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Gettysburg: The Battle, the Place, the People

Program Number: 9114RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2014 - 5/30/2014; 4/26/2015 - 4/29/2015; 5/29/2015 - 6/1/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/17/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/1/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/15/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/26/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/2/2015; 9/4/2015 - 9/7/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/16/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/14/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/28/2015; 12/4/2015 - 12/7/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $615.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 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 battlefield 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. We’ll also pay our respects at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.




Highlights

• 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.
• Meet Hannah Shearer, close friend to Mary Lincoln, in an exceptional living-history presentation.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile daily and standing indoors and out; climbing flights of stairs; getting on/off a motorcoach.



You may be interested in a five-night version of this program (#16198).




Date Specific Information

5-27-2014, 4-26-2015, 5-29-2015, 6-14-2015, 7-12-2015, 8-23-2015, 9-4-2015, 9-13-2015, 10-11-2015

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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6-28-2015, 8-30-2015, 10-25-2015

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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12-4-2015

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. This program date will include several holiday related activities including a privately-guided visit to the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower—decked the Mamie-way for the holidays—and a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum decorated for an 1860s Christmas.
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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.
 
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.
 
Ted Gajewski

Ted Gajewski has a keen interest in the Civil War, so much so that when he retired from his job as a Pittsburgh steelworker three years ago, he relocated to Gettysburg, Pa. Ted became a Licensed Battlefield Guide in 2001 and has attended every seminar sponsored by the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.
 
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
   Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 3 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 fieldtrip 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
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg - MDT - 45 miles Baltimore Washington International - BWI - 55 miles
  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
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

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

 

Harrisburg

 

From 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.

 

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.

 

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.

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
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at the hotel after 3:00 p.m. A welcome reception and registration will be held in the hotel at 5:00 p.m. followed by orientation in the designated classroom at 5:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 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: Gettysburg National Park Visitors Center and Museum/First Day at Gettysburg Battle
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll begin by taking a field trip to the Gettysburg National Park Visitors Center and Museum. While there we'll 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 Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. There is free time to browse the gift shop and book store which has an outstanding collection of Civil War related books. Explore the museum, an extensive collection of artifacts found on the Gettysburg battlefield as well as other significant battlefields and historic places of the Civil War.
 Lunch: In the hotel
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll discuss the first day of fighting at Gettysburg in class before venturing on a field trip to the sites of the first day's battle where we'll explore McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: This evening we'll show the movie "The Gettysburg Story," where you will see Gettysburg as it's never been seen before.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Second day of Battle/Soldiers' National Cemetery/Evening performance
(Thursday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll have a class on the Second Day of Battle at Gettysburg followed by field trip to the site where the second day of fighting took place. The trip will be capped off with a walking tour of Cemetery Hill, including Soldiers' National Cemetery.
 Lunch: Enjoy the opportunity to sample local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll embark on a field trip to the Shriver House where you will hear the story of the Battle from the viewpoint of a local family.
 Dinner: Hotel dining room
 Evening: This evening we'll enjoy a performance from a folk musician playing Civil War Era music.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Third Day Battle at Gettysburg
(Friday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel
 Morning: This morning we'll discuss the Third Day of the Battle at Gettysburg with a morning class followed by a field trip to the site where the third day's fighting took place.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch to either take with you or enjoy in the hotel dining room before departing.
   
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
  Adams County Winery
A small farm winery since 1975 and is located 10 miles west of Gettysburg at 251 Peach Tree Rd Orrtanna Pa,17353 (717) 334-4631. The Farm Winery is open 6 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. The Winery also has a wine shop located just one block from the hotel at 25 Chambersburg St. open 11 am to 7 pm Monday thru Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.adamscountywinery.com
  Hauser Estate Winery
Hauser Estate Winery is located 8 miles west of Gettysburg at 410 Cashtown Rd, Biglerville, Pa 17310, (717) 334-4888. Enjoy the breath taking 360 degree views from the glass enclosed tasting-room. The winery also has a wine and gift shop located across the street from the hotel at 17 on the square. For additional information, visit www.hauserestate.com
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 Killer Angels


Author: Michael Shaara


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





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