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Intergenerational Gettysburg: A Passage Through Consecrated Ground

Program Number: 4747RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/20/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Licensed Battlefield Guides bring history alive as you experience the most riveting battle ever fought on American soil. Among the places visited, climb the boulders of Devil's Den and find out how doctors cared for the wounded using the medical tools of the time. When the battle ended, the muskets grew silent, the smoke cleared and the true horror began for the people of Gettysburg. Hear their words and understand their hardships in witnessing this battle.




Highlights

• Take on the role of a Southern soldier during the one mile of Pickett's Charge infantry assault to experience the emotional context of Gettysburg.
• 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.
• Be entertained by a folk musician who plays Civil War-era music on his handmade dulcimer, banjo, accordion and harmonica — then try out an instrument yourself.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles a day.



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
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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 5 nights
 Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 2632 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-334-2755
web: www.aspiregettysburghotel.com
  Room amenities: These are over sized rooms with two king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa and an easy chair. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and flat-screen TV. There is a desk workspace with an ergonomic chair also. Rooms are completely smoke-free.
  Facility amenities: Aspire features a restaurant, lounge, gift shop and deli. There is an indoor pool located in a tropical courtyard setting, a Business Center, and a Fitness Center. It is adjacent to the Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex that features mini-golf, go-karts, and arcades. A complimentary shuttle is available to go to downtown Gettysburg museums and shopping locations.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $69.00 + tax Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.
  Additional nights after: $69.00 + tax Please call Aspire with requests. Be sure to mention that you are with Road Scholar to receive the Road Scholar discounted price. Availability may be limited.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins at 5 p.m. for Registration in the hotel Atrium You will be staying at Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites 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 Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites 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 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.

 

Baltimore

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
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:

 

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

 

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 subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From all Directions to Aspire Hotel & Suites Gettysburg is located in south central Pennsylvania near the Maryland border, within an hour's drive of Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Harrisburg. Routes 15 and 30 intersect in Gettysburg. The Aspire Hotel & Suites is located at 2632 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg , PA, 3 miles south of the National Park.
  From the East to Aspire Hotel & Suites Take 30 West onto US 15 South to Frederick, MD. Take the US 15-BR exit toward Steinwehr Avenue. Turn right onto Emmitsburg Road/ US 15. Aspire Hotel & Suites is located at 2632 Emmitsburg Road.
  From the North to Aspire Hotel & Suites Exit off Route 15 at Steinwehr Exit. Turn right onto Emmitsburg Road. The Aspire Hotel and Suites is located at 2632 Emmitsburg Road.
  From the South to Aspire Hotel and Suites Reach Route 15 via 95,270 to Frederick , MD. Continue on Rte 15 to the Steinwehr Exit. Turn left onto Emmitsburg Road. Aspire Hotel and Suites is located at 2632 Emmitsburg Road.
  From the West to Aspire Hotel & Suites Follow 30 East to Baltimore Street/US 15 exit. Turn slight right onto Steinwehr Ave/ US 15. Aspire Hotel and Suites is located at 2632 Emmitsburg Road.
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, Living History Presentation
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Registration and welcome reception in the hotel at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom at 5:30 pm. followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held in a room at the hotel. Introductions will be held after dinner.
 Evening: Living History Presentation - Learn about Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend Hannah Shearer. Question and answer time will follow.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trip to the Visitors Center Museum and Cyclorama; classroom discussion about the first day of the battle; field trip to battlefield
(Monday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll begin with a field trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There you will watch the short film "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting (one of only three left in the U.S.) which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.
 Lunch: In the hotel
 Afternoon: Take part in a classroom session on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. After our classroom session we'll board a bus and visit the sites of the first day battle: McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Time for grandparents to relax while grandchildren go with Teen Leader for an activity.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll watch part one of the movie "Gettysburg."
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Day Two of the Battle - Devil's Den, Little Round Top; the civilian experience at the Battle
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: The second day of the battle will be discussed in the classroom followed by a visit to that days fighting. See beautiful monuments dedicated to the soldiers of the southern states as you move along the Confederate Line of Pickett's Charge. Climb the heights of Little Round Top and the boulders of Devil's Den.
 Lunch: In the hotel
 Afternoon: Hear the stories of the civilians - what did they do when this battle came to town?
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll enjoy part two of the movie "Gettysburg."
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Follow in the footsteps of Confederate Soldiers along Pickett's Charge; recreate a Civil War hospital
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: Follow the steps of the Confederate Soldiers as you march the one mile covering Pickett's Charge. We will personalize the battle by having each participant focus on the life and sacrifice of one solder. Take on the identity of a southern soldier and discover what happens to you during/after the third days fighting during Pickett's Charge. By role-playing the soldiers in one regiment involved in the infantry assault, it is hoped that the emotional context of battle is revealed and that the importance of Gettysburg is placed and understood in American history.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on the Battlefield - weather permitting
 Afternoon: Back out on the battlefield you will recreate a Civil War hospital. Not only will you witness a surgical procedure, you'll take part in it. First you will identify the duties of a Civil War Doctor. You'll learn the three sicknesses that soldiers most commonly reported and describe the symptoms. Injured soldiers were placed into three categories; learn how to identify these categories. Identify both the good and the bad medical procedures of the Civil War era. This true story reveals the drastic effects of war on the soldiers and civilians.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: Meet a folk musician while he plays Civil War Era music. He will discuss his hand made hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he performs his musical selections. "Instruments" that could have been used during that era will be handed out for all of the grandchildren to participate.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Day Three of the Battle, Soldiers' National Cemetery
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll discuss day three of the battle in our classroom followed by a field trip to the Battlefield. Our excursion will conclude with a walking tour of Cemetery Hill, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
 Lunch: Opportunity for grandparents and their grandchildren to experience local fare on their own at restaurant of their choice.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to revisit areas on the battlefield, museums and places of interest to you. Before dinner, the grandchildren meet a final time with their teen leaders and have a special treat as the grandparents gather to have their social time.
 Dinner: Special farewell dinner following the social for adults and activities and refreshments for children.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Shriver House Museum to learn about a Gettysburg family's experience during the Battle
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll conclude our program with a visit to the Shriver House Museum to see and hear the experiences of a local Gettysburg family during the siege.
 Lunch: Following our field trip we'll return to the hotel for a box lunch to take on your way or enjoy in the hotel dining room before you depart.
   
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: 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.



Gettysburg: The Long Encampment-The Battle, the Men, the Memories


Author: Jack McLaughlin


Description: Great for kids. 200 photographs and detailed descriptions of the battle, the men, terrain and battle positions.





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