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Friends of Historic Deerfield Trip: Crystal Bridges Museum

Join Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea October 24-27, 2018 to explore the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as well as connoisseur tours of other exceptional Northwest Arkansas museums, stunning architecture, and tours of remarkable private collections.


Day One – Wednesday, October 24

Join Philip Zea, fellow travelers, and Historic Deerfield staff for an evening welcome reception and dinner at The Hive Restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, AR.

Day Two – Thursday, October 25

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Opened in 2011, the Museum was founded by Alice Walton and designed by Moshe Safdie, and “welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.”  The acclaimed collection includes such masterpieces as Charles Wilson Peale’s and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington; Asher Brown Durand’s Kindred Spirits; and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter. Other major works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Hart Benton, and Andy Warhol are also featured.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bachman-Wilson House – Designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this house is an example of Wright's classic Usonian architecture.  Originally built in 1956 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, the house was meticulously restored in 1988. Crystal Bridges acquired the structure in 2013 and reconstructed it on the Museum grounds in 2015.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History – Celebrating their 50th anniversary, this regional history museum focuses on the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas, a pioneer community and a historical crossroads between early American settlers and the Plains tribes.   The museum has a large research library with a public image archive that explores the everyday men, women, and children who shaped the area's rich history. They also feature six historic buildings on site dating from 1850 to 1930.

Day Three – Friday, October 26

Museum of Native American History – Founded by David Bogle, a registered member of the Cherokee Nation born and raised in Bentonville, the museum houses an incredible collection comprised of more than 10,000 artifacts from across North and South America. A jewel of a museum, it has been described as “a national repository that honors the lives and cultures of the first Americans.”

Museum of Native American History

Museum of Native American History

Pea Ridge National Military Park – Site of the 1862 Civil War battle that gave the Union total control of Missouri and led directly to the federal occupation of Arkansas. During the Battle of Pea Ridge, some 26,000 soldiers clashed during the two-day battle. The Confederate army also included about 800 Cherokees. Today, the Pea Ridge Military Park encompasses 4,300 acres and features a reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern, visitors center, and museum.

Thorncrown Chapel – Blending perfectly within its woodland setting, rising forty-eight feet high above a base of native stone and colored flagstone, this spectacular wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass.  The structure's simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called "one of the finest religious spaces of modern times."  The magnificent Thorncrown Chapel was designed by E. Fay Jones, apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and winner of the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Institute of Architects. The members of AIA ranked the Chapel fourth on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century. 

Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel

Tyson Foods, Inc. Private Collection – Join us for an exclusive viewing of this eclectic collection covering a range of themes; The American West, Americana/Agrarian Landscapes, Pop Art/Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Arkansas Artists.  This remarkable collection portrays the combined passions of current Chairman John Tyson and his father, Don Tyson and is displayed along the hallways and offices of the Tyson World Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas.  Not open for public viewing, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Private Tour, Bob and Becky Alexander Collection of American Folk Art – This spectacular folk art collection, assembled over more than 20 years, demonstrates careful discernment among a wide range of interests, including paintings, carvings, pottery, decoys, painted and decorated furniture, weathervanes, and Native American artifacts.

Day Four – Saturday, October 27

After breakfast at the hotel, guests will depart for home or to explore further the many fascinating cultural and historical riches foundin Northwest Arkansas.

Itinerary subject to change. 

Lodging / Transportation

21c Museum Hotel,  Bentonville, AR

21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel

Arriving Wednesday, October 24; departing Saturday, October 27

Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural center and home to The Hive restaurant, led by executive chef and James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist Matthew McClure.  In 2017, The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville was recognized as a Top 15 City Hotel in the Continental United States by Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2017 World's Best Awards.

Arrival/Departure: Many major airlines provide service to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, which is approximately 13 miles from the hotel.  Uber and local taxi services are readily available from the airport terminal.


All ground transportation will be provided on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, originating from and returning to the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville.  Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the hotel on Wednesday, October 24 and upon departure on Saturday, October 27.

Pricing and Special Offer

Early Bird Price Before 6/30/2018
$2795 (Save $250!)

Price after 6/30/2018

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single accommodations are an additional $250. Participants must be members of Historic Deerfield or join at registration. Included meals and transportation: dinner on Wednesday, October 24; all meals and transportation on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26; breakfast on Saturday, October 27. Prices do not include airfare. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to/from the airport. 

Special Early Bird Offer

The first 10 people to register will receive a copy of Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

To register for the Friends of Historic Deerfield Trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, please call (413) 775-7176 or download a registration form.


General Terms and Conditions

PLEASE NOTE:  Any payment to Historic Deerfield for this Friends Trip constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.  Historic Deerfield reserves the right to cancel the trip if undersubscribed.  A full refund will be provided if Historic Deerfield cancels the trip.

INCLUDED—All entrance fees, lodging, meals, bus transportation, group gratuities, and taxes are paid by Historic Deerfield.

NOT INCLUDED—Fees for airfare, transportation to the hotel, personal gratuities, room service, hotel incidentals and hospitality bar, laundry and dry cleaning, parking, travel insurance, and all items of a strictly personal nature. 

MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL—The right is retained to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of Historic Deerfield is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance.

CANCELLATION—All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Historic Deerfield.  Cancel-lations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $250 per person cancellation fee. Cancellation during September 2018 will result in forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person.  Cancellation during October 2018 will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. 

BAGGAGE—Transport of baggage and personal effects is at the owner’s risk throughout the travel program and are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. The transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances.

AUTHORITY TO USE IMAGES AND AUDIO RECORDINGS—On occasion, Historic Deerfield obtains from its staff, or from trip participants, photographic or video images of participants and trip activities. By participating in this travel program, you authorize Historic Deerfield, without providing compensation to you, or obtaining additional approvals from you, to include photographic and video recordings of you, as well as voice recordings included with any videos, in Historic Deerfield’s sales, marketing, advertising, publicity and/or training activities.

RESPONSIBILITY—Historic Deerfield does not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for this program, and acts only as agents for the independent suppliers of travel conveyance, transport, accommodations or other services. All such persons or entities are independent contractors. As a result, Historic Deerfield is not liable for any negligence or willful act of any such person or entity or any third person.  In addition and without limitation, Historic Deerfield is not responsible for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. 

Dates, program details and tour costs, although given in good faith and based on tariffs, and other information current at the time of printing, are subject to change at or before the time of departure. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated.  However, the right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice, which might become necessary, with the mutual understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passenger. If the entire program is cancelled for any reason, participants shall have no claim other than for a full refund. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and accepts the terms of this contract set out herein and in more specific pre-departure passenger information.

DEDUCTABILITY—A portion of the total cost of the trip may be considered a tax-deductable gift to Historic Deerfield, and will be acknowledged at the conclusion of the trip.

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