Rehoboth Beach
Delaware on the Front Lines: Military and Maritime History, Plus Women Spies
Through lectures and a live performance, discover Delaware’s military story as you learn about Civil War allegiances, the strategic advantage of Fort Miles and women in espionage.
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Program No. 12378RJ
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Check-In, Registration, Talk on Women Who Spied
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Afternoon: Prior to dinner, please meet your fellow Road Scholar participants in the Conference Room at 4:30pm. This orientation will be facilitated by your Group Leader and an updated schedule will be reviewed. Join us as we prepare you for a fun-filled and educational visit to Delaware!

Dinner: Dinner will be delivered to us this evening! Enjoy a buffet style dinner offering 2 entree choices and delicious sides. Water, Iced Tea and Coffee beverages included.

Evening: In "Women Who Spied", storyteller Marie Gormley-Tarleton presents first-person narrative of three women spies--one who spied for the colonists during the American Revolution, a Union spy during the Civil War, and one who may have spied during World War I.

Delaware WWII, War History Field Trip
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Activity note: Walking over rough terrain/sand at Fort Miles and limited mobility while exploring WWII bunker.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served provided by the hotel. Assorted hot breakfast items to enjoy with water, coffee and tea included.

Morning: Lecture on the part Delaware played during WW-II

Lunch: Lunch will be enjoyed in a local restaurant on the main street of Lewes.

Afternoon: Guided field trip to the WW-II Bunker at Fort Miles in Cape Henlope State Park. Lewes, Delaware - reveals it's pivotal role during WW-II. The Bunker was a key piece in the nation's coastal defense at that time.

Dinner: After a short rest back a the hotel, we will gather to walk 4 blocks to a local restaurant, serving delicious Mexican cuisine.

Evening: "Women Spies of WWII- Female Spies: Behind the Scenes"- “Rosie the Riveter” is the iconic image of women who played an important role during WWII in support of the war effort. However, the participation of women in clandestine operations behind the scenes was a role that few could have imagined at the time. That information was held in classified files in national archives for many years following the war. Through lecture, historical footage of the era and interview of women who risked their lives to aid in the allied effort, this course will introduce women spies and resistance fighters— unsung heroes—whose selfless efforts helped the allies win the war.

Maritime History Field Trip, WWII Musical Highlights
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Activity note: Sitting for up to an hour on the Delaware Tech bus. Afternoon walking tour is outside, so prepare for weather. Tour will require standing for up to an hour and walking up to 2 miles along sidewalks and small streets.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served provided by the hotel. Assorted hot breakfast items to enjoy with water, coffee and tea included.

Morning: Field trip to the Air Mobility Command Museum. During WWII, the 4146 Base Unit was involved in secret rocket development at what was then known as Dover Army Airfield. The building complex where these military secret operations took place was Hangar 1301. From the 1950s to the 1970s, various fighter squadrons called the hangar home. In the 1990s after restoration and placement on the National Register of Historic Places, Hangar 1301 was given new life as the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Dover, Delaware's capital.

Afternoon: Step back in time during a "Maritime Walking Tour" provided by the Lewes Historical Society. This 60 minute tour will provide an overview of the history of Lewes as influenced by the maritime factors.

Dinner: Catered Buffet style dinner served in the hotel prior to our evening entertainment.

Evening: Musical Entertainment: Tap your toes and drift back in time as you enjoy songs and stories from WWII.

The Navy In Delaware War History, Program Concludes
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served provided by the hotel. Assorted hot breakfast items to enjoy with water, coffee and tea included.

Morning: Our last lectures of the program will focus on the role the Navy served in Delaware's War: * “The Navy at Cape Henlopen: A Century of Service”- This presentation documents the presence of the U.S. Navy on Cape Henlopen from 1898 to 1996. It highlights the principal U.S. Navy installations that were on the Cape, illustrates what the facilities looked like when they were operational and what the locations look like today. * “Submarines at the Cape: Friend and Foe” U.S. Navy submarines operated in the vicinity of Cape Henlopen from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. Many did so, either on the way to war or returning to the reserve fleet. Others conducted trials and testing in the waters off the Cape, usually with success, but things did not always go so well. Several accidents and what the Navy has called “…one of the great tales of submarine rescues at sea.” are highlighted. In addition, German submarine operations in coastal waters and at the Cape in both World War I and II are recounted. Their successes against U.S. shipping and the Navy’s response are described in detail.

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