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Lincoln: A Retrospective Look at America’s 16th President

Program Number: 21256RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/17/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $724.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 6; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners    

Many Americans regard Abraham Lincoln as the country’s greatest president, and his position among history’s greatest leaders is again inspiring discussion after the critical success of the 2012 film “Lincoln.” As the sesquicentennial of our 16th President’s death draws near, join Road Scholar in the nation’s capital to retrace his life and legacy as we weigh provocative issues and yet-unanswered questions. Consider conflicting interpretations of Lincoln as a noble martyr to emancipation and as a shrewd opportunist willing to suspend the Constitution to serve his wartime purposes, and decide whether the source of his enduring greatness is the preservation of the Union or the emancipation of African slaves.




Highlights

• Go off-the-beaten path and explore the President’s summer cottage where the Emancipation Proclamation was first drafted
• Embark on a Memorials by Moonlight guided fieldtrip.
• Meet and talk with experts about Lincoln’s personal and official life, including new historical information that has only recently come to light.



Activity Particulars

Use of public transportation and walking up to five blocks a day.




Date Specific Information

4-14-2013

Attend a daytime performance of “One Destiny” at Ford’s Theatre on the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Hotel in close proximity to the Washington Metro and within walking distance from D.C.'s iconic sites, including the White House and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Hyatt Washington
  Washington, DC 3 nights
 Grand Hyatt Washington
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Washington, DC 20001 USA
phone: 202-582-1234
web: www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-grandwashington/index.jsp?null
  Room amenities: 42" flat screen TV Hyatt Grand BedTM Portico spa amenities Hair dryer Electronic door locks Coffee maker Turndown service (upon request) High-speed wireless Internet access (fee) Concierge Cable movie channels and in-room pay movies Herman Miller® office chair and oversized work desk Iron / ironing board Individual climate control iHome stereo with iPod® docking station Cordless and corded telephones with message lights Wake-up calls (upon request) In-room dining Safe deposit boxes (at front desk)
  Facility amenities: Full-service business center / PDA check-in / Fast Board™ Two gift shops, florist / laundry, dry cleaning / valet service Wireless high-speed internet throughout hotel (fee) / in-lobby metro access Valet & self-parking / Concierge / Hyatt E-Concierge Full-Service FIT Club / Yoga Away Sauna / pool / steam rooms Massage therapy / personal trainers Game room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom:
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Contact Road Scholar Boston at (617) 521-5373 for additional night information. Depending on availability, the Road Scholar group rate may be available.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00-5:00 PM, Registration at the hotel. You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 PM You will be staying at Grand Hyatt Washington the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
parking at Grand Hyatt is based on availability. Additional downtown Washington, DC parking garages are located near hotel can accommodate overflow parking. Valet DC Parking: $45 per night. Self-Parking: $32 per night, with no in/out privileges
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Alexandria, VA
  Nearest highway: I-66
  Nearest airport:  Reagan National Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

By Washington Metro

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

> $10
Prices are subject to change.

   

Take the Blue, Orange or Red lines to the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 

From the Reagan International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Washington Metro
phone: 202-637-7000

   

Take the Blue Line Metro (cost: $1.60) from the National Airport station towards Largo Town Center station, and get off at the Metro Center station. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance. There are also numerous Taxi services from the airport to the Grand Hyatt for approximately $20.

 

From Union Station

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Distance:

 

1.6 miles

   

Union Station is the principle hub for Amtrak and Greyhound Services. Participants can transfer to the hotel from Union Station via TAXI or WASHINGTON METRO. From the Union Station Metro stop embark the Red Line towards the Shady Grove station, getting off at the Metro Center stop. Once at the Metro Center station, take the 11th st exit out of the station and you will see a set of glass doors directly in front of you. Go through these doors and continue straight to the Grand Hyatt entrance.

 
Driving Directions
  From Reagan National Airport to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take George Washington Memorial Parkway North. Merge onto US-1 N toward Washington. Stay straight to go onto 14th Street NW, then turn right onto New York Ave NW. Turn slight right onto H Street NW; The Grand Hyatt is on the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
  From the north to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-South to Exit 22 B (Baltimore-Washington Pkwy South); Follow onto New York Avenue for six miles. Turn left onto 5th Street NW and follow for three and a half blocks. Turn right onto H Street NW and follow for five blocks. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 10th and H Streets NW.
  From the south to the Grand Hyatt Washington Take I-95-N to 395 North. Continue over the 14th Street Bridge, then merge into the right lane. Take the exit for 12th Street, continue though the tunnel for eight blocks. Turn Right onto H Street and follow for one block. The Grand Hyatt is at the corner of 11th and H Streets NW.
Equipment Requirements: kamera
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 - Orientation - Lecture
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals & Registration: 3-5:00pm. Hotel Check In at the Front Desk located in the lobby, then head to ROOM "Wilson" for registration, located on the Constiution level, with your Road Scholar Group Leader and pick up your welcome packet.
 Afternoon: 5-6:00pm- Orientation in the Wilson Room
 Dinner: 6:00pm: Dinner at area restaurant
 Evening: 7:30pm:Lecture with Dr. Benjamin Cooling: Emancipation Proclamation
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field Trip to Ford's Theatre/ Free Afternoon & Evening
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: On April 14th 1865, President Lincoln was shot by the actor, John Wilkes Booth. This morning, attend a production of "One Destiny" at Ford's Theatre. Written by Richard Hellesen, this two-man play retraces the events that occured the night Lincoln was shot, through the perspectives of Harry Hawks, the only person on stage at the time of the shooting, and Theater co-owner Harry Ford. A question and session with the actors follows each performance.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Free Morning/Lincoln's Summer Cottage
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Free Morning
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Depart for President Lincoln's cottage. Proclaimed a National Monument in 2000 the historic home is located on the grounds of the Soldier's Home, the third highest point in Washington. Lincoln lived at the cottage during the summers between 1862 & 1864. Here, he penned the premilinary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Opened to the public only recently in 2008, the cottage provides an intimate glimpse of the man behind the Presidency.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner
 Evening: Lecture: Lincoln's Legacy
   
Accommodations: Grand Hyatt Washington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Check Out & Departures
(Wednesday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Check Out & Program Departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Washington, DC Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nations most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Free. For additional information, visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org
  Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s oldest art museum presents the art of our times and of times past. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of American art as well as European paintings and sculpture For additional information, visit www.corcoran.org
  Ford's Theatre
As a living tribute to Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre presents plays and musicals underscoring multi-culturalism and highlighting the eclectic character of American life. For additional information, visit www.fordstheatre.org
  George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Explore George Washington's estate overlooking the Potomac River and discover 45 acres of family fun, including hands-on activities, special tours, river cruises, farm animals, shopping, dining, and more. Open every day! For additional information, visit www.mountvernon.org
  National Mall
A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens. For additional information, visit nps.gov/nama
  Smithsonian Museums
Explore the many Smithsonian Museums around the National Mall, including the American Indian Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Natural History Museum, and more. For additional information, visit www.si.edu/
  Washington Visitor's Bureau
Visit this website to get a full overview of the many activities and cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer. For additional information, visit www.washington.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


Team of Rivals: The Politiccal Genius of Abraham Lincoln


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


"They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road To Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance


Author: Anthony S. Pitch


Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union


Author: Louis P. Masur


Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape


Author: Kirk Savage


Lincoln's Sactuary: Abraham Lincoln and The Soldier's Home.


Author: Matthew Pinsker


Reveille in Washington: 1860 - 1865


Author: Margaret Leech


Description: Examins life in our Nation's Capital during the Civil War.



The Secret City: A History of Race Relations in the Nation's Capital


Author: Constance McLaughlin Green




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