Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2017
Little Rock, Arkansas
2017 SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION
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2017 Symposium Accommodations & FAM Tours
We are excited to be back at a DoubleTree by Hilton again in 2017!
The team at the DoubleTree Little Rock are getting ready to greet you with their signature chocolate chip cookies, warm southern hospitality and full american breakfast for hotel guests only, to start off your mornings!
The DoubleTree is in the heart of Little Rock and steps away from the revitalized Riverfront Marketplace, street cars, parks and a short 15 minute ride from the Little Rock International Airport (complimentary airport shuttle).
Room rate for ITMI Symposium Attendees:
$149 single per night plus hotel tax or $74.50 double, per night, per person plus hotel tax
Symposium Complimentary Sightseeing Tours
All Symposium participants are invited to enjoy a variety of complimentary pre- and post-Symposium sightseeing FAM tours* of Arkansas featuring Central High of Little Rock Nine Fame, Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International, Arkansas Wine Country, Historic Downtown Conway, Hot Springs - the oldest park in the National Park System, Arlington Hotel, Al Capone haunts, Oaklawn Horse Racing and Crystal Bridges American Art Museum located over 120 acres of Ozark Forest immersing visitors in history and the natural environment.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM TOURS : SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016
POST-SYMPOSIUM TOURS : THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Half-Day “Little Rock Sightseeing with a Twist”
Tour A - SUNDAY 01/29 (12:30pm – 5:30pm)
Tour E - THURSDAY 02/02 (8:30am – 1:30pm)
For decades, Little Rock has been a hub for national and international news. From the 1957 Central High School Crisis to the Clinton Presidential Library, so much of American history has played out right here. That is why we add a dose of news and a dash of Hollywood to this tour. Not only will you visit the landmarks, you’ll watch and remember the news clips that made these sites famous. Highlights include “the Little Rock”, Old Statehouse, Governor’s Mansion, Quapaw Quarter, tour of Central High visitor center, tour of Clinton Library, Heifer International and many other unexpected stops! By the end, you’ll know why it’s called sightseeing…with a twist. This is an award-winning and very popular tour. Don’t miss it!
All-Day “Arkansas Wine Country”
Tour B - SUNDAY 01/29 (10:00am – 6:30pm)
Tour F - THURSDAY 02/02 (10:00am – 6:30pm)
Arkansas Wine Country offers its guests a taste of local flavor! Just two hours northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas has established a flavorful grouping of wineries and vineyards. Our tour takes us to two of the most popular, and tasteful wineries the state has to offer! We will first visit Post Familie Vineyards. Since 1880, five generations of Posts have cultivated and harvested their grapes to make Post Familie wines. Post Winery is the largest winery in Arkansas and the first to bring you 100% Muscadine Juice- and that famous Muscadine Wine. Today it is the fifth generation that is continuing the winegrowing tradition of excellence. As we end our “Toast with Post,” we head to Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery, the world’s largest planter of Cynthiana grapes. Also, the largest U.S. Chardonnay vineyard outside of California. Chateau Aux Arc is noted as the largest Zinfandel planter in Arkansas, and has history dating back to 1982. The winery is as sweet as the Zinfandel you are sure to taste. Arkansas Wine Country offers a unique blend of locally harvested and produced wines. A taste you won’t experience anywhere else!
Full-Day “Hot Springs, History and Horse Racing”
Tour C - SUNDAY 01/29 (8:00am – 5:45pm)
Tour G - THURSDAY 02/02 (8:00am – 5:45pm)
It’s beautiful, exciting, and has a steamy history! As the oldest park in the National Park System, stories about Hot Springs date back 10,000 years. Known as “The Valley of the Vapors” and "The Spa City", water gushes from the mountainside at a constant 143' degrees. Relaxing, medicinal, and revitalizing... this resort town in the Ouachita Mountains has lured American Indian Tribes, gangsters Al Capone and Bugs Moran, and millions of visitors to enjoy shopping, art galleries, museums, and world famous “Bathhouse Row.” Also known as Bill Clinton's boyhood town, you’ll get behind the scenes experiences when you see the former president’s room at the Arlington Hotel, his boyhood home and favorite hangouts…and hear stories you won’t find anywhere else! Indulge in a relaxing bath on the Historic Bathhouse Row, or shop til’ you drop in the bustling downtown. Our trip is not complete without a stop at Oaklawn Park Race Track, where you can place a bet on the winning horse, play the slots, or just enjoy a day at the races! A day of revitalization, charming downtowns, thrilling races, and unique history capture’s all that Arkansas offers to guests!
Full-Day “Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art”
Tour D - SUNDAY 01/29 (8:00am – 6:45pm)
Tour H - THURSDAY 02/02 (8:00am – 6:45pm)
Located in the heart of the country in Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges explores the unfolding history of America by collecting and exhibiting outstanding works of art that illuminate our artistic heritage and enrich our understanding and appreciation of our nation and ourselves. With 120 acres of native Ozark forest, Crystal Bridges’ grounds invites visitors to enjoy the natural environment as a continuation of their museum experience. The Museum’s distinctive architecture immerses visitors in the landscape. Through their ever-expanding permanent collection of American art, temporary exhibitions, and a wide variety of entertaining and educational programs, Crystal Bridges has become an invaluable resource for the Bentonville community, and a must-see attraction for tourists in Arkansas. We will depart Crystal Bridges and return to Little Rock for you to enjoy dinner (on own) in the charming and eclectic Little Rock River Market district.
Little Rock is an excellent choice, located in a beautiful part of the country. I've taken many groups through Arkansas and fell in love with Little Rock, Eureka Springs (with Painted Ladies that even San Francisco would envy), the so-called Grand Canyon of the Ozarks, etc. As a history buff I was humbled to visit Little Rock High School and see how far we have come as a society. If you have never been there, l would encourage you to go. Arkansas & Little Rock has much to offer and Symposium has always had much to offer!
Marilyn Barksdale, 1993 Alumni
*These tour descriptions are preliminary and subject to modification by the companies and organizations hosting the tours. Check the appropriate box on the registration form to select one pre- and one post-tour. Please note the tour start and end times and locations for booking your flights.