zürich or Geneva, and the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment in Paris and London.

2023 or 2024: The American Civil War

Duration Possible Highlights
6-7 days Visit major battlefields like Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Antietam, and Gettysburg, and see memorials and museums in Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia.

At this point, we’re still thinking through these concepts. But if you’re interested in one or more of them — or if you want to suggest other topics — and want to get more details as they come available, complete the brief form below.