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The Experience of Gettysburg: The Battle, The People, The Place

Program Number: 16198RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/23/2013; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/10/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

The Battle of Gettysburg — July 1-3, 1863 — determined the outcome of the Civil War. This bloodiest of battles left 28,000 Confederate and 23,000 Union casualties. Expert guides bring history alive as you trace battlefield strategies, separate legend from lore, and gain an understanding of the impact on the town and its people.




Highlights

• 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.
• Experience the new Gettysburg National Military Park & Museum and explore sites related to each day of the battle including McPherson’s Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Barlow’s Knoll, Confederate Avenue along the Southern line of Pickett’s Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine and the Wheatfield.
• Be entertained by a folk musician who plays Civil War-era music on his handmade dulcimer, banjo, accordion and harmonica.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; standing indoors and out; climbing flights of stairs; getting on/off a coach.



You may be interested in a three-night version of this program (#9114).




Date Specific Information

8-18-2013

Iron and Irish Brigades at Gettysburg. Learn how the men from Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan were named “Iron Brigade,” led by Gen. John F. Reynolds. Stories of the heroic women of Gettysburg.
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4-12-2015

Participants will stay in the heart of downtown Gettysburg at a historic hotel within walking distance to parts of the battlefield and downtown shops and attractions.



7-5-2015, 8-9-2015

Participants will stay in the heart of downtown Gettysburg at a historic hotel within walking distance to parts of the battlefield and downtown shops and attractions.
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9-13-2015

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9-20-2015, 10-4-2015

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.
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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
Accommodations vary by date. Please see Date Specific Information for details.

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

Chuck Teague is a retired Lt. Colonel, former attorney, senior pastor and adjunct professor. In addition to instructing Road Scholar participants, he has led programs for the Army and Marines, colleges, the Civil War Institute and the Women’s History Symposium. Chuck serves as chaplain for the Gettysburg Police and is an interpretative ranger with Gettysburg National Military Park. He particularly enjoys working with groups like Road Scholar where individuals are motivated to learn.
 
Larry Wallace

A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Larry Wallace completed graduate work at East Stroudsburg, Penn State University and Western Maryland College. He retired from the South Western School District after 38 years, but continues to work as an instructor in continuing education courses and seminars relating to the Civil War.
 
Richard Kohr

Richard Kohr has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1995, and is the former president of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Rich has led presentations at several seminars and Civil War round tables, and has taught continuing education courses on the Gettysburg campaign at the Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.
 
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: Six-story interior corridor hotel. 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 events, 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 events, weekends and holidays.
  Check out time: 11:15 PM


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
  Nearest highway: Routes 15 & 30
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg International Airport - HAR Airport Code
  From End of Program
  Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Washington DC

 

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 Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rates
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:

 

Call for rates
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 of Hotel to check in.
  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 Gettysburg is located in south central Pennsylvania near the Maryland boarder. Routes 15 & 30 intersect Gettysburg. 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 minutest 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 18)
   
 Afternoon: Check in, and welcome reception in the hotel atrium. Orientation in the designated classroom.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: 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 the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. There is free time to browse the gift shop and the book store which has an outstanding collection of Civil War related books. See the museum, an extensive collection of artifacts found on the fields on the Gettysburg Battlefield and other prominent Civil War sites.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Class on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg followed by a visit to the site of the first days fighting. Living History Presentation: “My Good Friend, Mary Todd Lincoln" by Hannah Shearer - Mollie Back
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Part one of the movie Gettysburg.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Class lecture on the Heroic Women in Gettysburg part 1. Her the stories of the women of Gettysburg and how they helped both armies during and after the battle.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Class lecture on the Iron Brigade under Gen. John Reynolds and learn how these men fought like Iron. Class on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg followed by a visit to that days fighting - Little Round Top, Devil's Den.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Part two of the movie Gettysburg.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Discussion continues on the Heroic Women of Gettysburg Part 2. Lecture on the History of the Irish Brigade and their actions at Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Visit the Shriver House Museum
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Folk musician playing Civil War Era music.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Instructor guided town walk, approximately one and one/half miles. Guided walk through the Soldiers National Cemetery, Cemetery Hill through the streets of Gettysburg. Special buildings and will be highlighted throughout the town while focusing on the Heroic Women of Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the town of Gettysburg and the Military National Park.
 Dinner: Social and special farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Class on the third days battle of fighting at Gettysburg. Visit the third days fight on the Battlefield and sites associated General Lee and Longstreet.
 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: Women at Gettysburg


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.



THE DIARY OF A LADY OF GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, FROM JUNE 15 TO JULY 15, 1863


Author: Sarah Broadhead


Description: This is a small paper back book written from Sarah Broadhead's diary. This book is a great read and contains amazing detail about what she witnessed during the battle of Gettysburg as a civilian. This is a must read.



Gettysburg, The First Day


Author: Harry W. Pfanz


Description: A detailed tactical description of July 1, 1863. Pfanz describes the engagements in McPherson Woods, Railroad Cuts, Oak Ridge, Seminary Ridge, and at Blocher's Knoll, as well as the retreat of Union forces through Gettysburg and the Federal rally on Cemetery Hill.



Gettysburg, The Second Day


Author: Harry W. Pfanz


Description: Former chief historian of the Gettysburg National Military Park Harry Pfanz goes into terrific detail on the fighting of July 2, 1863 at the battle of Gettysburg. Pfanz analyzes decisions and strategies of both Northern and Southern armies on the second day.





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