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Gettysburg: The Battle, the Place, the People

Program Number: 9114RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/26/2015 - 4/29/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/17/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/15/2015; 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: $635.00 - 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

4-26-2015, 6-14-2015, 7-12-2015, 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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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 Participant Information 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
 

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

 

From 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.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 26 mins 

 

Distance:

 

78.2 miles

 

Baltimore Washington International Airport ( BWI)

 

From 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.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 20 mins 

 

Distance:

 

61.6 miles

 

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)

 

From 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.

 

Travel Time:

 

51 mins 

 

Distance:

 

46.5 miles

   

Maria's Transport will also pick up at Harrisburg Train Station (HAR) 4th and Chestnut Streets Harrisburg, PA 17101

 
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 and Check-in / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Living History Presentation
(Sunday, April 26)

Note: Note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: In our classroom, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. The Site Coordinator will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All transportation will be made via private coach unless mentioned otherwise. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Site Provider or Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In the hotel dining room featuring a three course plated meal with salad, entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; Other beverages will be available for purchase.
 Evening: Learn about Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend Hannah Shearer. Mrs. Lincoln, the first presidential wife to be called First Lady by the press, took an active role in helping her husband through the Civil War. She traveled across the Union helping raise the morale of soldiers, served as a messenger and an informer for Union troops and President Lincoln, and was one of the strongest advocates of full abolition for African American so much so that she considered the Emancipation Proclamation a personal victory.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum / Gettysburg Cyclorama / Analyzing the Battle: Day 1 / and Visit / Historical Movie
(Monday, April 27)

Note: Note: Walking up to approximately 1 mile, standing for up to 2 hours, uneven battlefield terrain.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a rotating dish of the day plus eggs, hot/cold cereals, fruit, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.
 Morning: We’ll begin with a field trip via public transportation to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. The museum features the short film "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, one of the few remaining cycloramas in the United States, 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.
 Lunch: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a hearty buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.
 Afternoon: The Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the Civil War. The leader of the Confederates, General Robert E. Lee, mounted an invasion of the North that was intended to break Northern morale and lead to a negotiated peace. Lee massed his 80,000 men around the little town of Gettysburg, met by about 100,000 in the Union army commanded by General George Meade. The battle that raged from July 1-3, 1863, went back and forth with the advantage changing from one side to another and massive numbers of deaths. When it was done, more Americans died in those three days at Gettysburg than the entire Vietnam war and Lee was defeated.

We’ll be joined by a Licensed Battlefield Guide who will outline the events of Day 1 of the battle and examine the tactics of the opposing armies that ended with General Lee and his Confederates holding the advantage. Then, we’ll take a field trip via private coach to see the places involved on Day 1 and imagine what it was like to be there.

 Dinner: In the hotel dining room.
 Evening: We’ll watch the documentary “The Gettysburg Story” to expand your understanding of the Battle and its importance. Released in 2013, this film brings the Civil War’s most famous battle to life in a way that has never been seen before.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Analyzing the Battle: Day 2 / and Visit / Soldiers' National Cemetery / Folk Music Performance
(Tuesday, April 28)

Note: Note: Walking up to approximately 2 miles, standing for up to 2 hours, uneven battlefield terrain.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, our Licensed Battlefield Guide will continue a detailed analysis of the Battle of Gettysburg, focusing on the dramatic events of Day 2, followed by a field trip to the battlefield. We’ll visit West Confederate Avenue, where the Confederate soldiers attacked the Union army’s left flank.

On July 2nd, General Lee hoped to capitalize on his success from the day before. In the morning, Confederate forces attacked from the west at Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard. Despite the company being effectively destroyed at the Wheatfield and needing heavy reinforcement’s through the day, Union forces were able to hang on and hold their ground. In the evening, Lee hoped to break the Union right flank but was repelled again.

We’ll end the day with a walk through Cemetery Hill, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
 Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Gettysburg has a number of restaurants located in historic buildings. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Afternoon: We'll take a field trip to visit the restored Shriver House to see and hear the experiences of a local Gettysburg family during the battle.

Built by George Shriver and his family in 1860, the house featured a cellar that he hoped to turn into his new business; Shriver’s Saloon and Ten-Pin Alley. Believing the war would be a short one, George volunteered for service in 1861 but still had not made it home by the time opposing forces approached Gettysburg. Fleeing the home on July 1st, George’s wife Hettie took their kids and their neighbors’ daughter to their home further from town, in between Little and Big Round Top where the worst of the fighting would occur over the next three days. Following the battle, Hettie helped her family and the thousands of wounded before returning to her home on July 7, with her neighbors recounting the events of the battle and the Confederate sharpshooters that held her home as a nest.
 Dinner: In the hotel dining room.
 Evening: At the hotel we’ll meet a local renowned folk musician for a performance of Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.
   
Accommodations: Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Analyzing the Battle: Day 3 Lecture / and Visit / Program Concludes
(Wednesday, April 29)

Note: Note: Check-out of the hotel following breakfast. Belongings can be stored at the Front Desk or in the classroom. Walking up to approximately 1 mile, standing for up to 2 hours, uneven battlefield terrain.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We’ll have a lecture on the third day and final day of fighting at Gettysburg.

[Begun early in the morning by Union artillery, they thwarted Confederate plans to attack the Union flanks and instead managed to reinforce their lines. Forcing a change of plans, General Lee decided to march at the center of the Union line following an artillery barrage. This fateful march is now known as “Pickett’s Charge” and marked closest the Confederate troops would come to a victory on Union soil.
 Lunch: You will have a box lunch you may have at the hotel or take away with you. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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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