Blood, Bullets, Ballistics, and Bifurcations: How Real CSIs Get the Job Done
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2014 - 5/2/2014
West Swanzey, New Hampshire
Price starting at:
Price may vary based on date, departure city
Science & Nature
15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian
Learn from real forensic scientists how crime scenes are examined and how the evidence collected is analyzed at the crime lab. Immerse yourself in the world of DNA, firearms, fingerprints, handwriting and document analysis, and see for yourself how microscopic examinations of hair, fibers and even paper match sticks can place someone at the scene of the crime.
• Take part in demonstrations in the crime lab to discover how fingerprints are developed.
• Step into actual "sanitized" crime scenes to see how all the pieces of the investigative puzzle come together.
• Hear tales of "Monadnock Moments" featuring stories of people and places in the Monadnock region and the unsolved murders of Cheshire County.
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Date Specific Information
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.
Coordinated by Pilgrim Pines Conference Center.
Nestled in the valley of southwest New Hampshire, West Swanzey is one of several postcard-perfect towns in the Monadock region. Winding roads pass covered bridges, historic sites and the 3,000-foot Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular ascents in New England.
Lakeside cabins and condos at conference facility on shores of Swanzey Lake; limited first-floor rooms. Alcohol-free site. Single rooms available at no extra cost.
Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kim Rumrill is a criminalist for the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Science Laboratory. Her expertise is serology, the science that deals with serums, especially blood. The daughter of a police detective, Kim attributes her studies in medical technology at Colby-Sawyer to her strong foundation for all the science fields in which she’s worked. She is asked four or five times a year to testify in criminal court cases, including some of the most high-profile crimes in New Hampshire.
Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.
Meals and Lodgings
Retreat center located on a lake with a quiet country friendly atmosphere
220 W. Shore Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 USA
All rooms have private bath. Cabins by the Lake, condo style housing available and enjoy the quaint historic Mayflower Lodge. New beds in all units... single and double beds available.
Additional nights prior:
Check in time:
Additional nights after:
Check out time:
Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. in lodge office. You will be staying at
End of Program:
12:15 p.m. in lodge dining room after lunch. You will be staying at
the night before.
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Parking is free
To Start of Program
Nearest city or town:
Interstate Rte. 91, Highways #10, #32
From End of Program
Additional transportation information same as above
Advanced Reservations Required
Per Person/One Way:
Logan-$152,00/Bradley-$137.00/Manchester-$128.00/same reservation-$20.00 ea
Prices are subject to change.
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Logan-95 miles/ Bradley-85 miles/Manchester-65 miles
No Bus service available from airports. Rental car is option. Enterprise and Avis have drop sites in Keene, NH (10 miles from Pilgrim Pines). Please call Chuck Anderson, coordinator 603-499-1994 to ask about possibility of coordinating schedules with other Participants.
Highway #2 West to 140 N. 140 N to 12 N. 12 N through Troy, NH to Flat Roof Mill Rd., (3.5 miles N of Troy) L on Flat Roof Mill Rd to #32. (about 4 miles - stop sign). R on 32 and an immediate L on Swanzey Lake Rd. 2.2 miles on Swanzey Lake Rd to West Shore Rd. Turn R and follow 1 mile to Pilgrim Pines sign.. continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA
#91 N to exit 28A...(N of Greenfield, MA exit) Follow #10 N from that exit through Winchester, NH. Four miles N of Winchester look for Pilgrim Pines sign. When you pass the Shamrock Reality building, turn R on Swanzey Lake Rd. Follow 4 miles, bearing R to West Shore Rd. Turn L on West Shore Rd and follow one mile to Pilgrim Pines sign... continue 1/4 mile to Mayflower Lodge - Office.
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.
Welcome dinner and Orientation
(Sunday, April 27)
Check-in and Orientation
CHECK IN and REGISTRATION Registration begins at 3:00-3:30 p.m.in Mayflower Lodge Office located on Pilgrim Pines campus. When you get your room assignment, you also will receive your welcome packet containing your name tag, room key, up-t0-date schedule and other important information we will review during orientation that evening. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstance. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. WELCOME RECEPTION Join us for coffee and snacks from 3:30-5:00 pm and begin the process of getting to know the program and fellow participants.
Our welcome dinner is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Lodge Dining Room, buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections with healthy choices to include vegetarian options, plus coffee, tea, and dessert.
Orientation, 7:15 p.m. We will begin with introductions, then review the schedule, cover responsibilities, go over emergency procedures and seek to answer any questions you may have about our week together. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: We will explore the work of real CSIs with forensic scientists, law enforcement officials and historians.
On Campus Recreational opportunities
(Monday, April 28)
Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 a.m in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and choice of juices. .
PRESENTATION for our first class will be be an introduction to CSI and present an overview of work in a forensic lab. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will continue with a case presentation of Sheila LaBarre-NH serial murderer.
Lunch,is served from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the Mayflower Dining Room. Choose from a full salad bar, soup of the day, taco salad, and/or make your own sandwich, brownies or cookies and drinks of your choice. (gluten free or vegetarian available upon request).
The afternoon will feature a number of options including a walk around the lake, canoeing,a brief lecture about Swanzey Lake and region, a planned hike and free time to read or rest.
Dinner,is at 6:00 p.m in the Mayflower Dining Room. After announcements and a blessing for the day a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice (gluten free or vegetarian is available upon request).
At 7:15 p.m a retired Chief of Police will present the work, experiences and work of a small town law enforcement officer. The evening will conclude with a light snack in the Dining Room along with opportunities to discuss the day or relax and join other Road Scholars in a variety of activities.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Classes in Concord, and a visit to State Capitol Building
(Tuesday, April 29)
Classes in Concord, NH and visit to State Capitol Building
Breakfast will served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room, featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, breads to toast, scrambled eggs sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea and juice.
Using maxi-vans we will leave Pilgrim Pines after breakfast for our 75 minute ride to Concord, NH to enjoy our classes in the conference room at the Audubon Society. Coffee, Tea, and muffins will be available on our arrival to renew your energy for the morning. Our first class of the day will be presented by an outstanding Forensic Toxicologist from the NH Police State Lab.
At 12:15 pm, we will enjoy a box lunch prepared by the Pilgrim Pines staff.
In the early afternoon we will enjoy a second presentation by a Forensic Toxicologist to help us understand in depth the work that goes on in the Lab. In the middle of the afternoon we will take a short trip to the NH Capitol Building for a guided tour. We will return in time for the evening meal. 3:30 p.m.Tour of Capitol Building
After a long day away, enjoy your full buffet dinner 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. The meal will include a full salad bar, meat and vegetable entrées, dessert and drinks of your choice. (gluten free and vegetarian meals are available upon request).
After dinner immerse yourself in a live luminol demonstration and experience and hands-on experiments. For the close of the day you are invited to the dining room for a snack, opportunities for conversation, put together a puzzle, play parlor games, watch TV, and/or read before your sleep.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fieldtrip to Wyman Tavern in Keene, NH
(Wednesday, April 30)
Fieldtrip to Keene will include a tour of the Historical Society and the Wyman Tavern.
Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring pancakes, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, bread to toast, fruit and yogurt bar along with coffee, tea, and juice.
Our first lecture of the day will feature an outstanding historian presenting a brief history of SW New Hampshire Coffee, Tea, Water, Fruit and coffee cake will be served to renew your energy. The second lecture of the day will focus in on Monadnock Moments - Unsolved murders of Cheshire County.
Enjoy our buffet style lunch served from 12:30-1:15 pm in Mayflower Dining Room. In addition to a full salad bar and soup of the day, enjoy a hot entrée along with dessert, and drinks of your choice. Alternate choices are always available upon request from our professional chefs..
In the afternoon enjoy a Field Trip to Keene to visit Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Wyman Tavern, where Dartmouth College was founded and the minutemen from this area gathered to join up with the Revolutionary forces..
A full buffet dinner awaits your palate at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. In addition to a full salad bar, enjoy meat and vegetable entrées, homemade breads, cobbler or strawberry shortcake for dessert, and of course coffee and tea. .
Tonight enter the world of a Crime Scene Investigator who will share how he does his work and some of the experiences he has encountered along the way.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bullets and Ballistics
(Thursday, May 1)
Tour of covered bridges of Cheshire County
Breakfast will be served buffet style from 8:00-8:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room featuring hot and cold cereals, french toast, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola along with coffee, tea and juice. Alternatives for special dietary needs are always available upon request.
Our first lecture of the day will focus on firearms, different types, history and training. The morning break brings coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. Part two of the lecture on firearms will complete our morning.
Bag Lunch at 12:45 pm onsite
After lunch you are invited to tour by maxi-van to covered bridges of Cheshire County. Free time options we be available
Our last evening meal together for the week will once again feature a full buffet dinner served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room.
7:30 p.m. Participants are invited to participate in a Homespun event where they share their favorite story, poem, writing, creative writing, song, joke, etc.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Solving a mock crime scene
(Friday, May 2)
Check out of rooms farewell luncheon
We will begin serving breakfast at 8:00-8:45:45 am in the Mayflower Dining Room. featuring baked oatmeal, a specialty of the house, omelette's, hash along with a fruit bar, yogurt and granola. As you have enjoyed your second cup of coffee or tea, we hope you have enjoyed the choices each morning. .
This morning you will be given and opportunity to use the CSI skills you have learned this week to solve a mock crime scene. Mid morning you will be asked to check out of your rooms to enable our housekeeping staff time to prepare for the next group coming to the Conference Center. Coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee rolls will be served. To complete our morning we will spend some time debriefing our experience at the mock crime scene and review the week. Break 10:15 a.m. Check out of Rooms 10:45 a.m. Debriefing Session
Our Farewell luncheon,which will be served at 12:00 noon in the Mayflower Dining Room. For participants who need to leave early, box lunches will be available upon request. Safe travel and thank you for attending our Road Scholar program at Pilgrim Pines. It has been a pleasure to serve you..
Free Time Opportunities
New Hampshire Devision of Travel and Tourism
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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.
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As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.
Specifically, this program includes:
5 nights accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Expert-led lectures: 12
Led by one or more of our world-class instructors, typically in a classroom setting, lectures come in the form of presentations, discussions or workshops and offer expert insight into your area of study.
Field trips: 3
The world is your classroom, as you're on location with an instructor to pursue your educational theme firsthand.
Hands-on experiences: 3
Learn by doing in these "hands-on" activities directed by an expert.
A performance can range from a night at the opera to a visit from a local performer at your hotel.
Plus these special experiences...
Opportunity for hiking, tennis, canoeing, golf and taking a tour of the covered bridges of Cheshire County.
Visit to Keene to Historical Society of Cheshire County and historic Wyman Tavern.
Participants will have the hands-on opportunity to solve a mock murder scene.
Fieldtrip to Concord, NH for forensic classes and a tour of Capitol Building
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And included with all Road Scholar programs:
Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, providing 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage.
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