4747
Gettysburg
Intergenerational Gettysburg: Civilians, Soldiers and Stories
Relive one of our nation’s most defining moments as you and your grandchild discover The Battle of Gettysburg, experiencing the museums, monuments and culture of this historic site.
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Program No. 4747RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
D
Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Activity 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 Group Leader or Site Coordinator 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. As a special feature of this program, we’ll also have a dedicated Grandkids Group Leader for selected activities while the adults have some “down” time.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, dinner is a plated meal with appetizer (soup or salad), entrée (plus a grandkid friendly option), and dessert, plus coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: “Meet” General and Mrs. Lee. Question and answer time with our historical reenactors will follow.

DAY
2
Visitors Center,Cyclorama, The Battle: Day 1 & Field Trip
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Activity 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 to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. We’ll view a short film, "A New Birth Of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, and explore the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, one of the few remaining cycloramas in the U.S., that depicts the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. You’ll have time on your own to see the museum gallery with its extensive collection of artifacts and relics found at Gettysburg and other prominent Civil War battlefields. We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

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. We’ll return to the hotel after the field trip when the grandkids will have some activities with their Group Leader while the adults have some “down” time.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: To see how Hollywood deals with history, we’ll view the first half of the 1993 movie "Gettysburg" based on the novel “The Killer Angels.”

DAY
3
The Battle: Day 2 & Field Trip, Civil War Era Clothing
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

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.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: The grandkids will meet with their Group Leader for activities together. Later in the afternoon, we’ll all gather for a session with a local expert to learn how the average person dressed during the Civil War and see the kinds of clothing worn by soldiers, civilians, doctors, and others 150 years ago.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: We’ll view the second half of the movie "Gettysburg.”

DAY
4
Pickett’s Charge Reenactment, Civil War Field Hospital Visit
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Today we’ll reenact one of the most famous moments in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge. General Lee’s strategy and tactics had given the Confederates early advantages, but he had been unsuccessful in breaking Union lines. About 2:30 on the afternoon of July 3, there was one more major Confederate assault, now commonly known as Pickett’s charge, that pierced the Union line temporarily, but was thrown back with massive loss of life. We’ll follow in the steps of Confederate soldiers and march the length of the mile long charge. Each of us will take on the identity and battlefield discipline of a Southern soldier, focusing on their life and sacrifice. Find out what happens to you during and after the third days fighting and Pickett’s charge. By role-playing the soldiers in one regiment involved in the infantry assault, gain a greater appreciation for the intensity of battle and the importance of Gettysburg in American history.

Lunch: On the Battlefield (weather permitting), we’ll have a box lunch.

Afternoon: To understand the dramatic effects of war on the soldiers and civilians, we will visit a Civil War hospital back out on the battlefield. Become a Civil War Doctor, learning how to care for injured and sick soldiers. Learn about common illnesses and their symptoms, and the medical procedures doctors had to follow. Witness the duties of a civil war doctor including an example surgical procedure.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: We’ll gather around a campfire on the hotel grounds for ghost stories with a local historian.

DAY
5
The Battle: Day 3 & Field Trip, Cemetery Hill, Folk Music
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,D
Aspire Gettysburg Hotel and Suites

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles; standing up to 2 hours; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Note: Walking approximately 2 miles; standing up to 2 hours; uneven terrain.

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. Following our classroom discussion, we'll venture out to visit the day's corresponding sites on the Battlefield. We’ll end with a walk through Cemetery Hill, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery. Following our field trip, we’ll return to the hotel.

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: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do more of what interests you most. You might like to explore the town of Gettysburg or the Military National Park. Before dinner, the grandkids will have a final session with their Group Leader for mini-golf. The adults will have a social with appetizers and punch; other beverages available for purchase.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a locally 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. Instruments that could have been used during that era will be handed out for all of the grandkids to participate.

DAY
6
Shriver House Museum, Program Concludes
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B

Activity note: Check-out of the hotel following breakfast. Belongings can be stored at the Front Desk or in the classroom.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: 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 1, 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.

Lunch: 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!