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Civilian Conservation Corps, Edmund Fitzgerald, Lewis and Clark

Program Number: 10424RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/6/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
Price starting at: $558.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

8-3-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by University of Wisconsin-Superior.



Landmarks in Log and Stone: The CCC

Explore the history of the CCC, how it came to be and its role in building the area’s best-known landmarks. See the quality of its craftsmanship on a visit to beautiful and historic Pattison and Jay Cooke State Parks.



The Tale of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Learn about the “Big Fitz,” its years of service on Lake Superior, and its mysterious end. See the images of its days of splendor and how it rests on the bottom today. What happened? Be completely captivated by our wonderful presenter.



Lewis and Clark: A Commemoration of 200 Years

Their journey was the start of army exploration of the West. Relive part of this legendary trip as you revisit some of the significant events and locations of that time. Meet Sacagawea, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and others.




Superior

Nestled on the western tip of Lake Superior, this international port city offers an inside view of a bustling shipping center, as well as a unique ecosystem and gorgeous lakeside scenery.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel located on beautiful Barker's Island, with a great view of Lake Superior. Indoor pool and whirlpool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Barker's Island Inn
  Superior, WI 3 nights
 Barker's Island Inn
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Waterfront hotel overlooking a marina and Lake Superior.
  Contact info: 300 Marina Drive
Superior, WI 54880 USA
phone: 715-392-7152
web: www.barkersislandinn.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, hairdryer, phone with dataport.
  Facility amenities: On-site restaurant, indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Around $100.00. Please contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Around $100.00. Please contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM at hotel in Superior, WI. You will be staying at Barker's Island Inn that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 PM at hotel in Superior, WI. You will be staying at Barker's Island Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid photo ID such as driver's license is also required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Superior, WI
  Nearest city or town:  Duluth, MN
  Nearest highway: US 53.
  Nearest airport:  Duluth International Airport (DLH), Duluth, MN.
  From End of Program
  Location: Superior, WI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Duluth, MN

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Duluth, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Courtesy Cab
phone: 218-590-9222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From the Southeast (Eau Claire, WI) Take 53 north into Superior. Turn right at Bong Heritage Center and sign for Barker's Island Inn. Follow road to hotel.
  Minneapolis, MN North on Interstate 35 to Hwy 2 and cross the bridge into Wisconsin. Merge onto US 2 east via exit number 253A toward Wisconsin this is also the Bong Bridge. Turn left at stop lights on Belknap Street (Marina Drive) Turn left at stop sign. Follow to end of road, hotel on right.
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: Arrive and check into beautiful Barker's Island Inn. Be greeted by the Road Scholar Coordinator and receive your packet and schedule. Take some time to settle into your lovely room until dinner.
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive and check into beautiful Barker's Island Inn. Be greeted by the Road Scholar Coordinator and receive your packet and schedule. Take some time to settle into your lovely room until dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy a sit down dinner and meet your fellow CCC participants and leader(s). Afterwards, the program coordinator will officially greet everyone, review the schedule for the week and answer any questions that the group may have.
 Evening: We will take a short field trip to the Bong Veteran's Historical Center - which is just a short trip from the hotel. You will hear about Richard I. Bong and enjoy a self-guided tour through the facilities.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today we will be treated to several fascinating lectures about our areas of study and prepare for our day long field trip tomorrow.
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in The Galley restaurant - a full service restaurant overlooking the largest marina on Lake Superior. You will be treated to a sit down meal.
 Morning: Landmarks in Log & Stone: The Story of the CCC - lecture and slide show are from the Director of the Richard I. Bong Veteran's Historical Center. Learn the history of this amazing legacy. After a short break, enjoy the lecture and slide show presentation from the retired Director of the Maritime Museum on Lake Superior shipwrecks.
 Lunch: A delicious lunch will be served in the Galley Restaurant in the hotel. Again, this will be a plated, sit down meal.
 Afternoon: The Story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Lecture and slide show will be presented at the hotel. Following the lecture we will head over to the Fairlawn Mansion for a guided tour and dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at Fairlawn Mansion.
 Evening: To be announced
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A day-long field trip to Pattison State Park and Jay Cooke State Park.
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: In the Galley Restaurant.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Coach bus trip to Pattison State Park to see the beautiful architectures created by the CCC. This visit will include the viewing of natural water falls that make this area so unique.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at Grandma's Saloon & Deli located in beautiful Canal Park, Duluth MN.
 Afternoon: After lunch will walk just a few feet to the Maritime Museum for a self-guided tour. We will then re-board the bus and travel to Jay Cooke State Park where we will see more beautiful creations by the CCC.
 Dinner: We will have another delicious meal served at the hotel's Galley Restaurant.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Barker's Island Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Program Wrap Up, our last day together!
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: In the Galley Restaurant.
 Morning: Our retired Director from the Maritime Museum is back to give us an exciting presentation on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
 Lunch: Bid farewell to all with boxed lunches to go!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Superior, WI Fairlawn Mansion
One of "America's Castles", this 42 room Victorian mansion, built in 1889, was the private residence of Matrin and Grace Pattison and family. Fairlawn recalls the elegance and prosperity of Superior's early boomtown days. For additional information, visit www.superiorpublicmuseums.org
  Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center
Interactive exhibits, fully restored P-38 Lightening, and Pacific-European Theater displays will let you experience history through the eyes of those who lived it. For additional information, visit www.bongheritagecenter.org
  S.S. Meteor Maritime Museum
Launched from Superior in 1896, she is the world's only remaining innovative "whaleback" ship. Hear the ship's whistle and see the original 1896 steam engine as you tour from pilothouse to cargo holds. For additional information, visit www.superiorpublicmuseums.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


Stories in Log and Stone


Author: David R. Benson


Description: The Legacy of the New Deal in MN State Parks



Devil's Lake, Wisconsin and the Civilian Conservation Corps


Author: Robert Moore


Description: Thousands of young men embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when they joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Service at Wisconsin's popular state park offered notoriety absent at most camp assignments. While most of the CCC work around the country was in remote forests and farmlands, at Devil's Lake tourists could view CCC project activity each day, forging that labor into an essential part of the park experience. Historian Robert J. Moore interviews veterans and mines the archives to preserve this legacy so that the gasps of wonder at nature's marvels remain mixed with respect for the men who helped bring them forth.



I Gave My Heart to Know This


Author: Ellen Baker


Description: Ellen Baker is beloved for crafting intimate domestic stories that resonate deeply with readers. In I Gave My Heart to Know This, the award-winning author returns with a sweeping multigenerational saga of the searing power of war, memory, friendship, and family. In January 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena’s mother, Violet, have joined the growing ranks of women working for the war effort. Though they find satisfaction in their jobs at a Wisconsin shipyard, it isn’t enough to distract them from the anxieties of wartime, or their fears for the men they love: Lena’s twin brother, Derrick, and Grace’s high school sweetheart, Alex. When shattering news arrives from the front, the lives of the three women are pitched into turmoil. As one is pushed to the brink of madness, the others are forced into choices they couldn’t have imagined—and their lives will never be the same. More than five decades later, Violet’s great-granddaughter, Julia, returns to the small farmhouse where Violet and Lena once lived. Listless from her own recent tragedy, Julia begins to uncover the dark secrets that shattered her family, eventually learning that redemption—and love—can be found in the most unexpected places. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, I Gave My Heart to Know This is a riveting story of loyalties held and sacred bonds broken; crushing loss and enduring dreams; and what it takes—and what it means—to find the way home.



The Soldiers of Poverty


Author: Mary J. Schueller


Description: This creative nonfiction story begins in Virden, Illinois and follows the factual events of the author's father, Mike Kerkes, before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The narrative continues with Mike's friendships and his work in the hewing yard at Giant City Park in rural southern Illinois. After a reorganization of CCC manpower Mike is transferred to Company D-692 as a lead carpenter to help develop Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin, where the men endured one of the coldest winters on record. A desperate cry for help from the U.S. Forest Service on Isle Royale, Michigan during the drought of 1936 sent Company D-692 to help contain the inferno that threatened the entire island from destruction. Conditions on the island soon forced ordinary men into circumstances in which heroes find themselves. The book concludes with a tribute to these men by their grandchildren and an update on the two state parks they developed that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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