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Christmas in Gettysburg: Past and Present

Program Number: 14240RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/7/2012 - 12/10/2012;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Holidays Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Step into the past to experience a mid-19th-century Christmas. A candlelight visit of a historic home sets the scene for an 1860s Christmas. Learn the customs of the Christmas of a simpler time, and hear the story of the Shriver family and how the battle changed their lives forever. Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower made Gettysburg their home in the 20th century. Enjoy an exploration of their farm with a local expert to see how they celebrated the Christmas season. Behold this quaint town and its seasonal beauty in the 21st century. In addition, take a chronological look at the most riveting battle ever fought on American soil as a Licensed Battlefield Guide brings history alive. Living history and period music highlight your program.




Highlights

• A candlelight visit of a historic home sets the scene for an 1860s Christmas.
• Embark on a field trip to the Gettysburg National Park Museum, watch a short film on Civil War history and explore the extensive collection of battle artifacts.
• Take a chronological look at the most riveting battle ever fought on American soil as a Licensed Battlefield Guide brings history alive.



Activity Particulars

Stairs in historic homes. One field trip includes walking up to a mile on uneven terrain, farm land.



Coordinated by YWCA Gettysburg-Adams County.




Gettysburg

Situated on the historic Mason-Dixon Line that once divided the North from the South, Adams County is home to the city made famous by the Civil War’s 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, which is today commemorated by a National Military Park.



Accommodations
Historic Gettysburg Hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Historic Gettysburg Hotel
  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 3 nights
 Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotel of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.
  Contact info: One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg,, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com
  Room amenities: Six-story interior corridor hotel. Double-occupancy guest rooms with private bath, 2 full size beds, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility (2.5 miles from the hotel) are available during your stay. Wireless Internet access is available for participants who bring their laptop computers.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for Rates Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event or holiday weekends
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for Rates Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717) 337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event or holiday weekends
  Check out time: 11:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins at 5 p.m. for Registration in the hotel Atrium You will be staying at Historic Gettysburg Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at the hotel after the last fieldtrip at approximately 11:15 a.m. You will be staying at Historic Gettysburg Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
A covered parking garage is located behind the hotel. All fees are a courtesy of the hotel. You have access to your car 24 hours a day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  Nearest city or town:  Harrisburg, PA and Mechanicsburg, PA
  Nearest highway: US Federal Route 15
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg (MDT) 45 miles- Baltimore Washington International (BWI) 55 miles
  From End of Program
  Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Harrisburg

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Harrisburg

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Baltimore

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Washington D.C

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  East Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to Route 15 south (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 West.
  From All Directions Gettysburg is located in south central Pennsylvania near the Maryland border, within an hour's drive of Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Harrisburg. Routes 15 and 30 intersect in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Hotel is located at One Lincoln Square at the junction of Route 30 and Business Route 15.
  North Reach Route 15 via 78, 81 to get here. Exit off Route 15 at Route 30/York Street exit. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp and follow into the center of town, approximately 2.5 miles. Hotel is located on your right. Park out front to check into the hotel.
  South Reach Route 15 via 95, 270 to Frederick, Md. Continue on 15 to the Route 97/Baltimore Street. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp and follow into center of town. Hotel is located on the north east corner of the town square. Park in front of hotel to check in.
  West Take the PA Turnpike East to Route 15 South (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 East. Interstate 81 corridors are approximately 35 minute west of town.
Elevation Note: The highest elevation is 600 feet.

Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Living History Presentation
(Friday, December 7)

Note: Presentation:1



   
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Welcome reception and registration in the hotel atrium at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom at 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Meet Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, as he delivers his life story and the Gettysburg Address. He allows time following his presentation for a question-and-answer period.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center/Museum/Living History Presentation
(Saturday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: The first thing we'll do is take a fieldtrip to the Gettysburg National Park Visitors Center and Museum. You will have the chance to watch the 22 minute film "A New Birth Of Freedom" and see the newly restored Cyclorama Painting. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg. There is free time to browse the book store with an outstanding collection of Civil War related books, especially with topics on the actions taken at Gettysburg. See the museum, an extensive collection of artifact's found on the fields of fighting at Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Board bus for a fieldtrip to the site of the first day's battlefield. Visit the sites of the first day of fighting: McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel. Following a short break walk to the Shriver House Museum for a candle light tour of this 1860's home. A visit to the museum will lend understanding to what the civilians experienced and the events that took place in the small town of Gettysburg.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Meet Mamie Eisenhower
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Second day of Battle/Eisenhower Farm/Evening performance
(Sunday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Second day of Battle class followed by fieldtrip to the site of the second day of fighting.
 Lunch: Lunch is on their own for an opportunity to sample local fare.
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip to the Eisenhower Farm to see how they decorated for Christmas.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Folk Musician playing Civil War Era music and holiday selections of the period.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Third Day Battle at Gettysburg
(Monday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Third Day Battle at Gettysburg, class with a field trip to the site of the third day's fighting.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to either take with you or enjoy in the hotel dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Gettysburg Campaign:A Study in Command


Author: Edwin Coddington


Description: Highly recommended by the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield Guides. Extremely authoritative account of the entire Gettysburg Campaign.



High Tide at Gettysburg


Author: Glen Tucker


Description: A wonderful history of the battle from a Confederate view point. He also makes great use of anecdotal incidents.



Gettysburg: A Journey In Time


Author: William Frassanito


Description: A study of Civil War photography and the use of photos as historical documents. Photos of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken immediately after the battle and each photo is analyzed and accompanied by a modern view.



Women at Gettysburg


Author: Eileen F. Conklin


Description: Extraordinary and Fascinating Biographies of 40 women who served, nursed, or aided the soldiers after Gettysburg.



At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard at the Battle- A True Narrative


Author: Mrs. Tillie (Pierce) Alleman


Description: An excellent story as Tillie Pierce a young teen age girl tells about her involvement and reaction during the Battle of Gettysburg





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