The Walt Disney Birthplace, Chicago, Illinois, May 2017

The Walt Disney Birthplace, Chicago, Illinois, May 2017


OVERVIEW OF THE                            ORIGINAL PILGRIMAGE

FROM BIRTH TO DEATH

Day 1:  Chicago

Day 2:  Marceline

Day 3:  Kansas City

Day 4:  San Francisco

Day 5:  Mineral King

Day 6:  Valencia/Newhall

Day 7:  Los Angeles

Day 8:  Disneyland

Day 9:  Burbank and Glendale


TIMELINE/HISTORY OF                 WALT'S PILGRIMAGE

2013:  Idea of the Pilgrimage is Born in December

2014:  Proposal for a college course on Walt's Pilgrimage is proposed and approved

2015:  Study in the States course in Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College debuts as the "Disney Pilgrimage" with 8 students participating in July

2015:  Course is renamed "Walt's Pilgrimage"

2016:  Second Pilgrimage Course 

2017:  Third Pilgrimage Course 

2017:  Walt's Pilgrimage The Book is published

2018:  Fourth Pilgrimage Course 


ABOUT THE PILGRIMAGE

The idea for the Pilgrimage was born in December 2013 when Christopher Tremblay visited the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  In that same month, Tremblay had pledge support via kickstarter for The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, Illinois.

FROM TREMBLAY:

I had always wanted to visit Marceline, Missouri to see Walt’s hometown and thought about gathering some fellow Disney fans for a road trip to Chicago (to see the birth home) and Marceline. I shared the idea with my dear friend and university colleague, Julia Primavera Kuntz, who told me that my idea sounded like a “Study in the States” trip offered by Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College in Kalamazoo. So the fun road trip became an official college course. Then the course inspired this book. I wanted others in the world to experience the life of Walt Disney in this way.

 Walt's Grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA

Walt's Grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA


CLASS OF 2015 PILGRIMS

CLASS OF 2016 PILGRIMS

CLASS OF 2017 PILGRIMS

CLASS OF 2018 PILGRIMS

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