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ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI

Mark Twain and the Mississippi River, Lewis and Clark, and the Civil War

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Program #7883RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
Elevation Note
Midwest location provides for very low elevation. All activities below 1,300 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 7 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style decor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $76 + tax
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 07 - Program Welcome and Orientation at 4:30P.M.
Note: Meet in meeting room next to breakfast room near lobby.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 PM.

Evening: Lecture on "Meriwether Lewis -- A Different Perspective" by Jesse Francis, Curator from Faust Park

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style decor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $76 + tax
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 08 - Old Courthouse in St. Louis for history on Dred S...
Old Courthouse in St. Louis for history on Dred Scott and reenactment of court case; Gateway Arch and Westward Expansion Museum; Campbell House Museum; Lecture on "Setting the Stage -- The Louisiana Purchase & Corp of Discovery" by Professor Debra Crank-Lewis of St. Charles Community College.

Note: 35 steps to court reenactment in Old Courthouse (no elevator available due to historic nature of facility); walking down paved path and steps required to reach Gateway Arch. Steps and standing required at Campbell House Museum.

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Experience a significant part of U.S. history during a visit to the Old Courthouse, built between 1839 and 1862. The Courthouse is the site where an enslaved husband and wife, Dred and Harriet Scott, sued for their freedom, and Virginia Minor sued for a woman’s right to vote in 1872. Embrace history in restored courtrooms and view exhibits and murals depicting historic events. Relive the Dred Scott court case in a reenactment where you become judge and jury.

Lunch: Lunch at Square One Brewery in Historic Lafayette Park. This redeveloped area of St. Louis is known for its' beautiful neighborhood park and Victorian "Painted Lady" houses.

Afternoon: Step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit the Gateway Arch, a national monument built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. Travel to the top of this 630 foot high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois. Or choose to keep your feet on the ground and view “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West”. See the odyssey of Lewis and Clark on The Odyssey Theatre’s giant four-story screen. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, this film takes you with Lewis and Clark to explore the uncharted lands of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond. While at the Arch, you will have time to travel step-by-step with Lewis and Clark on their journey at the interactive Museum of Westward Expansion. On your way back to the bus, stop in the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son.

Dinner: Enjoy a catered dinner at our host college, St. Charles Community College.

Evening: Professor Debra Crank Lewis has been a part of the Road Scholar program since 1992, presenting over 80 times. You will listen to her expert pre-Lewis and Clark lecture on "Setting the Stage -- The Louisiana Purchase and Corps of Discovery".

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style decor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $76 + tax
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 09 - Visit White Haven, home to Ulysses and Julia Gran...
Visit White Haven, home to Ulysses and Julia Grant, and Jefferson Barracks, oldest military installation West of the Mississippi River.

Note: Walking and standing required at both museums.

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Visit White Haven, one of Julia and Ulysses Grant's homes. This National Historic Site encompasses nearly 10 acres of the 1,000-acre plantation that was the childhood home of Julia Dent, the woman who Grant married in 1848, and later became home to the couple. The site allows you to experience 19th-century country life first-hand. The on-site museum looks at Grant from a unique perspective, introducing visitors to Ulysses, Julia, and the people who lived at the plantation as individuals. It presents White Haven as a microcosm of the issues that faced the nation in the mid 19th-century.

Lunch: Lunch on the road at a popular buffet.

Afternoon: Jefferson Barracks was the first permanent military installation to be located west of the Mississippi River and was established in 1826 to provide support for smaller forts on the upper reaches of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will visit the Barracks to view Civil War artifacts and enjoy a lecture on the importance of the Barracks during the Civil War.

Dinner: Dinner at Quintessential on Main Street in St. Charles.

Evening: Optional viewing of “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West” for those who did not view it at the Gateway Arch.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style decor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $76 + tax
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 10 - Explore historic St. Charles, including the Lewis...
Explore historic St. Charles, including the Lewis and Clark Boathouse to see replicas of the Keel Boat and red and white pirogues. Enjoy lecture, "The Underground Railroad, The Freedom Quilt Project", presented by Jan Lucas.

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Buffet Breakfast

Morning: We will begin the morning with a step-on tour of Main Street in St. Charles. Learn about St. Charles as it was during the time of Lewis and Clark. From there, we will proceed to the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center to hear a lecture on the expedition and view replicas of the Keel Boat and red and white pirogues.

Lunch: Lunch at local winery on Main Street in St. Charles.

Afternoon: "The Underground Railroad, The Freedom Quilt Project", lecture presented by Jan Lucas.

Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight.

Evening: No evening program.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style decor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $76 + tax
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 11 - Visit Hannibal, Missouri, boyhood home to Mark Tw...
Visit Hannibal, Missouri, boyhood home to Mark Twain. Let Twain's stories come to life as you take a riverboat cruise down the very river he describes in his stories.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel buffet before trip to Hannibal, MO.

Morning: All day field study in Hannibal, MO to study Mark Twain. This is a 2 hour ride each way. We will take restroom breaks in transit. Begin by visiting Mark Twain's boyhood home (expect to meet two special visitors!). Travel down the street to the Mark Twain Museum to hear a lecture by Henry Sweets, curator of the museum, on "The Softer Side of Twain". In this museum, you can also view a collection of original Norman Rockwell Paintings.

Lunch: Mark Twain Riverboat - Enjoy lunch while cruising on Old Man River. (If for any reason Riverboat cannot cruise, we will do an alternate lunch and visit Mark Twain's Cave).

Afternoon: Explore on your own. Opportunities to visit the Hannibal Museum, Norman Rockwell paintings at the museum, the Becky Thatcher ice cream parlor and bookstore, or shop the unique shops in Hannibal.

Dinner: Dinner in route to hotel at Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Evening: Come to the meeting room and take on all challengers at Trivia Night! Topics will include Mark Twain, Lewis & Clark, and the Civil War, and maybe some bonus questions about St. Louis.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 12 - We will wrap up our studies with a lecture on the...
We will wrap up our studies with a lecture on the "Guerillas in Civil War Missouri" by author Jim Erwin. Followed by program closing.

Note: Program lecture and wrap up. Dismissed by 10:30 am.

Breakfast: Days Inn.

Morning: We will have a final lecture on "Guerillas in Civil War Missouri", by author Jim Erwin, followed by a wrap up session and closing. Departure will be between 10:30 and 11:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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8 Expert-led lectures
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