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Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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Program #20379RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Feb 18 — Feb 23, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, February 18 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30-6 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a restaurant across the street from the hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, overview of the week's program, and overview of Natchez's history.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, February 19 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel/Lectures about Natchez history and culture. Expert-led walking exploration along the Mississippi River. Exploration of Stanton Hall and St. Mary Basilica. Dinner in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Natchez.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history will precede an expert-led walking exploration along the Mississippi River bluff and an expert-led visit to historic Rosalie, one of the most photographed mansions in America.

Lunch: In the Carriage House on the grounds of historic Stanton Hall, with program by Rotary speaker.

Afternoon: Guided exploration of the mansion Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Exploration of St. Mary Catholic Basilica, one of the most beautiful buildings in the South. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will follow a menu from 1836 found in the diary of William Johnson. It will be at a downtown historic building.

Evening: Stroll along the riverfront to see the sunset and lighted river bridges. Afterward enjoy an award-winning documentary film about the first 25 years of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, 1990-2014

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, February 20 - Program about William Johnson, a Free Black, with...
Program about William Johnson, a Free Black, with field trip to his historic home. Visit to Natchez in Historic Photographs and two historic churches with interesting architecture. Pre-conference session of 25th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: The story of William Johnson by a local historian who impersonates the Free Black. Afterward, visit to the William Johnson House, part of the Natchez National Historical Park. Field trip to Natchez Gallery of Historic Photographs, an exhibit of pictures depicting 100 years of history.

Lunch: At a downtown restaurant

Afternoon: Free time. Complimentary wine at the hotel at 5 p.m.

Dinner: A glass of wine and guided exploration of the downtown mansion Magnolia Hall will be followed by buffet supper in the dining room.

Evening: Pre-conference events of the 25th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, a humanities conference called "60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement." Evening program by Jacqueline Dace about the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., part of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, followed by a session devoted to the heroism of The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray Jr., in 1962 when James Meredith integrated Ole Miss. Bishop Gray, an Episcopal clergyman, calmed the chaos. Bishop Gray plans to attend this session. A reception at Trinity Episcopal Church will honor Bishop Gray.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, February 21 - Opening of the 25th NLCC, "Voices of the Civil Ri...
Opening of the 25th NLCC, "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement." Lectures by noted authors, scholars, and film experts, including David Sansing, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, Clifton Taulbert, Greg Iles. Luncheon with NLCC speakers. Reception. Film, "The Help."

Breakfast: A full breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Keynote address of the 25th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration by noted historian/author David G. Sansing of U. of Miss. Presentation of the Thad Cochran Humanities Achievement Award by U.S. Sen. Cochran. Program by noted author/lecturer Clifton Taulbert.

Lunch: A private, specially arranged luncheon for Road Scholars only with NLCC speakers.

Afternoon: Premiere of a film about the life and career of William F. Winter, a Civil Rights hero in Mississippi. Panel discussion about how a novelist and two journalists confront racism. Speakers are New York Times bestselling novelist Greg Iles of Natchez; and Pulitzer Prize finalists Jerry Mitchell (Jackson Clarion-Ledger) and Stanley Nelson (Ferriday, La., Concordia Sentinel). Reception follows at African-American Museum.

Dinner: At a downtown restaurant.

Evening: Screening of "The Help," a film set in the 1960s in Jackson, Miss., that reveals racism and how strong African-American and White women dealt with it. Discussion to follow led by three experts.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, February 22 - Lecture about "The Help."Writing awards to "The H...
Lecture about "The Help."Writing awards to "The Help's" Kathryn Stockett (novel), Tate Taylor (film), and Civil Rights icon and author James Meredith. Afternoon programs by experts. Silver Anniversary reception. Concert of Civil Rights-era music.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Opening program by Gene Dattel of New York on whether "The Help" -- novel and film -- is fact or fiction. Writing award ceremony honors "The Help's" Kathryn Stockett (novel) and Tate Taylor (screenwriter) as well as author/Civil Rights activist James Merdith.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Carriage House at Stanton Hall, with live music by Alvin Shelby and the Holy Family Catholic Church Choir, singing Civil Rights-era music.

Afternoon: Program by William A. Ferris of U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, featuring recorded remarks by Pete Seeger, Aaron Henry, Robert Penn Warren, Alice Walker, Robert Moses, and Eudora Welty, all voices of the Civil Rights Movement. Program by Miss. Sen. David Jordan and how he rose from the cotton fields to be a political leader. Program by Charles Reagan Wilson of Ole Miss on Elvis Presley and Fnanie Lou Hamer and their use of the same kind of religious music in the 1950s and 60s. NLCC Silver Anniversary reception.

Dinner: Gala event at the historic mansion Dunleith, a National Historic Landmark, limited to 100 people and honoring speakers and award winners. Tour of the mansion.

Evening: Concert by Tougaloo (Miss.) College Choir, an historically Black school, featuring Civil Rights-era music. Comments prior to the concert about the role of Tougaloo College during the turbulent times of the 1960s in Jackson, Miss.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, February 23 - Buffet breakfast and farewell unless Scholars wan...
Buffet breakfast and farewell unless Scholars want to stay for an optional, free Sunday afternoon tour of historically Black churches in downtown Natchez and learn of their role during the Civil Rights era.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Check out of hotel by 11 a.m.

Afternoon: Optional, free tour of four historically Black churches in downtown Natchez, where church members will discuss the role of the churches during the Civil Rights era.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, MS
Free Time In NatchezParticipants have lots to choose from for their free time. They can take another three house tour, go on carriage rides, play golf or tennis, and shop, just to mention a few.
Natchez, Miss.
Historic Mansions of NatchezVisit historic mansions, such as Longwood, uncompleted since 1861 when the Civil War broke out and Northern artisans fled back home. 140 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, (601) 442-5193. Rosalie, overlooking the river, and other houses, churches, and buildings: www.rosaliemansion.com
For additional information, visit: www.visitnatchez.com
Natchez Museum of African-American History and CultureExhibits include "Portraits of Black Natchez," from the Norman Collection, “The Rhythm Night Club Fire,” and “Natchez Beginnings of America's Cotton Kingdom.” Open Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 301 Main Street, (601) 445-0728.
Natchez in Historic Photographs GalleryLocated in the First Presbyterian Church, this collection features the photography of Henry Norman, who photographed Natchez from 1870 until his death in 1913. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 405 State St. (601) 442-2581.
For additional information, visit: www.natchezms.com
Trinity Episcopal ChurchTrinity Episcopal Church is the oldest church building in Natchez and the oldest existing Episcopal church building in Mississippi. The interior decoration includes two stained-glass windows designed and installed by Tiffany. 305 South Commerce Street, Natchez, (601) 445-8432.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
16 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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