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Preliminary Field Trips for REP VIII


Holmes County Amish, Led by Timothy Anderson
Will run on Wednesday Sept 21. All day tour of Amish County starting at 9:00am. Will conclude before Reception.

Cost: $55 for roundtrip bus fare and lunch

Trip highlights include:
-Visit to the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center ( )
-Guided tour of the cyclorama painting depicting Anabaptist history including a visit to the gift shop and bank barn on site
- Visit to Heini’s Cheese Chalet ( )
- Lunch at Berlin Farmstead Restaurant ( )
- Visit the Robert Hershberger/Rudy Yoder farm (a working Amish farm)

First come-First serve


Kent State Commemorative Landscape,  Led by Chris Post

Will run on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd at 3:00 pm
On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen shot into a crowd of Kent State students peacefully protesting against the United States’
expansion of the Vietnam Conflict into Cambodia. The Guard killed four students and wounded nine, permanently paralyzing one.
This tour will follow the footsteps of the students that day, covering how the events unfolded. It will simultaneously illustrate the event’s commemorative
landscape and how it has evolved over time amidst disagreement, campus expansion, and acceptance of what happened that day.

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Walking Trip of Revitalized Kent, Led by Jennifer Mapes

Will run on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd at 2:00 pm
The downtown walking tour will include a short history of the City of Kent with a focus on the recent downtown redevelopment. 
Historically part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Kent’s landscape is dominated by its railroads and iconic grain elevator, the Cuyahoga River, and Kent State University.
The city is also known for its designation as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and for its art and music scene.
In recent years, Kent’s downtown underwent a $110 million transformation, with mixed-used retail and office space replacing parking lots.
Retail space doubled, and a walking path built by the university reconnected the campus to downtown. The public-private partnership won Best Project Award from the
Ohio Economic Development Association in 2012 as well as recognition from the International Economic Development Council and International Town-Gown Association.

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Ethnic Cleveland, Led by John Grabowski, Case Western University

Will run on Thursday, September 22
This three-hour tour of Cleveland will focus on the history of migration and immigration to Cleveland through visits through neighborhoods and landscapes that form the visual
evidence of past and current migration to the city. Our route will take us through east side neighborhoods such as Little Italy, Glenville and Slavic Village
and through the once thriving industrial areas that drew migrants to these areas. We will also visit the "Flats" the wide valley of the Cuyahoga River that served as a
divide between the city's east and west side neighborhoods. West of the river the route will work through the largely Hispanic community along Lorain Avenue
and into older areas, such as Tremont and Detroit Shoreway which have been "rediscovered." Throughout the journey we will look at the divides -- geographic,
man-made, and institutional, that enclose and separate neighborhoods and explore contemporary issues relating to gentrification, public transportation, and
the shared "pasts" that occur when different groups come to inhabit a space over time.

3:35    Leave Kent Hotel
4:15-7:15    Tour of Ethnic Cleveland
7:15-8:15    Dinner at Seven Roses, a classic Polish Restaurant in Slavic Village.
Classic Polish meal for everybody (schnitzel, cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa, soup, dessert). 
Please let me know personally if this selection does not work for you and I will see what I can do. 

9:15    Back at Kent Hotel
Cost of Field Trip: $35-45 (does not include dinner)

To Register:
1) Email Dave Kaplan at to reserve.

2) Please send a $70 check made out to "REP Conference- Geography" to:
REP Conference- Geography
Department of Geography
413 McGilvrey Hall
Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242
Attn: David Kaplan