21963
Ohio
Ohio: Cradle of Presidents
Alongside historians and other experts, discuss the legacy of eight Ohioan presidents as you enjoy exclusive access to important museums, libraries, antiques and historic artifacts.
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Program No. 21963RJ
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7 days
6 nights
18 meals
6 B 6 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Ohio Presidents Intro
Independence, OH
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland - Independence

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 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: 4:00pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We 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. At 5:00 p.m. join us for a lecture by a local expert about the history and lore of Ohio’s eight Presidents. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll enjoy a buffet meal with salad, choice of entrée, side dishes, and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee (regular and decaf), tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow travelers and settle into Cleveland.

DAY
2
Garfield Historic Site, Cleveland, Lake View Cemetery
Independence, OH
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland - Independence

Activity note: Transportation every day will be via chartered motorcoach. Today we'll be driving up to 40 miles at a time, or about 35 minutes. The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is fully accessible except for a section of the house located a half-story up from the library. Exhibits can be viewed by a television monitor from the second floor. In Lake View Cemetery, access to the Garfield Memorial requires climbing approximately 20 steps. Walking/standing for up to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we'll enjoy a selection of hot and cold items off the breakfast buffet, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will start our day with a field trip to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and the President’s home, “Lawnfield.” President Garfield lived here from 1876 until his assassination in 1881. The name is derived from the Presidential election of 1880 when Garfield conducted a “front porch” campaign, giving speeches on the veranda while reporters camped out on the lawn. Garfield had been a “dark horse” candidate at the Republican Convention and won nomination on the 36th ballot! Following a video introduction, a National Park Service Ranger will provide a brief presentation at the Visitor's Center, followed by an expert-led visit of the site. The first two floors of the house have been restored to the period when the Garfields lived here. We will then take our motorcoach into Cleveland.

Lunch: At a popular local restaurant, we'll enjoy a choice of plated entrée. Non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Afternoon: We'll proceed to Lake View Cemetery and observe the impressive James A. Garfield Monument with the finest architectural styles and decorations of 1890 when it was dedicated. His is the only casket of a President on display. After visiting the Monument, we'll board the coach for the James A. Garfield Memorial Cabin and Birth Site. With an expert, we'll explore a replica cabin of the one where Garfield was born and enjoy a presentation on President Garfield.

Dinner: We'll dine out this evening at another popular local restaurant. Coffee, tea and water are included.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out in the morning.

DAY
3
McKinley Presidential Museum, First Ladies' Historic Site
Findlay, OH
B,L,D
Drury Inn & Suites Findlay

Activity note: The McKinley field trip is a ride of 66 miles, approximately 1 hour depending on traffic. Walking/standing for up to 2 hours at the museums. All sites visited today are handicap-accessible.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board our motorcoach to the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton. In addition to an expert-led exploration of the McKinley Gallery, a permanent display that chronicles the life, career, and assassination of our 25th President, we will have a special presentation by the Director of Education.

Lunch: We'll have lunch with "President McKinley" himself! Lunch will be a catered buffet with salad and two entrées. Coffee, hot and iced tea will be included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll stop at the McKinley Memorial for a quick visit with an instructor before getting back on the motorcoach and heading to our next destination. We'll continue our examination of Ohio Presidents and their families at the First Ladies' National Historic Site that comprises the National First Ladies’ Library and the Ida Saxton McKinley Home. The Library is the first and only facility of its kind, a national archive devoted to the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. With the guidance of a museum instructor, we will explore the exhibits in the library lobby, and enjoy an expert-led visit of the Ida McKinley Home a block away. This was Mrs. McKinley’s childhood home and the couple’s residence during the years he served in Congress before being elected President. We conclude our day’s educational journey with a presentation on First Ladies to learn more about their roles in the White House and their importance in US history. We will drive along U.S. Route 30 — the “Lincoln Highway” — on our way to our next destination of Findley, OH.

Dinner: En route, we will stop at a popular local restaurant. Enjoy a plated meal that includes coffee, tea and water.

Evening: We will continue en route, and check into the hotel in Findlay, OH.

DAY
4
Fort Meigs & William Henry Harrison, Rutherford Hayes Center
Findlay, OH
B,L,D
Drury Inn & Suites Findlay

Activity note: The Fort Meigs field trip is a ride of 35 miles, approximately 40 minutes. Fort Meigs is a multi-acre outdoor living history museum with gravel pathways. At Rutherford B. Hayes' home, visitors unable to negotiate stairs to the second floor can take the small elevator up. Walking/standing for up to 2 hours at our field trips.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet includes a selection of hot and cold items, plus coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Transferring to our destination via motor coach, we'll ride to Fort Meigs in Perrysville, the site of an epic battle in the War of 1812. It was here that Major-General William Henry Harrison exhorted his troops to repulse a British attack saying, “Remember that the eyes of your country are upon you!” (Harrison would later become our shortest-serving President, dying a month after his inauguration in 1841.) A local expert will discuss Harrison's role in the war, followed by a weapons demonstration. We will then have an opportunity to explore the Fort Meigs Visitor's Center and Museum at leisure.

Lunch: We’ll have sandwiches aboard the bus en route to Fremont. Lunch will also include a bottle of water.

Afternoon: Our next field trip will be to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove in Fremont. Hayes inherited the Spiegel Grove estate from an uncle and lived here with his family off and on from 1873 until his death in 1893. We will have an instructor-led exploration of the Center, learn more about President Hayes from an expert, and listen to a presentation by the Director of Education.

Dinner: We will stop for dinner at a local restaurant. Dinner will be a plated meal including coffee, tea and water.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out in the morning.

DAY
5
Warren G. Harding Home Presidential Site, Harding Memorial
Cincinnati, OH
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate

Activity note: The ride to the Harding field trip is 54 miles, about an hour depending on traffic. The ride from the Harding Home to our Cincinnati hotel is 150 miles, about 2 1/2-hours, depending on traffic. There will not be any stops along the way. Due to the historic preservation of the Harding Home, this site is not ADA compliant. Walking/ standing up to 2 hours at the sites.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we'll head to the Harding Home in Marion, where Warren and Florence lived for 30 years. Please note, due to major renovations, the interior of the home, Press House and the mobile Voting Booth will not be accessible to visitors until 2020. Our field trip will include an expert presentation on the life of President Harding and the renovation project “Harding 2020”. Our field trip will also include a stop at the famous front porch of Harding’s home and a visit to the white marble Greek temple-inspired Harding Memorial.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near Marion, enjoy a plated lunch of any entrée on the menu. Any non-alcoholic beverages will be included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will drive to the Cincinnati hotel for check in.

Dinner: Upon arrival at the hotel, we will check in and enjoy a plated meal with a choice of soup or salad and choice of entree. Coffee, tea and water are included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Harrison and Taft Sites, Explore Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati Eastgate

Activity note: We'll be driving via motorcoach up to 35 miles at a time today, or approximately 45 minutes. Access to the William Henry Harrison Tomb Historic Site is via approximately 30 flagstone steps with a handrail. Walking/standing up to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and beverages including milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Our first historical field trip of the day will be to the Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation Museum that focuses on President William Henry Harrison, his grandson, Benjamin Harrison (not an Ohioan!), as well as a Harrison in-law, John Cleves Symmes. First, we will hear a presentation on William Henry Harrison by an instructor from the Harrison-Symmes Museum. From there, we’ll pay a call at the William Henry Harrison Tomb Historic Site.

Lunch: We will stop outside Cincinnati for a plated meal. Coffee, tea, and water will be included.

Afternoon: We'll take our motorcoach to the William Howard Taft National Historic Site where Taft was born and grew up. We'll be greeted by a National Park Service Ranger for a background presentation, followed by an ranger-led exploration of the Taft home. We will then enjoy a presentation on the Taft family by a local expert. We will also have an opportunity to spend time in the Visitor Center, a.k.a. Taft Education Center, on our own. From theTaft National Historic Site, we will board the motorcoach with our local expert and explore the city through the eyes of the Taft family. One of our stops on this city exploration will be the Taft Museum of Art, where William Howard Taft accepted his nomination to presidency. The museum also houses a collection of landscape murals by one of the first internationally recognized African-American artists, Robert S. Duncanson.

Dinner: We will take the motorcoach to a local restaurant for a buffet meal. Coffee, tea and water are included.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace, To Cleveland, Program Concludes
Cincinnati, OH
B,L

Activity note: Due to the historic preservation of the Grant home, it is not ADA compliant. Walking/standing up to 2 hours at a time. The return trip to Cleveland aboard the motorcoach is 240 miles, about four hours, depending on traffic. We will depart at 2:00 p.m., take a comfort stop, and expect to return to our Cleveland hotel at 7:00 p.m. Lodging this night is not included in the program package.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and depart for the modest birthplace of President Ulysses S. Grant in Point Pleasant. We’ll have an expert-led exploration and learn about Grant’s early life, with time to see more of the site on our own. A local professor will speak to our group about our country's 18th President. Our final stops will be at Ulysses S. Grant's boyhood home, where he lived from the age of 1-year-old until he left for West Point, and the one-room school house he attended. Due to the historic preservation of the home, that site is not ADA compliant.

Lunch: We will enjoy a boxed lunch, which includes a choice of sandwich and a bottle of water.

Afternoon: For those who will be leaving from the Cincinnati airport, we recommend booking flights that depart after 5:00 p.m. For those returning to Cleveland aboard the motorcoach, there will be a comfort stop in Columbus en route, and we will return to our first hotel in Cleveland around 7:00 p.m. The hotel offers shuttle service to and from the airport. The hotel is located 20 minutes away (driving) from the Cleveland Hopkins airport. Please fill out the Departure Information Form at the back of your packet and return to Road Scholar 30 days prior to your program start date. 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!






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