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Program #17341RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 20 — Feb 24, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, February 20 - Arrival - Orientation - NARA presentaiton
Arrive To: Arrivals & Registration-3-5:00pm. Hotel Check In at the Front Desk located in the lobby, then head down to the LATROBE ROOM located on the 3B Constitution Level for registration with your Road Scholar Group Leader and pick up your welcome packet.

Afternoon: 5:30-6:00PM: Orientation with your Group Leader in Latrobe room on the 3B Constitution Level.

Dinner: 6-7:30PM: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: 7:30-9:00PM "Introduction to Genealogical Research at the National Archives and Library of Congress with Genealogist Susannah Brooks- Latrobe room on the 3B Constitution Level. Please note that not every presentation at the National Archives during this program will be relevant to your research. As such, these presentations are OPTIONAL. Thus, the goal of tonight's presentation is to orient you to the Archive's vast resources, and steer you to lectures applicable to your specfic research. To make the most of your time while at the Archives, please review the information included at the end this Information Packet entitled "Civilian Records at the National Archives" & "Records at the Library of Congress"

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, February 21 - National Archives Registration and Orientation/ P...
National Archives Registration and Orientation/ Presentations on Researching Civilian Records/Free time for Individual Research

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Leave the hotel and take the Washington Metro to the U.S. National Archives in downtown Washington, D.C. After registration and an introduction to the rules and regulations at the National Archives, dive right into your genealogical research or participate in one of several presentations offered on archival holdings and focus your research. This morning's presentation is on IMMIGRATION RESEARCH. The national archives has immigration records, also known as "ship passenger arrival records" for arrivals to the U.S between 1820 and 1982. These records can provide you with information such as nationality, place of birth, ship name and date of entry to the U.S, profession, physical features, and contacts of relatives they are joining in the U.S.

Lunch: Lunch at the National Archives.

Afternoon: This afternoon delve into individual research or go to one, two, or both presentations (depending on your area of focus) on research using census data and Freeman's Savings and Trust records. CENSUS RECORDS can provide the building blocks of your research. Taken every 10 years, the National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940. Depending on the census year, these records can provide information on names of family members, ages at a certain point in time, place of birth, parent's birthplaces, marriage status, or the crops that they grew. THE FREEMAN'S SAVINGS AND TRUST COMPANY RECORDS, also known as the Freedman's Bank, offers a very useful resource for African-American genealogical research dating back to the Civil War. These records can contain names, ages, places of birth, family members, residences, and occupations.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant this evening.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

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

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, February 22 - At the National Archives:Presentations on Researc...
At the National Archives:Presentations on Researching Military Records/Escorted Visit to Exhibit Hall/Free Time for Individual Research

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Return to National Archives for individual research or enjoy presentations on National Archives Military Records. Commonly requested military records, such as Compiled Military Service Records and Pension applications, offer narratives of events during service, marriage, birth, and death records, as well as ancestor's rank, unit, and medical information. This morning's two presentations will be on researching military records from the REVOLUTIONARY WAR and the WAR OF 1812.

Lunch: Lunch at the National Archives

Afternoon: This afternoon participate in the second two military records presentations, on Civil War UNION SERVICE RECORDS and CONFEDERATE SERVICE RECORDS respectively, continue with individual research, or enjoy an escorted visit to the Exhibit Hall at the National Archives.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

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

Contact info:
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null

Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)

Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room

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

Bathroom:

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, February 23 - Continuing Research: Library of Congress
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After Registration and Orientation at the Library of Congress, continue your genealogical research or take part in presentations on the Library's collections, including 60,000 published genealogies, and more than 100,000 local U.S histories, manuscripts, microfilms, newspapers, photographs, and maps.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continued presentations on the Library of Congress' holdings or individual research.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Lodging: Grand Hyatt Washington

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Sunday, February 24 - Free Time in Washington DC/Group Leader led excur...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy free time in Washington DC or go on an option Group Leader led excursion.

Afternoon: Program Departures

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Washington, DC
Arlington National CemeteryArlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free.
For additional information, visit: www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Corcoran Gallery of ArtWashington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture
For additional information, visit: www.corcoran.org
Ford's TheatreAs a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life.
For additional information, visit: www.fordstheatre.org
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and GardensExplore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day!
For additional information, visit: www.mountvernon.org
National MallA splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens.
For additional information, visit: nps.gov/nama
Smithsonian MuseumsExplore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more.
For additional information, visit: www.si.edu/
Washington Visitor's BureauVisit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer.
For additional information, visit: www.washington.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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