The Cultural Studies Academy, Inc. was founded by Slippery Rock University Professor Emeritus, Dr. Henry Lenz and his wife Linda Lenz, in 1963 (incorporated in 1964) to facilitate educational college credit bearing and workshop programs.
CSA Founders, Henry & Linda Lenz
The Cultural Studies Academy, Inc., is now owned and under the direction of Henry and Linda’s youngest daughter, Sonya Lenz, and is comprised of two separate entities a tour company, The Cultural Studies Academy and an in-house travel agency for private and corporate clients, Lenz Travel Services.
Sonya Lenz at the foot of the Untersberg mountain
Since 1963, CSA Tours has grown to include historical, cultural, and specialty tours to Europe, Egypt, and the Orient for specific clients, groups and associations. Its extensive repertoire includes nationally renown tours such as: The Other Europe (touring delightful small towns and alpine villages not on the regular tourist route), The Alpine Escapade (visiting Switzerland, Austria and the Black Forest Region of Germany), The Oberammergau (emphasizing Christ’s Passion Play), The Egyptian Holiday (exploring King Tut’s Tomb, Valley of the Kings, the Giza Pyramids, and the River Nile), The Oriental Fantasy (highlighting the exotic Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo) and the ever popular, annual European Summer Study Program in Salzburg, Austria which provides an opportunity for high school, college and adult students as well as families to live and learn in Austria while earning college credits or enrolling in educational workshops. These courses include German Language, Painting, Writing, Music, Voice, History, Humanities, Education, Art and others specially designed for CSA and accredited through institutions such as; The University of Southern California, Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio), Geneva College (PA), Simmons College (MA), Slippery Rock University (PA) and the world famous Mozarteum University of Salzburg, to name just a few. A select variety of non-credit workshops are also offered each summer, such as the wonderful European Euphoria Workshop which feature tours and visits of spa relaxation centers/resorts as well as various Instrumental Performance Workshops with prominence to beginning through advanced concentration of studies and rehearsals.
The Lenz Family 1967
Henry and Linda are now both retired, and live in their beautiful cedar home, Lenzelhof, which they built in Western Pennsylvania. For over 40 years they guided tours throughout the world with The Cultural Studies Academy and CSA Tours. They still travel, making frequent visits to Munich, Germany to visit their daughter Wanda. They both hope to go with CSA in 2010 on their A Slice of Heaven Tour which will feature the Oberammergau Passion Play. They enjoy reminiscing about their groups and tours of years gone by and still speak about their travel and guiding experiences to groups and organizations. Linda and Henry also enjoy hearing from past participants and friends. You may contact them directly via e-mail. Linda at TRIELL4@aol.com and Henry at TOURDOCTOR34@aol.com
Henry at the Helm
Linda at the Helm