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5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Itinerary for Jun 17 — Jun 21, 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. 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, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. 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.

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: Monday, June 17 - Theme: Arrival/Orientation and "Feeling at Home i...
Note: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Check-in after 3pm.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation, introductions and program overview by Road Scholar coordinators.

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. 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, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. 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.

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: Tuesday, June 18 - Theme: "Basic Needs and Basic Resources of the Pr...
Note: Day on the motor coach.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Explore a local prairie at Lincoln Memorial Garden and discuss prairie landscape. Travel to Clayville Historic Site, home of the 1834 Broadwell Inn (listed on the National Register), tavern and stagecoach stop. Discover the historic site with a family descendant Jerry Smith.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Clayville Historic Site.

Afternoon: Return to Springfield for a garden walk with the horticulturist and a guided tour of the Illinois Executive Mansion. Return to the hotel for free time. Walk to and tour the Elijah Iles House built in 1837, the oldest house in Springfield and a home visited by Abraham Lincoln.

Dinner: Dinner at the Elijah Iles House.

Evening: Presentation, "Why Copy the Greeks and Italians?" by Anthony Rubano, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Walk back to the hotel.

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. 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, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. 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.

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: Wednesday, June 19 - Theme: "Houses Are Homes - How People Live, How H...
Note: Travel in Springfield area.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Visit Edwards Place (1833/1858), original home of a son of an early Illinois governor for a presentation on the social life of the residents in a growing capital city and tour of the house.

Lunch: Lunch in the parlors of Edwards Place.

Afternoon: Discuss the Enos Park neighborhood architecture and revitalization of homes and take a narrated trolley tour of the area and downtown sites. Tour the Vachel Lindsay Home followed by free time for an optional tour of the Lincoln Home historic neighborhood or return to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the historic Pasfield House Inn.

Evening: Video presentation and tour of the Pasfield House Inn built in 1897; renovated 2003-2005.

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. 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, ironing board and refrigerator upon request and based on availability. 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.

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: Thursday, June 20 - Theme: "Champion of the Prairie"
Note: Walking day

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Lecture on the "Influences of the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition," by Anthony Rubano. Discussion on "The Prairie School of Architecture," by Larry Betz. Presentation on "Susan Lawrence Dana: The Times of her Life," by Roberta Volkman.

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn at 835.

Afternoon: Walk to Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, the Dana-Thomas House, for a guided tour and visit the Sumac Shop. Free time until dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Program on "Furniture Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, " by Frank Marchant.

Lodging: President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, June 21 - Theme: "Bringing Home, Home"
Note: At Hotel and in Springfield.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Program, "Do You Live in a Sears Home or Bungalow?" by Suellen Funk followed by a trolley tour of Sears homes, bungalows and a visit in a Usonian house.

Lunch: Catered lunch in the home of Anthony Rubano.

Afternoon: Discussion on "Influences of the American Prairie and the Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright" with Anthony Rubano. Return to hotel and program ends at 1pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Springfield, IL
Old State Capitol State Historic Site“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested.
For additional information, visit: www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm
Lincoln-Herndon Law OfficeAbraham Lincoln practiced law in the offices above Seth Tinsley’s store from 1843 until 1852. It was an ideal location for a rising young law firm - near the Capitol and Springfield’s finest hotel of the day and just above the local post office and Federal Courtroom. Stephen Logan (1843-44) and William Herndon (1844-52) were his partners during this time. This is the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices. Located at South Old State Capitol Plaza, 6th & Adams, Springfield, IL. Hours: 9am to 5pm.,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_herndon.htm
Lincoln TombThis beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm; Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm; Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumDedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.presidentlincoln.org
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
Illinois State MuseumPermanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free.
For additional information, visit: www.museum.state.il.us
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
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.
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/
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 llinois, from Chicago to St. Louis, than in any other Route 66 state.
For additional information, visit: www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/Route-66/
Camp Butler National CemeteryCamp Butler National Cemetery, once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, is now a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. Located NE of Springfield at 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707. Hours Office: Monday- Friday, 7:30am-4pm. Gates to cemetery open daily all year until sunset. Phone (217) 492-4070. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/campbutler.asp
Illinois State Military MuseumPreserving the heritage of the Illinois National Guard, the museum is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the military artifacts associated with the citizen-soldier of Illinois. The exhibit includes rare items such as the artificial leg of Mexican General Santa Anna, a target board shot at by President Lincoln, as well as vehicles, weapons, uniforms, equipment and photographs. The Citizen-Soldier exhibit features the military experiences of famous Illinois soldiers such as Carl Sandburg, Robert McCormick, John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln), Springfield, IL. Hours:Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4:30pm. Other times and groups by appointment. Phone (217) 761-3910. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday and Sunday.
For additional information, visit: www.springfield-il.com/attract/military.html
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

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