Learn the storied past behind one of the most useful American naval ships in modern times as the Rend Lake College Institute for Learning in Retirement ventures out for “Indiana Tour: Evansville Museums and USS LST 325,” set for Thursday, March 16.
The first stop will be the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, home to one of Southern Indiana’s most established and significant cultural centers. The group then will visit the Reitz Home Museum, Evansville’s only Victorian House Museum, situated in the heart of the city’s downtown Historic Preservation District. It is noted as one of the country’s finest examples of French Second empire architecture.
Lunch will be enjoyed at Sunset Grille, overlooking the river. After lunch, the group will visit the USS LST 325 for a tour. This ship arrived in Evansville on Oct. 3, making the city its new permanent home.
This LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of both war and peace. This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during World War II, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by the USS LST Ship Memorial Inc. in 2000 and garnered considerable public attention when its veteran crew brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, Ala.
Bus pickups will be made at 7:15 a.m. at the RLC Coffee Shop in Mt. Vernon and at 7:45 a.m. at the RLC Student Center. Tour fees, lunch and charter bus transportation are included in the fee of $69. Participants should register by March 2.
Learn more about the interesting history of the LST 325 on the Web at www.lstmemorial.org, find out more about the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science at www.emuseum.org and explore the Reitz Home Museum at www.reitzhome.evansville.net.