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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Itinerary for Oct 23 — Oct 28, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines, and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincolns New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult on his own. Guests can stroll the walkable selection of downtown Petersburg, around which are arrayed a variety of Antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf

Contact info:
522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com

Room amenities: RiverBank Lodge has 24 rooms, nearly all unique! Beds are queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, multihead walk-in showers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern upscale hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge. Lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $95 and up plus tax
As space is available.


Day One: Wednesday, October 23 - Dinner, program overview and history of New Salem
Note: Located at the Lodge

Evening: 4 PM: Arrival and check-in. At 5:30pm; welcome, introductions, dinner at the lodge and program orientation. Presentation on the history of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site by retired site interpreter Charlie Starling.

Lodging: RiverBank Lodge

Type: Lodge

Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines, and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincolns New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult on his own. Guests can stroll the walkable selection of downtown Petersburg, around which are arrayed a variety of Antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf

Contact info:
522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com

Room amenities: RiverBank Lodge has 24 rooms, nearly all unique! Beds are queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, multihead walk-in showers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern upscale hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge. Lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $95 and up plus tax
As space is available.


Day Two: Thursday, October 24 - Orientation and meet staff, Lincoln's New Salem p...
Orientation and meet staff, Lincoln's New Salem project overview, training and period clothing selections.

Note: Walking through the village of New Salem.

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: Meet Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site staff. Begin orientation and training for the fall festival including viewing the film, Visitor Center exhibits and guided walking tour of the historic site.

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Receive training in interpreting the history of New Salem to visitors during the festival and select period clothing that is used by all site volunteers. Overview of service learning activities/projects and assignment of activities to work on during the festival.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Presentation on “The Area’s Natural History and Sangamon River” by Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum.

Lodging: RiverBank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines, and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincolns New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult on his own. Guests can stroll the walkable selection of downtown Petersburg, around which are arrayed a variety of Antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf

Contact info:
522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com

Room amenities: RiverBank Lodge has 24 rooms, nearly all unique! Beds are queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, multihead walk-in showers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern upscale hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge. Lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $95 and up plus tax
As space is available.


Day Three: Friday, October 25 - Training in demonstration activities at Lincoln's...
Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: Assist with preparations for the Fall Festival. Begin training in 1830's period demonstration activities. Learn the history of the village and connection with the projects and begin documentation of activities as you learn them.

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Continue 1830's period demonstration activities and at your individual sites. Continue to document projects as you practice them and review locations and project assignments for the festival weekend.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Get-together after dinner.

Lodging: RiverBank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines, and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincolns New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult on his own. Guests can stroll the walkable selection of downtown Petersburg, around which are arrayed a variety of Antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf

Contact info:
522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com

Room amenities: RiverBank Lodge has 24 rooms, nearly all unique! Beds are queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, multihead walk-in showers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern upscale hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge. Lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $95 and up plus tax
As space is available.


Day Four: Saturday, October 26 - Participate in the first day of the annual Lincol...
Participate in the first day of the annual Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.

Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: Participate in 1830's demonstration activities in assigned log houses, shops or on the grounds of the village. This will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and understandings of the 1830's work processes being performed.

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Continue 1830's demonstration activities in assigned log houses, shops or on the grounds of the village. This will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and understandings of the 1830's work processes being performed.

Dinner: At the Lodge

Evening: Free time

Lodging: RiverBank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines, and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincolns New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult on his own. Guests can stroll the walkable selection of downtown Petersburg, around which are arrayed a variety of Antique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf

Contact info:
522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com

Room amenities: RiverBank Lodge has 24 rooms, nearly all unique! Beds are queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, multihead walk-in showers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern upscale hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge. Lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $95 and up plus tax
As space is available.


Day Five: Sunday, October 27 - Participate in the second and final day of the an...
Participate in the second and final day of the annual Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.

Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: Continue 1830's demonstration activities in assigned log houses, shops or on the grounds of the village. This will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and understandings of the 1830's work processes being performed.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the historic village.

Afternoon: Continue 1830's demonstration activities in assigned log houses, shops or on the grounds of the village. This will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and understandings of the 1830's work processes being performed.

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge

Evening: Musical entertainment

Lodging: RiverBank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, October 28 - Wrap up to discuss activities and final projects ...
Wrap up to discuss activities and final projects and participation at the Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.

Note: At the Lodge

Breakfast: At the Lodge

Morning: Share experiences and discuss activities, final projects and participation at the Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival. Program ends at 10:30am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Petersburg, IL
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumDedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.presidentlincoln.org
Illinois State CapitolThe first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free.
For additional information, visit: www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Illinois State MuseumPermanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free.
For additional information, visit: www.museum.state.il.us
Lincoln Home National Historic Site“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/liho
Lincoln Tomb State Historic SiteThis beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm; Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm; Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
Old State Capitol State Historic Site“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested.
For additional information, visit: www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm

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