Hikes & Excursions

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of hikes and excursions for students and community members.




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Join UW-Baraboo/Sauk County history professor Mike Jacobs and CE Director Cindy McVenes as we explore some of the historic sites on the Marquette University campus and surrounding neighborhood.
Dr. Jacobs will guide us through two historic churches on the Marquette campus. Gesu Church is a Jesuit parish of the Roman Catholic Church and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places since 1975. The church was founded in 1849 to serve English-speaking Irish Catholics from the near south and west sides of Milwaukee. The French Gothic building, features landmark spires of unequal height and stained glass windows. Gesu Church attracts over 2,500 worshipers on weekends. A second church, St. Joan of Arc Chapel, originally built in the Middle Ages and located in Chasse, France was dismantled stone by stone and moved to Long Island New York before its final move to Marquette University and dedication to St. Joan of Arc in 1966.
Our lunchtime adventure brings us to a 50’s theme restaurant called Miss Katie’s Diner. Named after Katherine Picciurro, the Diner features ribs and other soups and daily specials that have been served by the family for over 64 years. Their malts and shakes are said to be the best in Milwaukee. The Diner has been a popular place for visiting politicians and played host to visiting stars of the Happy Days show.
After lunch, we’ll visit The Special Collections and University Archives at Raynor Memorial Libraries featuring a permanent exhibit from the papers of J. R. R. Tolkien, an exhibit of facsimile volumes of the St. John’s Bible on the history of the Jesuit Restoration, and a rotating exhibit of rare books. Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Amy Cooper Cary will lead a brief question and answer session in the Special Collections reading room.
To end our day, we will visit the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University featuring exhibits celebrating the contributions of the Italian Renaissance “Petite Masters,” American self-taught artists, works addressing social change issues, modern American printmaking and photography, and contemporary art from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Departure 6:15 am Reedsburg and 6:45 am Baraboo
Return to Baraboo approximately 6:00 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tours, lunch, and motorcoach)



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LeClaire, Iowa, is a historic town on the Mississippi River that most recently became famous as home of the American Pickers show. William F. Cody “Buffalo Bill” (1846-1917) was born in LeClaire, IA. While visiting LeClaire, we’ll explore the Buffalo Bill Museum, which also includes The Lone Star Stern Wheeler (built in 1868, decommissioned in 1967), the only surviving example in the United States of a wooden-hulled boat built in the traditional Western Rivers fashion. Of course, we’ll get a chance to stop by the American Pickers Antique Archaeology Store and check out their amazing collections.
For lunch, we’ll visit The Crane and Pelican Café located in the Dawley House, a brick Italianate-style house built in 1851 by a riverboat captain and featuring
Victorian-era chandeliers, a curved staircase, and a metal fireplace. You’ll choose from Chicken Salad Sandwich (diced chicken with almonds, cranberries, bacon, onion, and celery in a creamy dressing on a croissant), Asparagus Sandwich (asparagus spears, roasted red peppers, arugula, and cream cheese on pumpernickel bread with lemon aioli), or Cody Road (a huge slab of homemade meatloaf on a brioche bun, drizzled with Cody Road Bourbon glaze garnished with fresh parsley and topped with onion straws).
After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore the shops in downtown LeClaire. Choose from Unique Gift shops, Salsa, Sauce and Spices shop, antiques and art stores as well as the Shameless Chocoholic Shop with 80 exquisite handmade chocolates and sweet treats and a stroll down memory lane with the selection of nostalgic candies you ate as a kid.
We’ll wrap up with a tour of the Mississippi River Distilling Company. The Distillery purchases farm fresh grain, directly from nearby farmers who grow it. You’ll get to see the entire process of spirit making from beginning to end. Mississippi River Distilling Company is one of only a handful of distillers in the U.S. who take the “grain to glass” small batch distillation approach. You’ll be able to see the entire process, from the cleaning, milling, and cooking of the grain, to the fermentation, distillation, blending, aging and bottling of spirits. We finish the tour in the grand tasting room for samples.

Wednesday November 5, 2014
Departure 6:15 am Reedsburg and 6:45 am Baraboo Return to Baraboo approximately 6:00 pm
Fee: $69 (includes tours, lunch, and motorcoach)