Through a special friendship that Central Indiana Mensa has with Dr Jonathan Eller (Chancellor’s Professor of English and Director of Indiana University’s Center for Ray Bradbury Studies) and Julia Whitehead (CEO and Founder of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library), you can experience the unique opportunity to “meet” both Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut while in Indianapolis.
This tour leaves at 8:30 a.m. for the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. You'll meet with Dr. Eller and his wife, who became part of Bradbury’s family through their close friendship. Bradbury’s office was donated by his daughters and moved to the IUPUI campus. You'll see many artifacts including his typewriter, photos and awards, and a vast collection of papers and books. Dr. and Mrs. Eller have amazing personal stories to tell.
After, you;'ll move on to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library to meet with their able and knowledgeable staff. (Try to stump Library Curator Chris Lafave with a Vonnegut question. You won’t.) You will see a collection of Vonnegut’s personal items (including his typewriter), books and artwork, and hear about his life and career, including growing up in Indy.
Because these venues are intimate, we are limiting this tour to 30 people. You will be traveling by air-conditioned trolley. Return will be in time for lunch. Please note this tour is through special arrangements with both facilities and is not affiliated with the company providing the other tours. Please direct any questions to Tour Chair Ann Hake.