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A House Divided: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

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Program #15326RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 26, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Hotel is scheduled to become a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel property with their awards program in late 2013 or 2014. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, and ironing board. TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in room refrigerator with reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 plus tax or best avail
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Arrival/Orientation
Note: At Hotel

Afternoon: Check-in after 4 PM.

Dinner: Meet for get-together in hotel lobby at 5 PM followed by dinner in hotel at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Program overview.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Hotel is scheduled to become a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel property with their awards program in late 2013 or 2014. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, and ironing board. TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in room refrigerator with reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 plus tax or best avail
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - The Road to a House Divided: Lincoln as lawyer an...
The Road to a House Divided: Lincoln as lawyer and politician and impact on the national scene.

Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel starts serving at 6:30am.

Morning: Walk to Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a presentation by Dick Hart on the "The Diversity of Springfield." View the movie "Journey to Greatness," Visitor Center exhibits, tour the Lincoln Home and self-guide through the historic neighborhood.

Lunch: Box Lunch

Afternoon: Lecture on Lincoln's "House Divided" speech, the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates on slavery, Lincoln's rise in national prominence and the presidential election in 1860 by LLCC Professor John Squibb. Enjoy some free time in late afternoon to view "Looking for Lincoln" exhibits in the downtown area or tour Lincoln's Law Office.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Lecture on "Lincoln as Lawyer and Politician; Impact of the 8th Judicial Circuit on President Lincoln" by author and attorney Guy Fraker.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Hotel is scheduled to become a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel property with their awards program in late 2013 or 2014. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, and ironing board. TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in room refrigerator with reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 plus tax or best avail
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Explore the Illinois State Military Museum, Camp ...
Explore the Illinois State Military Museum, Camp Butler National Cemetery, Lincoln's Tomb and the Old State Capitol and connections with the Civil War.

Note: Day on motor coach

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel, starts serving at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Take a short bus tour of downtown Springfield sites. Visit the Illinois State Military Museum for a presentation on Civil War soldiers and view museum exhibits presented by staff and volunteers.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Camp Butler National Cemetery with re-enactors from the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary to learn of the pre-cemetery Civil War history to house Confederate prisoners and as the final resting place of Union and Confederate soldiers. Visit Lincoln's Tomb to learn about the final resting place of Lincoln and his family and visit the Old State Capitol where Lincoln delivered his "House Divided" speech.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Presentation on activities of the civilian women during the Civil War by Laura Reyman, civilian reenactor and National Association for Interpretation certified interpreter.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Convenient downtown location close to historic sites. Free hotel shuttle van from airport or Amtrak station (must call hotel upon on arrival). The shuttle service is free but tips are customary for the driver handling bags. Hotel is scheduled to become a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel property with their awards program in late 2013 or 2014. Important Parking Information: Self-parking is available at a public parking garage run by the Prairie Capitol Convention Center adjacent to the hotel and is connected to the hotel on levels 1H and 2H. The parking fee is $.75 hourly or $7.00 per day (24 hours) upon exiting. Valet parking is offered for hotel guests at a fee of $13.00 daily. The parking fee is paid by the participant.

Contact info:
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 USA
phone: 866-788-1860 x2175448800
web: www.PresidentAbrahamLincolnhotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, hairdryer, and ironing board. TV; 32 inch flat panel television with High Definition channels. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms. Must request an in room refrigerator with reservation if it is required and it will be reserved as they are available.

Facility amenities: On-site fitness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, free weights and cardiovascular equipment; business office in lobby, Lindsay's Restaurant and the Globe Tavern; a gift shop for essentials and snacks; valet dry cleaning; complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and large lobby area with a fireplace and comfortable seating and tables. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and the lobby area; not in meeting rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $84.99 plus tax or best avail
Based on date and room availability. Contact hotel directly at 217-544-8800 and identify themselves as Road Scholar / Elderhostel participants.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Experience all that the Abraham Lincoln President...
Experience all that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has to offer!

Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel, starts serving at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Discover how the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library went from a concept to a world-class facility by Dave Blanchette. Self-guide through the museum to explore the exhibits and multimedia presentations. See rarely displayed artifacts in the Treasures Gallery and the exhibit, "To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War."

Lunch: Lunch inside the Museum.

Afternoon: Afternoon is free to continue your exploration of the Presidential Museum and Library or use the time to visit other sites such as the nearby Lincoln Law Office or African American Museum.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: A presentation on the "Lincoln Collection" by James Cornelius, Curator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Concluding Lecture / Departure
Note: At hotel.

Depart From: Check out of hotel by 11am.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel, starts serving at 6:30am.

Morning: Final lecture and discussion on "Emancipation and Race Relations post-Civil War" by LLCC Professor John Squibb.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Springfield, IL
1908 Race Riot Self-Guided TourA tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker walking tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
Dana-Thomas HouseFrank Lloyd Wright-designed home. In 1902, local socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best prairie houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Located at 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703. Hours are subject to change. Please call (217) 782-6776 to confirm hours before you visit. Wed - Sun. 9am-4pm. Last tour begins at 3:50pm. Visitor Center is handicapped accessible. Gift shop on site. Suggested donation - $5 for adults.
For additional information, visit: www.dana-thomas.org
Edwards PlaceThe oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield, Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the formal receiving parlor, music room, family dining room and the second floor bedrooms. The home is furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. Located at 700 N. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, tours on the hour between 11am and 2pm. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The Springfield Art Association, which owns Edwards Place is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and The Michael Victor II Art Library and the SAA gallery also are open 10-3pm on Saturday. Phone: (217) 523-2631. Admission: Donation suggested.
For additional information, visit: http://www.springfieldart.org/EdwardsPlace/tabid/530/Default.aspx
Elijah Iles HouseThis is Springfield’s oldest home, built circa 1830s in Greek Revival style by city founder Elijah Iles. The house contains period furnishings and also houses the Springfield Museum with exhibits of local history. Located at 628 South Seventh, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Open Wednesday and Saturday, 12-4 PM. Closed November through March. Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Phone (217) 492-5929. Admission: Suggested donation - $3.00.
For additional information, visit: iles-house.blogspot.com/
Executive MansionHome of the Illinois governor. Seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.) Located at 410 E. Jackson Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-11am. Phone (217) 782-6450. Days Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: visit-springfieldillinois.com/Things-To-Do/Attractions/
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
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature CenterA woodland and prairie garden with more than five miles of trails lead you on a journey through the Illinois landscape Lincoln would have known. Depending on the season you visit, you could discover springtime dogwoods in full bloom, colorful prairie wildflowers of summer, burnished autumn leaves, or snow-covered maple trees bursting with sap. This great spot to stroll amidst nature is located on the shores of Lake Springfield and was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Be sure to visit the Garden's Nature Center and Split Rail Gift Shop. Located at 2301 E. Lake Dr., Springfield, IL 62712. Hours: Daily: Sunrise-Sunset. Nature Center: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm. Closed: Call or visit the website for Holiday closings. Phone (217) 529-1111. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.lincolnmemorialgarden.org/
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic SiteAbraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago. Located 20 miles NW of Springfield at 15588 History Lane, Route 97, Petersburg, IL. Hours: September through April, Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm; May through August, daily 9am to 5pm. Phone: (217) 632-4000. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/new_salem.htm
Route 66Get your kicks on Route 66! Thousands of visitors from around the globe travel America's Main Street each year to experience the legend of U.S. Route 66 and to discover the real America. On Illinois Route 66, one of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, you'll actually travel through the hometown neighborhoods, not around them…including a visit to the heart of Springfield, Illinois, home of two famous Route 66 landmarks, Shea's Gas Station Museum and the Cozy Dog Drive In. Springfield sits in the heart of Illinois' U.S. Route 66 and boasts some of America's favorite Route 66 icons. Mile for mile, you'll find more authentic Route 66 sites and attractions along the road in Illinois, from Chicago to St. Louis, than in any other Route 66 state.
For additional information, visit: www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/Route-66/
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History MuseumThe museum features the history and culture and the triumphs/tragedies of African-Americans living in the Springfield and Central Illinois area during the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at 521 E Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Phone: (217) 528-2725. Free admission, donations appreciated. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: http://spiaahfmuseum.org/
Union Square Park & Illinois Visitor CenterUnion Square Park and the Illinois Visitor Center at Union Station are located directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The Visitor Center provides information to visitors on Springfield area historic sites and attractions and other Illinois tourism opportunities. The park has gardens, walking paths, sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and a sculptured monument to commemorate the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. Located at 500 E. Madison, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours are subject to change, please call. Union Square Park is open from 8am to 10pm. daily. Phone (217) 557-4588. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.presidentlincoln.org

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