The Gilded Age

From the expansion of the railroads to the beginnings of baseball, learn about America’s Gilded Age and how this pivotal era changed the country.
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Program No. 22691RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In an era marked by robber barons and booming industry, America also welcomed a wave of immigrants, survived two major economic depressions and witnessed two presidential assassinations. The Gilded Age – a term coined by Mark Twain — marked the end of the Civil War and the growth of the nation until the turn of the 20th Century. Come revisit this period as we delve into the politics, people, scandals and entertainment that became synonymous with the time.
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Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing.

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  • Discuss politics in the Gilded Age, including the ballot controversy of the 1876 election, two presidential assassinations and a Congress known for its tobacco-filled halls and spittoons.
  • Explore the artwork of the late 1800s, including the collections of two "robber baron" type industrialists, Harry Clay Frick and Louisine and Harry Havemeyer, the redecoration of the White House under Chester Arthur and other American artists with their society portraits.
  • Consider popular culture of the era, including the birth of baseball and basketball, the popularity of vaudeville and books by authors including Arthur Conan Doyle.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Susan M. Rosoff
Susan Rosoff served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art where she developed many award-winning programs and educational materials. She taught undergraduate and graduate level art history courses at the University of Central Florida. Now head of Susan Merrill Rosoff Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC, she lectures across throughout Florida and works with museums and schools in creating arts integrated learning resource materials, which include co-authoring “Teaching Through the Arts: Writing,” a book using the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to teach writing.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lynn B. Schiffhorst
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