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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Ms. Kathryn Harris

Kathryn Harris serves as library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, formerly the Illinois State Historical Library, in Springfield, Ill. She has served on various boards, including the Rolling Prairie Library System, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Abraham Lincoln Association. She has appeared on stage as “Sadie Delany” in local productions of “Having Our Say” and has portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" in the Union Theatre at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. In addition, she performs as “Harriet Tubman,” Underground Railroad conductor, for school and community groups. A native of Carbondale Illinois, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Urbana.

Mr. John Lupton

John Lupton is the executive director and director of history programs for the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, and is responsible for the historical content of exhibits and publications, as well as solicitation of collections relating to the legal history of Illinois. He previously served as the associate director of "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" project and was assistant editor for two award-winning publications: “The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases” and “The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.” He has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Mr. Charlie Starling

Charlie Starling retired as a site interpreter for Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in 2010, but continues to volunteer at New Salem as his schedule allows. After researching the New Salem period extensively, Charlie developed (and presents) a program on school master Mentor Graham in the school in the Village of New Salem. He has a master’s in history from the University of Illinois, and was a veterinarian for 30 years.

Mr. John Squibb

John Squibb is a retired professor of history and Pearson Master Teacher from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. Even though he is retired, John still teaches history courses and community education topics every semester. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. David Blanchette

David Blanchette was in charge of all media coverage for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum since its inception in 1990, and was the deputy director of the museum until May 2013. Today, Dave is the Springfield spokesman for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. He has a degree in journalism from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and is a professional photographer who owns his own photography studio.

James Cornelius

A native of Minneapolis, James Cornelius received degrees from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For 10 years, he worked as an editor in New York City, at Doubleday, Random House, and Collier’s Encyclopedia, then for eight years at the University of Illinois Library’s heralded Illinois Historical and Lincoln Collections. In May 2007, he became curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., the premier repository of Lincoln manuscripts and collection. He has written many books, articles and book reviews about architecture, baseball, literature, American and British history – these days he mainly blogs about Lincoln.

Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler has served as a professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College since 1978, and has a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois Springfield). Mary has done extensive research on Mary Lincoln and the Lincoln family for her original play, "Trunks: Four Significant Journeys of Mary Todd Lincoln."

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
3 Performances


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