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Department of Continuing Education collection

Identifier: AR 188

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials related to the Utah Valley University Community and Continuing Education Elderhostel (now referred to as Road Scholar) and Elder Quest programs. The collection contains general local office materials for both Community and Continuing Education and Elderhostel including correspondence, marketing, personnel information, and newsletters. The Community and Continuing Education series includes items pertaining specifically to Centro Hispano, Community Education, and Elder Quest. A large portion of the Elderhostel series contains information on individual excursions offered through Utah Valley University (or Utah Valley State College), vendors used in providing those programs, and receipts with corresponding bank statements relating to those programs. The collection also includes photographs, souvenir videos, and data disks.


  • Creation: 1993 - 2020


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for Research. Copyright for Official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Elderhostel was founded by two individuals Marty Knowlton and David Bianco. Knowlton was impressed by his youth hosteling experince in Europe along with seeing Scandinavian seniors sharing their life experiences and knowledge. He told his friend Bianco about these exerpiences and his thoughts after returning home to University of New Hampshire. Bianco is noted as exclaining, "This campus ought not to be having a youth hostel, it ought to be having an elder hostel." The name was born, and a learning program was conceived that combined education with travel to foster experiential learning, they afforded participants the opportunity to discover the people, culture, environment, and history of the countries visited through in-depth lectures, course-related field trips, cultural excursions, and extracurricular activities. In 2010 Elderhostel changed its name and is currently known as Road Scholar.

The Utah Valley University Elderhostel and Road Scholar programs showcase the beautiful state of Utah and share its geological wonders, fascinating history and much more with the world. Many adventure based learning programs for adults of all ages are offered to help keep participants intellectually and physically active, including many "intergenerational" learning experiences bringing together children and their grandparents. Program and courses may include Golf, Hot-air ballooning, Rockhounding, Intergenerational, Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Geology, Archaeology, Music, Western History, Film, Hiking, Aviation, Dinosaurs, Family History Research, etc.


40.38 Linear Feet (63 containers)


This collection contains materials related to the Utah Valley University Community and Continuing Education Elderhostel (now referred to as Road Scholar) and Elder Quest programs including general local office materials, items from Elderhostel excursions, scrapbooks detailing Elder Quest’s history, photographs, and audio visual materials.

Arrangement note

This collection is comprised of three series related to the Community and Continuing Education department, Elderhostel, and Elder Quest.

The Community and Continuing Education series is arranged as follows: general office; marketing items; articles and newsletters; Centro Hispano; and Community Education Discover catalogues. The Elderhostel series is arranged as follows: general office; personnel; contacts; correspondence; provider newsletter; fleet operations; work orders UVSC; training; Coordinator Manual; local marketing; printed materials; Exploritas; Road Scholar; programs; vendors; financial; photographs; video; audio; and 3 1/4 floppy disks. The Elder Quest series is arrange as follows: registration records and scrapbooks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Utah Valley University Department of Community and Continuing Education, Frances Reiser, and Ruth Hillam.

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record.


Finding aid originally prepared by Kellie Johnson, volunteer, 2013. Edits and updates by Aimee Bastarache, Archives librarian, and Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, 2016-2022.
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Revision Statements

  • 13 July 2016: Scrapbooks from 1993-2014 (boxes 45-57) donated by Frances Reiser.
  • 9 September 2021: Scrapbooks from 2014-2020 (boxes 58-63) donated by Ruth Hillam.
  • 2 February 2022: Collection name changed to "Department of Continuing Education collection" from "Department of Community and Continuing Education collection of Elderhostel materials."
  • 2022 February: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States