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Service Learning: Preserving President Lincoln’s National Heritage

Program Number: 20751RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/22/2014 - 10/27/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 10/21/2015 - 10/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Price starting at: $746.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Take a journey back in time as you assist in preserving President Lincoln’s heritage at National Historic Landmarks where Lincoln lived from 1831-1861. In the spring, spend a week constructing an actual privy in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield. As time allows, repair and paint wooden fences and complete light landscape work throughout the site. In the fall, serve as a volunteer “interpretive assistant” at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site during the annual two-day Fall Festival, demonstrating 1830s daily life activities and winter preparations.




Highlights

• Take a step back in time to work and learn at National Historic Landmarks affiliated with the life of Abraham Lincoln.
• In the spring, take part in the construction of a privy and fence repairs in preparation for the 150th Lincoln Funeral Commemoration.
• In the fall, dress in period clothing and participate in tasks that reflect the male and female roles that were “typical” of the period, or lend a hand with other support activities.



Activity Particulars

Spring - Project involves working outdoors, walking up to 8 city blocks throughout the day, standing up to 5 hours (with breaks and depending on the projects), bending, use of hand and yard tools and moving materials.

Fall - Walking up to a mile each day over varied terrain in the outdoors; standing or sitting up to an hour at a time in log houses during the 6-hour festival day.




Date Specific Information

10-22-2014

This program date will stay at a modern lodge on the banks of the Sangamon River in Petersburg, IL. Enjoy a day of training to help with your role as an “interpretive assistant” during the annual two-day Fall Festival. Female volunteers will assist in period activities such as spinning wool, candle and soap making, weaving, children’s activities and artifact inventory while male volunteers will help with festival set up, maintaining fireplace fires, trail maintenance, site cleanup, artifact inventory and garden work. For those who don’t wish to don historical garb, there are still plenty of support opportunities where you can lend a hand.
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4-12-2015

This program will stay at a modern hotel in downtown Springfield, located 2 blocks from the historic site. Participants will help construct a privy to complete the outbuildings at the historic Dean House property located in the neighborhood of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The privy will complete the outbuildings on the property and provide visitors with a more realistic view of the 1860s period landscape. As time allows participants will repair and paint wooden fences and light landscaping.
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10-21-2015

This program date will stay at a modern lodge on the banks of the Sangamon Riverin Petersburg, IL. Enjoy orientation and training to help with your role as an “interpretive assistant” during the annual two-day Fall Festival. Female volunteers will assist in period activities such as spinning wool, candle and soap making, weaving, children’s activities and artifact inventory while male volunteers will help with festival set up, maintaining fireplace fires, trail maintenance, site cleanup, artifact inventory and garden work. For those who don’t wish to don historical garb, there are still plenty of support opportunities where you can lend a hand.
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Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.




Springfield (Illinois)

The capital city of Illinois, Springfield welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year, many of whom come to explore the historic sites connected to Abraham Lincoln, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, and Lincoln’s New Salem.



Accommodations
Varies 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.
Charlie Starling

Charlie Starling retired as a site interpreter for Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in 2010, but continues to volunteer at New Salem as his schedule allows. After researching the New Salem period extensively, Charlie developed (and presents) a program on school master Mentor Graham in the school in the Village of New Salem. He has a master’s in history from the University of Illinois, and was a veterinarian for 30 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   RiverBank Lodge
  Petersburg, IL 5 nights
 RiverBank Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Back in October of 2003, four local investors came together to form RiverBank Lodge, LLC for the purpose of transforming the old First National Bank building in Petersburg, IL into a modern lodging facility in the Spring of 2006. In fact, the name “RiverBank Lodge” was chosen not only to reflect the fact that we are situated along the banks of the Sangamon River, but also to reflect on it’s history as a banking institution. Be inspired by the unique and dramatic architecture that includes tree-integrated roof lines and a soaring 50 foot ceiling spanned by a second-floor balcony viewing the Sangamon River. Our location in Petersburg is ideally close to Lincoln's New Salem State Park, an 1830s recreation of Abraham Lincoln's home as a young adult. Guests can walk a few blocks to the town square in Petersburg around which are a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Golfing, canoeing and kayaking, and winery tours are also in the immediate area. Download a brochure: www.riverbanklodge.com/pdf/riverbank-lodge-brochure.pdf
  Contact info: 522 S. 6th St.
Petersburg, IL 62675 USA
phone: 217-632-0202
web: www.riverbanklodge.com
  Room amenities: The RiverBank Lodge is a small modern lodge with 24 rooms, nearly all unique in size, decor and bed configuration! Rooms have queen and king sized beds with different configurations of beds in each room. Rooms with two beds are very limited and we will try to meet requests as best we can. Some rooms with two queen beds will be assigned to participants that will share a room. The coordinator will contact you to review the bed size or number of beds requested against what is available and if your request can be met. All rooms offer wall mounted cable televisions with remote, coffee makers, hair dryers, alarm clocks, telephones with free local calls and free wireless Internet access. Rooms for those with a single supplement are selected for privacy not necessarily size.
  Facility amenities: Amenities of a modern hotel with the ambiance of a north woods lodge including outdoor free parking, a lounge area for breakfast and evenings for drinks and pizza. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for our guests.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $95 plus 9% tax As space is available.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $95 plus 9% tax As space is available.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 pm You will be staying at RiverBank Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Monday, October 27, 10:30 am You will be staying at RiverBank Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license suggested.
  Parking availability:
A parking lot for the RiverBank Lodge is free of charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Petersburg, IL
  Nearest city or town:  Springfield, IL
  Nearest highway: I-55 (N/S), then state routes, Rt. 29 and Rt. 123
  Nearest airport:  Springfield, IL
  From End of Program
  Location: Petersburg, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Hertz or Budget
phone: Air-por-t217 x7889200
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

The closest airport to New Salem/Petersburg is in Springfield, Illinois and there is no public transportation available from Springfield to Petersburg. Car rental companies Hertz and Budget are available at the airport; call Hertz at 217-525-8820 and Budget at 217-753-3897. The airport in Springfield is the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at 217-788-9200. National, Enterprise and Alamo rentals are also available in Springfield.

 
Driving Directions
  From Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport (SPI) to Petersburg, IL Take Route 29 North to Rt123 West towards Petersburg. Once in Petersburg, stay on Rt123 as it turns South. RiverBank Lodge is on the left just past the Subway and Dairy Queen.
  From Chicago, Illinois to Petersburg, Illinois Take I-55 South, then take the Williamsville / Petersburg exit for Route 123 past the entrance to Athens. Turn left to remain on Route 123 and travel into Petersburg. Once in Petersburg turn left onto 6th Street, which is also Route 97 & Route 123. RiverBank Lodge is on the left just past the Subway and across from Dairy Queen.
  From St Louis, MO to Petersburg, Illinois Take I-55 North, then take the Williamsville / Petersburg exit for Route 123 past the entrance to Athens. Turn left to remain on Route 123 and travel into Petersburg. Once in Petersburg turn left onto 6th Street, which is also Route 97 & Route 123. RiverBank Lodge is on the left just past the Subway and across from Dairy Queen.
Equipment Requirements: None, but if you have a pair of sturdy work gloves bring them or they will be provided as needed.
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: Welcome and program orientation overview
(Wednesday, October 22)

Note: Located at the Lodge



   
 Evening: 3 PM: Arrival and check-in. At 5:30pm; welcome, introductions, dinner at the lodge and program orientation.
   
Accommodations: RiverBank Lodge

Day 2: Training and orientation at Lincoln's New Salem
(Thursday, October 23)

Note: Walking through the village of New Salem.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge
 Morning: Meet staff and volunteers of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site and begin orientation and learning the site’s history. View the orientation film "Turning Point" and take a guided walk through the village with retired site interpreter Charlie Starling.
 Lunch: Lunch on site
 Afternoon: View Visitor Center exhibits. Site staff will discuss the reason for the fall festival, describe the “lay out" of the event, and discuss the fundamental interpretive philosophy and site operation. Period clothing is selected.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Musical program with folk singer and writer Tom Irwin. Tom discovered a diary of 16 year old boy living on a farm west of Springfield, Illinois from 1893-1894. Tom lived in the same house 100 years later and composed songs based on the boys entries in his diary.
   
Accommodations: RiverBank Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn period interpretive activities and tasks.
(Friday, October 24)

Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge
 Morning: Participants begin training in 1830's period interpretive activities which may include carding/spinning wool, candle and soap making, weaving and children’s activities (yarn dolls, button sewing, games, etc.). Support services may include fireplace/firewood maintenance for buildings before/during event, equipment set-up, light trail maintenance, site clean-up, artifact inventory/cleaning and field/garden work (specific tasks may require period clothing). A schedule for the weekend event will be provided for interpretive and support services assignments considering the participants physical capability, operational needs and interest.
 Lunch: Lunch on site
 Afternoon: Continue training in 1830's period interpretive activities. A schedule for the weekend event will be provided for interpretive and support services assignments considering the participants physical capability, operational needs and interest.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: RiverBank Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Participate in the first day of the annual Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.
(Saturday, October 25)

Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge
 Morning: Participate in 1830's interpretive activities in assigned log houses or on the grounds of the village and conduct support services where needed. These activities will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and increase their understanding of 1830's daily life.
 Lunch: Lunch on site
 Afternoon: Continue to participate in 1830's interpretive activities in assigned log houses or on the grounds of the village and conduct support services where needed. These activities will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and increase their understanding of 1830's daily life.
 Dinner: At the Lodge
   
Accommodations: RiverBank Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Participate in the second and final day of the annual Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.
(Sunday, October 26)

Note: Day at Lincoln's New Salem



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge
 Morning: Continue to participate in 1830's interpretive activities in assigned log houses or on the grounds of the village and conduct support services where needed. These activities will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and increase their understanding of 1830's daily life.
 Lunch: Lunch on site
 Afternoon: Continue to participate in 1830's interpretive activities in assigned log houses or on the grounds of the village and conduct support services where needed. These activities will give you the opportunity to experience visitor reactions and increase their understanding of 1830's daily life.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: RiverBank Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap up to discuss activities and participation at the Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival.
(Monday, October 27)

Note: At the Lodge



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Lodge
 Morning: Share experiences and discuss activities and participation at the Lincoln's New Salem Fall Festival. Program ends at 10:30am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Petersburg, IL FREE TIME
Free time is very limited during the week. Arrive early or stay longer to see the sites listed in Petersburg near New Salem and those listed in Springfield, Illinois, which is 20 miles to the east of New Salem.
  Ann Rutledge Gravesite
Born January 1813 Ann Rutledges was said to be Abraham Lincoln's first love. Her death in 1835 at the age of 22 is claimed to be the cause of Lincoln's first known severe depression. Although the relationship is not 100% proven, if the actual New Salem residents are to be believed, the validity of the affair was very real. The gravesite is less than a mile from the Lodge.
  Edgar Lee Masters Home
Edgar Lee Masters is most famous for writing "Spoon River Anthology". His boyhood home is right in Petersburg, located 5 blocks from the lodge.
  Birthplace of the American Quarterhorse
Birthplace of the American Quarterhorse: Peter McCue is recognized as the father of the American Quarterhorse. Sired in Menard County, his combination of speed, power, and endurance made him very popular. A magnificent stud, he produced several champions. Some of his records still stand today, nearly 100 years after he was born. Visitors to Menard County can visit a memorial of this famous steed.
  Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Preserve
Jim Edgar, a former Governor of the State of Illinois, established the nearby Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Preserve in nearby Chandlerville, IL. Operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, JEPC is a 16,500 acre tract of land set aside to preserve the natural environment and offers plenty of nature-based activities. Some of these include Hiking (24 miles of trails), Fishing, Horseback Riding (26 miles of trails), Biking trails (24 miles of mountain bike trails, 10 miles of paved biking trails), Dark Sky Parties, and various other activities. Located at 10149 County Hwy. 11, Chandlerville, IL 62627 and phone at 217.452.7741.
  Emiquon State Fish & Wildlife Preserve
Emiquon State Fish & Wildlife Preserve is 7,000 acres of levied farmland and was purchased in 2000 by the Nature Conservancy with the goal of restoring the area to its condition when the European settlers discovered one of the richest fish and wildlife habitats in the U.S. The staff at the Emiquon office can explain this restoration process which has already resulted in increased traffic of migrating birds of numerous species.
  Hill Prairie Winery
Menard County’s very own Hill Prairie Winery is located in Oakford Illinois and boasts 14 acres of vineyard, and an intimate setting to sit and enjoy many of the local grape varieties in their finest of forms and is a short drive from the lodge. For additional information, visit www.hillprairiewinery.com/
  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org
  Illinois State Capitol
The first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free. For additional information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com
  Illinois State Museum
Permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free. For additional information, visit www.museum.state.il.us
  Lincoln Home National Historic Site
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/liho
  Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site
This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm; Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm; Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org For additional information, visit www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
  Old State Capitol State Historic Site
“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. For additional information, visit www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm
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Suggested Reading List


Lincoln's New Salem


Author: Benjamin P. Thomas


Description: Originally published in 1954, the book tells the story of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837 and features the founding and early history of the village, Lincoln's impact on New Salem and its effect on him and the story of the Lincoln legend and reconstruction of the town,



Sugar Creek, Life on the Illinois Prairie


Author: John Mack Faragher


Description: "Sugar Creek, Life on the Illinois Prairie" (The Lamar Series in Western History), follows the development of a rural Illinois community from its origins near the beginning of the nineteenth century, looks at community activity, and tells the stories of ordinary pioneers. Paperback 285 pages. Amazon.com





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