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GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

In-Depth Gettysburg: The Battle, the Combatants and the Town-Turned-Battlefield

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Itinerary for Apr 12 — Apr 17, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel for pricing
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 12 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation...
Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Living History Presentation

Note: Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Living History Presentation

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: In our classroom, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. The Site Coordinator will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All transit will be private unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Site Coordinator or Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel featuring a three course plated meal w/salad, entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: At the hotel we’ll learn about Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend Hannah Shearer. Mrs. Lincoln, the first presidential wife to be called First Lady by the press, took an active role in helping her husband through the Civil War. She traveled across the Union helping raise the morale of soldiers, served as a messenger and an informer for Union troops and President Lincoln, and was one of the strongest advocates of full abolition for African American so much so that she considered the Emancipation Proclamation a personal victory.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel for pricing
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 13 - Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center a...
Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum / Gettysburg Cyclorama / Analyzing the Battle: Day 1 / and Visit / Historical Movie

Note: Note: Walking up to approximately 1 mile; standing for up to 2 hours; uneven battlefield terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a rotating dish of the day plus eggs hot/cold cereals, fruit, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.

Morning: We’ll begin with a field trip via public transportation to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. The museum features the short film "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, one of the few remaining cycloramas in the United States, which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a hearty buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.

Afternoon: The Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the Civil War. The leader of the Confederates, General Robert E. Lee, mounted an invasion of the North that was intended to break Northern morale and lead to a negotiated peace. Lee massed his 80,000 men around the little town of Gettysburg, met by about 100,000 in the Union army commanded by General George Meade. The battle that raged from July 1-3, 1863, went back and forth with the advantage changing from one side to another and massive numbers of deaths. When it was done, more Americans died in those three days at Gettysburg than the entire Vietnam war and Lee was defeated.

We’ll be joined by a Licensed Battlefield Guide who will outline the events of Day 1 of the battle and examine the tactics of the opposing armies that ended with General Lee and his Confederates holding the advantage. Then, we’ll take a field trip via private coach to see the places involved on Day 1 and imagine what it was like to be there.

Following our historical analysis, hop on our private coach for a field trip led by the Licensed Battlefield Guide to see and discuss the sites of the first day’s battle.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: To see how Hollywood deals with history, we’ll view the first half of the 1993 movie "Gettysburg," based on the book The Killer Angels.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel for pricing
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 14 - Seminary Ridge Museum / Analyzing the Battle: Day...
Seminary Ridge Museum / Analyzing the Battle: Day 2 / and Visit / Soldiers National Cemetery / Historical Movie

Note: Note: Walking up to approximately 2 miles; standing for up to 2 hours; uneven battlefield terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our field trip this morning is to Seminary Ridge Museum — a state of the art museum that interprets our country's greatest martial, compassionate, and spiritual dramas in the place that saw them all in 1863. Through a unified interpretive exhibit spread over four floors, the museum presents the dramatic first hours of the battle on July 1st, dramatically portrays the building as a Field Hospital, and hosts the stories of the tension of churches and people, as well as the rights of African Americans in the years leading up to the Civil War.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: The morning, our Licensed Battlefield Guide will continue a detailed analysis of the Battle of Gettysburg, focusing on the dramatic events of Day 2, followed by a field trip to the battlefield. We’ll visit West Confederate Avenue, where the Confederate soldiers attacked the Union army’s left flank.

On July 2nd, General Lee hoped to capitalize on his success from the day before. In the morning, Confederate forces attacked from the west at Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard. Despite the company being effectively destroyed at the Wheatfield and needing heavy reinforcement’s through the day, Union forces were able to hang on and hold their ground. In the evening, Lee hoped to break the Union right flank but was repelled again.

We’ll end the day with a walk through Cemetery Hill, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: We’ll view the second half of the movie "Gettysburg."

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel for pricing
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 15 - Shriver Museum / Other Aspects of the Battle with...
Shriver Museum / Other Aspects of the Battle with Local Experts / Gettysburg Cyclorama

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We'll take a field trip to visit the restored Shriver House to see and hear the experiences of a local Gettysburg family during the battle.

Built by George Shriver and his family in 1860, the house featured a cellar that he hoped to turn into his new business; Shriver’s Saloon and Ten-Pin Alley. Believing the war would be a short one, George volunteered for service in 1861 but still had not made it home by the time opposing forces approached Gettysburg. Fleeing the home on July 1st, George’s wife Hettie took their kids and their neighbors’ daughter to their home further from town, in between Little and Big Round Top where the worst of the fighting would occur over the next three days. Following the battle, Hettie helped her family and the thousands of wounded before returning to her home on July 7, with her neighbors recounting the events of the battle and the Confederate sharpshooters that held her home as a nest.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll attend two lectures led by local historians on related Battle topics in our hotel classroom.

Dinner: In the Visitors Center Dining Room, we’ll have a buffet featuring soup, salad, an entrée, and dessert plus water, coffee, and tea.

Evening: Continuing at the Visitors Center, we’ll have a private viewing of the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama. Led by a Park Ranger, take an exclusive behind-the-scene look at the painting, standing 42 feet high and 377 feet around. This masterpiece by French artist Paul Philippoteaux depicts the climactic Pickett’s charge and was restored by 20 professional conservators over a five year period beginning in 2005.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call Hotel for pricing
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 16 - Lecture / Free Afternoon / Farewell Dinner / Folk...
Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: In our classroom, we'll examine and discuss topics in a lecture setting led by local historians.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Gettysburg has a number of restaurants located in historic buildings. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most. You might like to explore the town of Gettysburg or the Military National Park. Your Group Leader will be able to help you plan this time.

Dinner: Farewell social with appetizers and punch (other beverages available for purchase) followed dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: At the hotel, you will meet a local renowned folk musician for a performance of Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 17 - Analyzing the Battle: Day 3 Lecture / and Visit /...
Note: Note: Hotel check-out after breakfast. Luggage can be kept in the classroom or behind the Front Desk. Walking up to approximately 1 mile; standing for up to 2 hours; uneven battlefield terrain.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll have a lecture on the third day and final day of fighting at Gettysburg.

Begun early in the morning by Union artillery, they thwarted Confederate plans to attack the Union flanks and instead managed to reinforce their lines. Forcing a change of plans, General Lee decided to march at the center of the Union line following an artillery barrage. This fateful march is now known as “Pickett’s Charge” and marked closest the Confederate troops would come to a victory on Union soil.

Following our classroom discussion, we'll venture out to visit the day's corresponding sites on the Battlefield.

We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

Lunch: You will have a box lunch you may have at the hotel or take away with you. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams CountyVisit our local YWCA located just 1 mile from the Gettysburg Hotel at 909 Fairfield Road (Rte 116). This family recreation facility offers a swimming pool and a spacious 12-person whirlpool-there is no towel service so be sure to bring your own towels. You may swim during lap lane/open swim or join an aquatics fitness class- Please check schedule in your hotel classroom for times. Also available is the weight and fitness room, 2 basketball and 2 racquetball courts for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (pool opens at 6a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. (717) 334-9171.
For additional information, visit: www.ywcagettysburg.org
Adams County Historical SocietyLocated in the Samuel Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has a museum, library, archives and meeting rooms of the society. Between archives, photographs, books, and objects the Adams County Historical Society estimates that it has over 1,000,000 items in the collection. Hours of operation are: Wednesday thru Saturday 9a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Museum is open by appointment only. Please contact the Historical Society for more information or to schedule a tour at (717)-334-4723.
For additional information, visit: www.achs-pa.org
Guided Historic Walking ToursDepart from the Gettysburg Hotel with a licensed Town Guide and learn how the battle impacted the town and its people. Walk to historical buildings and landmarks while hearing the stories from diary entries, personal accounts, letters, drawings, and photographs with stories of Tillie Pierce, the canon known as “Penelope”, Mary Virginia Wade, Sarah Broadhead, Mary McAllister, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Burns and many, many others. Tours run April thru November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (717) 339-6161 or (717) 337-3491.
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
The David Wills HouseHome of attorney David Wills and where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. The museum includes seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated post-battle recovery efforts and the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address. For more information on rates and hours of operation please call (717) 337-3491
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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