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Intergenerational Gettysburg: A Passage Through Consecrated Ground

Program Number: 4747RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/9/2013; 8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $985.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Licensed Battlefield Guides bring history alive as you experience the most riveting battle ever fought on American soil. Among the places visited, climb the boulders of Devil's Den and find out how doctors cared for the wounded using the medical tools of the time. When the battle ended, the muskets grew silent, the smoke cleared and the true horror began for the people of Gettysburg. Hear their words and understand their hardships in witnessing this battle.




Highlights

• Take on the role of a Southern soldier during the one mile of Pickett's Charge infantry assault to experience the emotional context of Gettysburg.
• Learn how the battle affected the 2,400 civilians who called Gettysburg “home,” and meet George and Hettie Shriver, whose home has been meticulously restored to its 1860 appearance.
• Be entertained by a folk musician who plays Civil War-era music on his handmade dulcimer, banjo, accordion and harmonica — then try out an instrument yourself.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles a day.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2013, 8-3-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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
Participants will stay at a full service hotel, located just 5 miles from the center of downtown Gettysburg. Free bus service is available into town.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tim Smith

Tim, a native of Baltimore, is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and a research historian for the Adams County Historical Society. He has published numerous articles on the battle experience of soldiers and civilians and is the author of "The Story of Lee's Headquarters: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania" and co-author of "Devils Den: A History and Guide." Tim has appeared in several televised Civil War documentaries and contributes regularly to Blue and Grey magazine.
 
Tom Jolin

Tom was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.” Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer. He is a sought after artist-in-residence and lives with his family in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.
 
Mollie Back

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mollie Back received her bachelor’s from Wilkes College. As a state-certified historical interpreter, she is a member of The Pennsylvania Past Players at civil war sites as “Sarah McKim” — Philadelphian, Quaker and abolitionist. Locally, she portrays “Mrs. James Pierce,” a Gettysburg civilian mother of Tillie Pierce. Mollie designs and creates her own period clothing.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Historic Gettysburg Hotel
  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 5 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 Hotels 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: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for pricing Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for pricing Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that your attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special event weekends and holidays.
  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 field trip 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 and Route 30
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg International (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.

 

Baltimore

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport
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.

 

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
  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.
  From the East Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to Route 15 south (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 West.
  From the 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 in front to check into the Hotel
  From the 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.
  From the 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
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Registration and welcome reception in the hotel atrium at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom at 5:30 pm. followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held in a room at the hotel. After eating dinner, grandparents will introduce their grandchild.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Fieldtrip to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There you will watch the short film "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Take part in a classroom session on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. After your classroom session you will board a bus and visit the sites of the first day battle- McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. 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.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Organized activities for grandchildren, led by local teen activity leaders. Allows grandparent some time to relax! Part one of the movie Gettysburg.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: The second day of the battle will be discussed in the classroom followed by a visit to that days fighting. See beautiful monuments dedicated to the soldiers of the southern states as you move along the Confederate Line of Pickett's Charge. Climb the heights of Little Round Top and the boulders of Devil's Den.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Hear the stories of the civilians - what did they do when this battle came to town? Visit a restored home to see how families lived during the Civil War and hear how many sought shelter in their cellar or fled the town only to end up in the midst of battle.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Grandchildren spend time participating in organized games with the teen acitvity leaders. Part two of the movie Gettysburg.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Follow the steps of the Confederate Soldiers as you march the one mile covering Pickett's Charge. We will personalize the battle by having each participant focus on the life and sacrifice of one solder. Take on the identity of a southern soldier and discover what happens to you during/after the third days fighting during Pickett's Charge. By role-playing the soldiers in one regiment involved in the infantry assault, it is hoped that the emotional context of battle is revealed and that the importance of Gettysburg is placed and understood in American history.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on the Battlefield
 Afternoon: Back out on the battlefield you will recreate a Civil War hospital. Not only will you witness a surgical procedure, you'll take part in it. First you will identify the duties of a Civil War Doctor. You'll learn the three sicknesses that soldiers most commonly reported and describe the symptoms. Injured soldiers were placed into three categories; learn how to identify these categories. Identify both the good and the bad medical procedures of the Civil War era. This true story reveals the drastic effects of war on the soldiers and civilians.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Meet a folk musician while he plays Civil War Era music. He will discuss his hand made hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he performs his musical selections. "Instruments" that could have been used during that era will be handed out for all of the grandchildren to participate.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Fieldtrip to the Gate House/Evergreen Civilian Cemetery and Soldiers National Cemetery.
 Lunch: Opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to experience local fare at restaurant of their choice.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to revisit areas on the battlefield, museums and places of interest to you. Before dinner, the grandchildren meet a final time with their teen leaders and have a special treat as the grandparents gather to have their social time.
 Dinner: Special farewell dinner with a social before for adults/activities and refreshments for children.
 Evening: No program will take place giving everyone a chance to talk and relax together after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: The program ends with the final session on the Battle of Gettysburg. Explore the actions that took place during the third day of fighting. Visit the Union line of Pickett's Charge at "the Angle" and walk through the Soldiers National Cemetery, final resting place for the Union Soldiers.
 Lunch: Box lunch to take on your way or enjoy in the hotel dining room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County
Visit our local YWCA located just 1 mile from the Gettysburg Hotel at 909 Fairfield Road (Rte 116). This family recreation facility offers a swimming pool and a spacious 12-person whirlpool-there is no towel service so be sure to bring your own towels. You may swim during lap lane/open swim or join an aquatics fitness class- Please check schedule in your hotel classroom for times. Also available is the weight and fitness room, 2 basketball and 2 racquetball courts for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (pool opens at 6a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. (717) 334-9171. For additional information, visit www.ywcagettysburg.org
  Eisenhower National Historic Site and Farm
Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm first served as a weekend retreat during his Presidency and later the only place the President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower ever called home. Many programs and activities are offered such as a 15 minute Orientation tour, House tour, Self Guided Walks, Narrated Cell Phone tour (minutes do apply), and Ranger conducted programs throughout the summer. Also stop by the Reception Center to view the Eisenhower Exhibits and the short video about President Eisenhower’s life from a small boy through his 38 years in the military, to his presidency and retirement. Due to a lack of on-site parking and space limitations in the Eisenhower home, visits can only be made by a shuttle bus leaving from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Please Call the Visitor Center for pricing and hours of operation at (717) 334-1124. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/eise/
  Adams County Historical Society
Located in the Samuel Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has a museum, library, archives and meeting rooms of the society. Between archives, photographs, books, and objects the Adams County Historical Society estimates that it has over 1,000,000 items in the collection. Hours of operation are: Wednesday thru Saturday 9a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Museum is open by appointment only. Please contact the Historical Society for more information or to schedule a tour at (717)-334-4723. For additional information, visit www.achs-pa.org
  Guided Historic Walking Tours
Depart from the Gettysburg Hotel with a licensed Town Guide and learn how the battle impacted the town and its people. Walk to historical buildings and landmarks while hearing the stories from diary entries, personal accounts, letters, drawings, and photographs with stories of Tillie Pierce, the canon known as “Penelope”, Mary Virginia Wade, Sarah Broadhead, Mary McAllister, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Burns and many, many others. Tours run April thru November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (717) 339-6161 or (717) 337-3491. For additional information, visit www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
  The David Wills House
Home of attorney David Wills and where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. The museum includes seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated post-battle recovery efforts and the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address. For more information on rates and hours of operation please call (717) 337-3491 For additional information, visit www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
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.



Gettysburg: The Long Encampment-The Battle, the Men, the Memories


Author: Jack McLaughlin


Description: Great for kids. 200 photographs and detailed descriptions of the battle, the men, terrain and battle positions.





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