Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain and the Civil War
Lewis and Clark noted St. Charles as the last “civilized” stop on their journey of Westward Expansion. Explore this historic setting on an in-depth adventure of learning and discovery.
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Program Welcome and Orientation at 4:30P.M.
St Charles, MO
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Meet in breakfast room of hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:45 pm in breakfast area of the hotel.

Evening: Lecture on "Meriwether Lewis--A Different Perspective" by Jesse Francis, Curator from Faust Park.

White Haven/Jefferson Barracks
St Charles, MO
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walking and standing required at both museums.

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Visit White Haven, one of Julia and Ulysses Grant's homes. This National Historic Site encompasses nearly 10 acres of the 10,000-acre plantation that was the childhood home to the couple. The site allows you to experience 19th-century country life first-hand. The on-site museum looks at Grant from a unique perspective introducing visitors to Ulysses, Julia, and the people who lived at the plantation as individuals. It presents White Haven as a microcosm of the issues that faced the nation in the mid 19th-century.

Lunch: Lunch on the road at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Jefferson Barracks was the first permanent military installation to be located west of the Mississippi River and was established in 1826 to provide support for smaller forts on the upper reaches of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will visit the park and enjoy a lecture on spy codes and medicine during the Civil War. We will then visit the Newly renovated Missouri Civil War museum located in the barracks. In June 2013, the Museum opened its doors as the premier Civil War museum in the state. The Museum has two floors of exhibits and galleries which highlight the topics in regard to the role of Missouri in the war. You will see original uniforms, weapons, photos, equipment and much more. The exhibits bring history to life and tell the story of the part that Missouri played. Catch a short film about the Civil War and then spend time to view the museum on your own.

Dinner: Enjoy a catered dinner at our host college, St. Charles Community College.

Evening: Professor Debra Crank-Lewis has been a part of the Road Scholar program since 1992, presenting over 80 times. You will listen to her expert pre-Lewis and Clark lecture on "Setting the Stage -- The Louisiana Purchase and Corps of Discovery".

Old Courthouse/Gateway Arch/Campbell House/Lecture
St Charles, MO
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: 35 steps to court reenactment in Old Courthouse (no elevator available due to historic nature of facility); walking down paved path and steps required to reach Gateway Arch. Steps and standing required at Campbell House Museum

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Experience a significant part of U.S. history during a visit to the Old Courthouse, built between 1839 and 1862. The Courthouse is the site where an enslaved husband and wife, Dred and Harriet Scott, sued for their freedom, and Virginia Minor sued for a woman's right to vote in 1872. Embrace history in restored courtrooms and view exhibits and murals depicting historic events. A Ranger will give you a brief history and tour of the Court House. Then you will have the opportunity to relive the Dred Scott court case in a reenactment where you become judge and jury.

Lunch: Lunch at Square One Brewery in Historic Lafayette Park. This redeveloped area of St. Louis is known for its' beautiful neighborhood park and Victorian "Painted Lady" houses. Y

Afternoon: Step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs. As you walk to the arch this afternoon, you can stop at the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son. The Arch is a national monument built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. Travel to the top of this 630-foot-high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois. The museum of Westward Expansion will unfortunately be closed due to renovations, but we will visit an equally fascinating museum later in the week instead of this museum.

Dinner: Dinner in route to the hotel at Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Evening: We will have a lecture on "Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri", by author Jim Erwin, immediately following dinner.

Camp Dubois/Historic St. Charles/Lewis and Clark Boathouse
St Charles, MO
Country Inn & Suites

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Buffet Breakfast.

Morning: We will begin the morning with a trip to Illinois to visit the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, Camp Dubois. We will enter the world of Lewis and Clark and envision their journey through explorations at the museum. Enjoy interpreter led visits to the Settler's Cabin and full-scale replica of the 1803-04 winter camp of Lewis and Clark.

Lunch: Lunch at local winery on Main Street in St. Charles.

Afternoon: The afternoon will start with a step-on tour of Main Street in St. Charles. Learn about St. Charles as it was during the time of Lewis and Clark. We will return to the hotel for drop-off and an afternoon of your own leisure.

Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight.

Evening: No evening program.

Hannibal - boyhood home to Mark Twain/Riverboat Ride
St Charles, MO
Country Inn & Suites

Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel buffet before trip to Hannibal, MO.

Morning: All day field study in Hannibal, MO to study Mark Twain. This is a 2 hour ride each way. We will take restroom breaks in transit. Begin by visiting Mark Twain's boyhood home (expect to meet two special visitors!) Travel down the street to the Mark Twain Museum to hear a lecture by Henry Sweets, curator of the museum, on "The Softer Side of Twain". In this museum, you can also view a collection of original Norman Rockwell Paintings.

Lunch: Mark Twain Riverboat - Enjoy lunch while cruising on Old Man River. (If you any reason Riverboat cannot cruise, we do an alternate lunch and visit Mark Twain's Cave).

Afternoon: Explore on your own. Opportunities to visit the Hannibal Museum, Norman Rockwell paintings at the museum, the Becky Thatcher ice cream parlor and bookstore, or shop the unique shops in Hannibal.

Dinner: Dinner in St. Charles at the Mother in Law House.

Evening: Come to the Breakfast Room and take on all challengers at Trivia Night! Topics will include Mark Twain, Lewis & Clark, and the Civil War, and maybe some bonus questions about St. Louis,

Lewis and Clark Boathouse Museum
St Charles, MO

Activity note: Short walk across the parking lot to the River.

Breakfast: Country Inn and Suites Buffet Breakfast.

Morning: We will take a short ride to the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center to hear a lecture on the Lewis and Clark expedition and view replicas of the Keel Boat and the red and white pirogues. The program will conclude after visiting the museum.

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