The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Learn about Lincoln’s legacy as you explore his home and significant sites in his life and political career. Meet engaging interpreters along the way who bring history to life.
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Program No. 8370RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Dinner, Orientation
Springfield, IL
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

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

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. When you get your room assignment from the hotel staff you will receive an information sheet on the "Road Scholar Sunday Agenda," listing the meeting room location, itinerary for the evening, and the evening dinner menu. Between 4:30-5:00 p.m., check in with the program staff and join us for a "meet and greet" in the meeting room. At 5:00 p.m. the group leader will welcome everyone and give an introduction to the Springfield area.

Dinner: In our private meeting room, we’ll enjoy a pre-selected 3-course plated meal plus hot tea, coffee, and water; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Evening: The group leader will begin orientation by distributing and reviewing the use of listening devices. We will ask everyone to make a brief introduction to the group, then review a folder of materials that includes an up-to-date program schedule with any changes, a map of downtown sites, emergency procedures and medical resources, and menus for meals during the week. We encourage your questions and will address your individual concerns after the meeting.

Lincoln's Early Adult Life, Legal Career
Springfield, IL
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walk up to 6 blocks to and from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and to the OSC and stand for tour up to 45 minutes.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 7:00 a.m. in the Lincoln Room on the first floor. There is a wide variety of breakfast items.

Morning: We will walk 3.5 blocks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, where Dr. Samuel Wheeler, State Historian of Illinois and Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at ALPLM, will discuss Lincoln’s place in the popular imagination as well as Abraham Lincoln's World 1809-1830. There is more written about Lincoln than any other American, politicians from all political parties claim him as their own, and advertisers use his image to sell everything from automobiles and insurance to hamburgers and sleeping aids. Why, after 200 years, does Lincoln still resonate with cultures all over the world? There will be a 15 minute break and then we will enjoy another lecture, “From a Log Cabin to the White House.” In addition to saving the Union and ending the 250-year institution of slavery, Abraham Lincoln was also a son, husband, father, and friend. During this presentation, both the public and private Lincoln will be examined, as well as the country he called home.

Lunch: Our lunch will be a pre selected box lunch at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Afternoon: After lunch we will be seeing “Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.” The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s “Lincoln Collection” is home to more than 52,000 items related to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. More than 100 of those items are on display in the museum at any time, but the rest of them are safely stored in the library’s climate controlled vault. During this once-in-a-lifetime presentation, ALPLM staff will bring some of those items out of storage and share their stories with you during this behind-the-scenes presentation. No flash photography please! At 2:00 p.m. we will walk two blocks to the Old State Capitol State Historic Site where we'll learn about it's fascinating renovation and restoration as well as it's lengthy connections with Abraham Lincoln. See where he gave his "House Divided" speech, was a well-known political figure, a successful lawyer, president-elect and where he laid in state before his burial in Springfield. We'll learn about the great political rivalry between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas and the many times they opposed each other in this building. The remainder of the afternoon will be free time to explore downtown Springfield and learn more about the city in Lincoln's time from the Looking for Lincoln storyboards.

Dinner: At 5:45 p.m. we will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group.

Evening: After learning about Lincoln's time in Springfield we will see a presentation by John Lupton on "Lincoln and the 8th Judicial Circuit" and learn more about Lincoln's legal and political careers and his friends and experiences on the circuit.

New Salem, Lincoln's Tomb, Free Evening
Springfield, IL
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: We will ride motor coach to several historic sites but will walk gravel paths and access uneven steps into cabins at New Salem.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet in Lincoln Room on first floor.

Morning: We will travel 25 minutes by bus to New Salem State Historic Site and learn how Lincoln's New Salem was settled, how it influenced Abraham Lincoln and how it was restored. View the movie "Turning Point" and exhibits. Walk through the village that Lincoln knew as a young adult with a local interpretive guide and learn about blab school.

Lunch: We will have lunch at the Morning Star Café in Salisbury. Lunch is a pre-selected group tour lunch with home made cashew chicken salad, potato soup, broccoli salad, and apple nut cake.

Afternoon: Take a short bus ride to visit Edwards Place. Built in 1833 and remodeled in 1857, Edwards Place is a historic house museum that tells the story of social and domestic life in Abraham Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois. Newly restored (2015) to its antebellum glory, this Italianate mansion was one a center for social activity in Springfield. Prominent citizens and politicians such as Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, David Davis, and numerous governors, judges, lawyers, and politicians were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Edwards Place was the home of attorney Benjamin Edwards, youngest son of Governor Ninian Edwards and brother-in-law of Mary Lincoln’s sister Elizabeth. Although the Lincolns did not court or marry here, Edwards Place is currently home to the "courting couch" on which Lincoln and Mary Todd sat during the early days of their romance, originally the property of Ninian Edwards. From Edwards Place we will visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and family members at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site located in Oak Ridge Cemetery. After seeing Lincoln's Tomb we will travel throughout downtown Springfield by bus and see the state capitol complex, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Governor’s Mansion and the house of poet Vachel Lindsay.

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. Try a "local favorite' as many restaurants serve the Springfield original "horseshoe" which has nothing to do with pitching horseshoes. A piece of advice, unless you are very hungry, ask for a "ponyshoe."

Evening: Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. We will keep you advised on any special events or programs.

Lincoln Home, the Lincolns' Church
Springfield, IL
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walking day in downtown Springfield. There is no elevator access to the second floor of Lincoln's home.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet in the Lincoln Room.

Morning: Walk 3 blocks to Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a guided tour of his home and see the neighborhood he called home for 17 years. See the movie, "Journey to Greatness" and exhibits in the Visitor Center. Visit First Presbyterian Church and learn of the church's connections to the Lincoln family including their pew and copies of historic documents.

Lunch: We will have box lunches from Panera Bread.

Afternoon: Presentation by Mary Wheeler, Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College, on Mary Lincoln. There is free time this afternoon to visit the Lincoln Home neighborhood, Illinois State Capitol, Illinois State Museum, or the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana Thomas House.

Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group.

Evening: We will hear a presentation from Larry Werline who impersonates General U.S. Grant.

Presidential Museum, Harriet Tubman
Springfield, IL
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walk up to 6 blocks to and from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with standing and sitting in the museum as desired; benches are available throughout the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will walk 3.5 blocks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and discover how the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum went from a concept to a world-class facility by a former Deputy Director that has been a part of the process from the beginning. We will then walk across the street to the Presidential Museum and see two major media programs, "Ghosts of the Library" and "Lincoln's Eyes," and then you can begin exploring the museum on a self-guided basis through "Lincoln's Journey's."

Lunch: We will have a box lunch at the sandwich shop located inside the Museum. Lunch includes a choice of 4 kinds of sandwiches, chips, cookie and a self serve soft drink.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity for continuing personal independent exploration of the museum or other places to see and do what interests you most. See rarely displayed artifacts in the Treasures Gallery; explore a special exhibits; or visit the Lincoln Depot where exhibits and a short film show Lincoln leaving Springfield. Special Museum Exhibits: In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII. There were no bystanders during World War II - the Americans people were "all in." This exhibit will let those who experienced the war tell their amazing stories through oral history, artifacts, and original poster art. All Aboard! The first floor of the Union Station provides the backdrop for the display. Working in partnership with the Springfield Model Railroad Association, a working model railroad brings to life the construction of the rail line and the significance of connecting the United States via rail. Scale models will depict advancements in U.S. railroad technology since then and will display the impact of railways throughout America's History.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Tonight's special program is "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" by subject matter expert and former Library Services Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Lincoln's Legacy/Departure
Springfield, IL

Activity note: Sitting for presentation in a hotel room.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The week concludes with a wrap-up lecture from our State Historian, Dr. Samuel Wheeler. The program concludes at 10:30 a.m. and hotel check-out is at 11 a.m. 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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