Summer Hostel 2014

Summer Hostel 2014 is in the past.

Lipscomb University's Summer Hostel 2014

Adult education and travel learning Invites you to:

Famous Pioneers: "In Search of America's Heroes"
June 22-28

During a week full of classes, field trips and travel, students will get the chance to tour the Arnold Engineering Development Center, attend a performance by The Fiddle Orchestra, tour United Record Pressing and see Land Between the Lakes' "The Homeplace" and the bison and elk sanctuary.

Travel trips include going to Bardstown, Ky., to see the Stephen Foster Story. While there, students will be able to take a ride on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, dine at the Historic Talbott Tavern, tour the Abbey of Gethsemani founded in 1848, and visit the Museum Row for Civil War History, Native American History and Natural History of the area.

Classes and Lectures

  • Pioneers of the Colonial Frontier, taught by author Mark Baker

Students will engage in three one-hour talks discussing concepts such as understanding the Colonial Frontier Culture, what it means to be in the Company of Hunters, and tales of hunting and survival and the making of an American Icon.

Baker will also speak at the theme dinner on the colonial frontier roots of Hollywood heroes.

  • Pioneers of Modern Technology, taught by Lipscomb engineering faculty Greg Nordstrom and Fort Gwinn

Topics in this session include early developments that led to the modern digital computer, pioneers in the area of mechanics and aeronautics, and modern industrial automation. Dr. Nordstrom and Dr. Gwinn will lead students in a small hands-on robotics project during the second day of class. 

  • Pioneers of America's Music, taught by Donna King, Lipscomb assistant professor of music

Students will explore songs from America's past and ask why they continue to resonate today. Students will find out who carved out the American hymnal tradition, listen to songs made famous by the Carter family and discover the life and work of popular-music pioneer Stephen Collins Foster.


Registration deadline is June 10

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
A $100 per person deposit is required with the reservation and is nonrefundable after June 10.

Call or email Amy Hamar at 615.966.6216 or at


Option A: June 22-25
(On-campus lectures and local field trips only)
$400 for day students
$480 for boarding students

Option B: June 26-28
(Trip only)
$480 per person

Option C: June 22-28
(Entire week of lectures and travel learning)
$825 for day students
$895 for boarding students

Room and board

Boarding students will be housed in Fanning Hall on campus.
Check in is Sunday, June 22 from 3-5 p.m. in Fanning Hall Lobby.

Casual dress including comfortable walking shoes is appropriate. Close-toed shoes are required for field trips.

All linens for boarding students will be provided except pillows.

For more information, call or email Amy Hamar at 615.966.6216 or at, or click on the link here.