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

Program Number: 16198RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/6/2013 - 10/11/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
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

10-6-2013

Prologue to the greatest battle of the Civil War. The Underground Rail Road in Adams County. The civilians of Gettysburg. Walking exploration of town. The guns at Gettysburg.
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9-21-2014

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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10-5-2014, 10-19-2014

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.
 
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. VOTED GETTYSBURG'S "BEST" HOTEL Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  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.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call Gettysburg Hotel for rate Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling (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 weekends.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Gettysburg Hotel for rate Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling (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 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 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 Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Distance:

 

45 miles from site

 

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 are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

45 miles from site

 

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 are subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

55 miles from site

 

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 are 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 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 Take the PA Turnpike East to Route 15 South (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 East. Interstate 81 corridors are approximately 35 minutes 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, October 6)

Note: Program orientation and introductions.



   
 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: Living History Presentation: “My Good Friend, Mary Todd Lincoln" by Hannah Shearer - Mollie Back
 Evening: Program orientation and participant introductions.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visitor center, movie, cyclorama painting Day one of the Battle
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Board bus for the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. Spend the morning gaining insight on the Battle of Gettysburg at this brand new facility. View the feature film, cyclorama painting and then move into the Exhibit Gallery where several small films, interactives and the musuem can be experienced at your own pace. Return to hotel by bus. Classroom instruction on the civilians at Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Classroom instruction on the First Day at the Battle of Gettysburg followed by a fieldtrip. Board bus for an a exploration of the First Day Battle Site. Sites will include: McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel for some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Road Scholar Introductions
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Extra-curricular Activity
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Classroom discussion on The Place and The People of Gettysburg.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Classroom instruction on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg with a fieldtrip to the site of the second days fighting. Board bus for an exploration of the Second Day Battle Site. Climb the heights of Little Round Top and see the 20th Maine site. See beautiful monuments dedicated to the soldiers of the southern states as you move along the Confederate Line of Pickett's Charge.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Showing of the movie - "Gettysburg" Part 1
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Extra-curricular Activity
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Classroom instruction continues on the Town and People.
 Lunch: Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Everyone will gather to walk to the Shriver House Museum, which has been restored and furnished to its original 1860's decor. 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 during the battle; walk back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: Showing of the second part of the movie "Gettysburg".
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Entertainment Activity
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Walking tour led by instructor beginning at Cemetery Hill continuing through town to the Gettysburg College Chapel.
 Lunch: Opportunity to sample local fare on their own.
 Afternoon: Free time top explore the town of Gettysburg and Gettysburg National Military Park
 Dinner: Special social and farewell dinner.
 Evening: Evening Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room
 Morning: Third day battle class with a field trip to the site of the third days battle at Gettysburg.
 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/
  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
  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
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.



The Killer Angels


Author: Michael Shaara


Description: A Pulitzer prize fictional novel of the battle of Gettysburg.





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