Signature City Atlanta
Get to know “The Big Peach” inside and out as you explore some of the city’s highlights, from the historic Swan House plantation to CNN’s global headquarters.
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Program No. 2816RJ
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Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby 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, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Civil War History, Atlanta History Center, Swan House, GWTW
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking between homes and Atlanta History Center approximately 500 yards; paved and unpaved pathways.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, bagels, breads, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert whose field of specialization is the American Civil War for a presentation. Our expert taught American History and Government at Oglethorpe University and is the author of numerous publications on the Civil War. We will then have an expert led field trip to the Atlanta History Center and the historic Swan House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an Atlanta landmark. The Swan House, built in 1928 for Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune, was designed by well-known and influential Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze. We will also have access to a farm house built in the 1840s by the Robert Smith family. Tullie Smith Farm is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally located east of Atlanta, outside the city limits, the house survived the near-total destruction of Atlanta in 1864. The farm complex was moved to the Atlanta History Center's campus in 1969 and serves as a tangible reminder of the rural past in a metropolitan area where agriculture has essentially disappeared.

Lunch: At the historic Swan Coach House, we’ll have a plated lunch. Prior to relocating to its current location, the Foundation members had to remodel and enlarge the building that once served as the carriage house.

Afternoon: During our expert led field trip to the Swan House, we will be able to explore many of the rooms of this beautifully restored historic home including the entrance, breakfast room and hall, library, living room, dining room, kitchen, butler's pantry, Mrs. Inman's bedroom and bathroom, grandchildren's bedroom, guest bedroom, and Mr. Inman's bedroom. Additionally, a stroll around the grounds of the Swan House will offer many breathtaking views complete with gardens and fountains. The Swan House was the setting for the Hunger Games for a recent filming. Discover life on a typical yeomen farm in Antebellum Georgia on a self led visit to the Tullie Smith Farm House. Enjoy heritage vegetables and field crops in period gardens and see the wide variety of plants beloved by today's Atlantans.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant across the street from the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal with coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: An expert from the Atlanta History Center will join us to discuss one of the most famous books in American history — “Gone With The Wind” — and share information about its author, Margaret Mitchell. We read its expression of what has been called the personification of Southern romanticism differently today. But since its publication in 1936 and the movie version in 1939, GWTW has kept its place in the popular imagination.

CNN Center, Jimmy Carter Center, Atlanta Field Trip
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Descending 8 flights of stairs at CNN; elevator available. Walking up to 1/2 mile in Japanese Gardens at Carter Center; paved walkway.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will make our way to CNN headquarters in downtown Atlanta for an expert-led field trip that will provide an inside look at the history of the CNN News Group networks, their coverage of the events that shape our world, and the state-of-the-art studios responsible for bringing the news to more than 1 billion people around the globe. We will see actually see news travel though the newsrooms of CNN and Headline News on its way to the anchor's desk where it is delivered live right before our eyes. We’ll then board a motorcoach and ride to the Carter Center.

Lunch: At the Carter Center, we’ll have a buffet lunch.

Afternoon: At the Carter Center, a member of the staff will provide insights into the Center's commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering in the world. The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is a non-governmental organization working to improve the lives of people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. We’ll then have an expert-led exploration of the museum of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. We’ll be able to see photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976-81), an exact replica of the Oval Office, and gifts received by the Carters. The permanent exhibit of significant events during Jimmy Carter's life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text as well as the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” Next, we’ll explore more of Atlanta with a local expert who grew up here. We’ll see the Martin Luther King Memorial and historic Ebenezer Baptist Church with commentary by our expert.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The hotel has a limited menu in the lobby area and there are many restaurants within walking distance. The hotel shuttle will take anywhere within a 2-mile radius.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy the evening on your own or with newfound friends.

Bulloch Hall, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Jazz Musicians
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: On/off motorcoach. Walking at Atlanta Botanical Gardens approximately 1/4 mile; some uneven, paved terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the day with a field trip to Bulloch Hall, a Greek Revival mansion in Roswell, Georgia, built in 1839. It is one of several historically significant buildings in the city and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is where Martha Bulloch Roosevelt, mother of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President, lived as a child. It is also where she married Theodore Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. We’ll have a docent presentation followed by exploring the house. After visiting Bulloch Hall, we will travel to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for lunch at the gardens.

Lunch: At Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Afternoon: Covering more than 30 acres in the heart of the city, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is an island of horticultural delights. In addition to beautifully designed display gardens and woodlands, highlights include a 6,000 square foot orchid center, a conservatory with frequently changing displays, a tropical rotunda, a desert house, an outdoor collection with rose and hydrangea gardens, an edible garden, a children’s garden, a Japanese garden, and much more including water features and sculpture. We’ll have an expert-led exploration followed by independent time to see what you like at your own pace.

Dinner: At a popular local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Two talented jazz musicians will join us to discuss the history of jazz and play selections to enhance their presentation.

High Museum, Free Time, Atlanta Performing Arts
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: On/off motorcoach. Walking at High Museum between three floors; elevators available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: A guest speaker from the Atlanta History Center will give us a presentation on the Civil War, the burning of Atlanta, and the new Atlanta of today. We’ll depart via motorcoach for a field trip to the High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, and now the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. Located in Atlanta’s Midtown arts and business district, the High has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection. The Museum has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. We are privileged to be able to view the private collection of Henry and Rose Pearlman that includes an outstanding selection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by artists such as Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, and Modigliani. Following an introduction by a museum docent, we’ll have a self-directed exploration to see what interests each of us most. We’ll re-group at an appointed time to re-board the motorcoach.

Lunch: We’ll have box lunches with a sandwich, fruit, cookie, and water.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The motorcoach will drop off at Pemberton Place where the World of Coca Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and the museum of the Center for Civil and Human Rights are all located. The motorcoach will pick up at the same spot at 4:30 p.m. Remember that the hotel shuttle will take you to any location within a 2-mile radius, which includes the Atlanta History Center for those who would like to return and have more time exploring the exhibits.

Dinner: At one of the city's premiere Southern restaurants, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: An evening performance will be added as soon as it becomes available.

Presentation, Program Concludes
Atlanta, Georgia

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a final presentation by a guest speaker on topics of current interest. This concludes our program. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in you Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don't forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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