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Mark Twain and the Mississippi River, Lewis and Clark, and the Civil War

Program Number: 7883RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/24/2013 - 3/29/2013; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Price starting at: $819.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Some stairs and walking 1-2 miles daily.




Date Specific Information

4-12-2015

This program will include a field trip to the Missouri History Museum for a special exhibit that will allow participants to see one of the five most important and foundational documents in American history: The Louisiana Purchase. Please note: we will not be visiting the Gateway Arch on this program -- if participants wish to visit this National Monument they should make plans to do so on their own. The Museum of Westward Expansion below the Arch is closed for renovation, hence the decision to replace this tour with a more applicable field trip. Instead participants will go to Illinois to visit the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, which was the site of the winter camp of Lewis & Clark before their journey began, and to the convergence of the Mighty Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.



Coordinated by St. Charles Community College.



Mark Twain And The Mississippi River

Glimpse Mark Twain, the man, as well as the author. All-day field study to Hannibal, Mo., provides insight into Twain's childhood. Sense Twain's passion for the Mississippi, visit his boyhood home, and learn about his family and lifestyle.



Where Lewis and Clark Began: The Louisiana Purchase, Camp Dubois and Historic St. Charles

The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. and set the stage for westward expansion and the Lewis & Clark expedition. Camp Dubois served as the winter camp for the Lewis & Clark expedition prior to departure. From here preparations were made to begin the journey westward. St. Charles, Missouri, served as the final embarkation point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At noon on May 14, 1804, the exploration began from this historic site. Come and explore this great journey West at the point from which it all began.



Civil War: Return To The Drama Of 1860s

Located at the confluence of mighty rivers, St. Louis was a 'hotbed' of activity for both sides during the Civil War. Take an in-depth look at the Dred Scott case, regional Civil War history, and local tales. Field study to Grant's home. Accessing some significant sites may include walking up to 1-2 miles, with rests, and climbing stairs.




St. Charles

More than 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark departed from the banks of this Missouri River town just west of St. Louis to begin their westward expedition. Missouri’s first state capital was a destination for traders, pioneers, explorers and Native Americans, a heritage preserved in the city’s historic districts.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with indoor pool in the heart of historic St. Charles; walk to area businesses, entertainment, and Missouri River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Country Inn & Suites
  St Charles, MO 5 nights
 Country Inn & Suites
Type: Motel
  Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style décor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.
  Contact info: 1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar
  Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approximately $74 Call hotel for details.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approximately $74 Call hotel for details.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel by 4 PM. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Depart by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel in St. Charles, MO. Please contact Road Scholar Coordinator if you will need parking for an RV, so prior arrangements can be made.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Charles, MO
  Nearest city or town:  St. Charles, Missouri
  Nearest highway: Interstate 70
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International Airport in St Louis
  From End of Program
  Location: St Charles, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go-Best Express
phone: 314-222-5300

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17.00 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Less than 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

Less than 20 miles

   

Transportation from the airport: Go-Best Express Airport Shuttle Transportation: Round-trip cost approximately $32. Counters are inside next to exit 12. Shared van service to downtown hotels. To make online reservations go to www.gobestexpress.com. Metro Link: You may purchase your fare from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) located at any MetroLink station. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes during the day.

 
Driving Directions
  Kansas City, MO. From the West I-70 east – Take the ZUMBEHL RD exit, EXIT 227 Turn RIGHT onto ZUMBEHL RD Turn LEFT onto VETERANS MEMORIAL PKWY End at 2781 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Saint Charles, MO 63303-3525 You will see the sign for Days Inn, Office Max and Show Me's.
  St. Louis, MO. From the East I-70 west – Take the MO-94/FIRST CAPITOL DR exit, EXIT 228 Turn LEFT onto MO-94/FIRST CAPITOL DR Turn RIGHT onto VETERANS MEMORIAL PKWY End at 2781 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Saint Charles, MO 63303-3525 You will see the sign for Days Inn, Office Max and Show Me’s.
Elevation Note: Midwest location provides for very low elevation. All activities below 1,300 feet.

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: Program Welcome and Orientation at 4:30P.M.
(Sunday, March 24)
   
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening program.
 Evening: Evening program.
   
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial "The Arch"/White Haven
(Monday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites
 Morning: Interactive field study of the Museum of Westward Expansion under the Arch. Opportunities to travel to the top of the Arch.
 Lunch: Local restaurant
 Afternoon: Study of Ulyses and Julia Grant's home and life here in St Louis, MO.
 Dinner: Country Inn and Suites
 Evening: Evening program.
   
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Dred Scott Case and Old Court House/Historic Main Street in St. Charles/Lecture.
(Tuesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites
 Morning: Study of the Old Court House and reenactment of the Dred Scott Case. 35 steps to second floor.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on the road at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Jefferson Barracks History Museum and lecture on the importance the Barracks played in the Civil War in MO.
 Dinner: Dinner in St Charles.
 Evening: Program lecture Lewis and Clark.
   
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Underground Railroad lecture.
(Wednesday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites
 Morning: Escape to freedom lecture.
 Lunch: Country Inn and Suites, Box lunch.
 Afternoon: Walk on Historic South Main Street to see architecture and Lewis and Clark Museum
 Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight.
 Evening: Evening on Main St on own.
   
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Day field trip to Hannibal, MO to study Mark Twain.
(Thursday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast before trip to Hannibal, MO.
 Morning: All day field study in Hannibal, MO to study Mark Twain. This is a 2 hour ride each way. We will take restroom breaks in transit, showing educational videos relating to Twain.
 Lunch: Mark Twain Riverboat - Cruise on Old Man River.
 Afternoon: Explore on your own. Opportunities to visit the Norman Rockwell paintings at the museum, the Becky Thatcher ice cream parlor and bookstore.
 Dinner: Country Inn and Suites
 Evening: No program.
   
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program conclusion.
(Friday, March 29)

Note: Program lecture and wrap up. Dismissed by 10:30 am.



   
 Breakfast: Days Inn.
 Morning: We will have a final lecture on "The Mysterious Death of Merriwether Lewis", followed by a wrap up session and closing. Departure will be between 11-11:30 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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