8370
Illinois
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
14 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Springfield, IL
D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

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

Afternoon: During hotel check-in, you will receive an information sheet, “Road Scholar Sunday Agenda,” listing the Registration location, itinerary for the evening, and the evening dinner menu. Program Registration: between 4-4:30 p.m. 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 listening device. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation begins at 4:30 p.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. 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. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected 3-course plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced), water; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Evening: We will complete orientation as needed and will be available for questions.

DAY
2
Lincoln's Early Adult Life, Legal career
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walking day

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Room on the first floor. There is a wide variety of breakfast items.

Morning: Attend a lecture by History Professor John Squibb on the overview of Lincoln's life, his time in Illinois, and the political, social and economic context of Illinois and the US. At 11:00 a.m. we will walk two blocks to the Old State Capitol for a group tour of the State Historic Site to learn about Lincoln as a politician, where he gave his "House Divided" speech and practiced law.

Lunch: Our lunch will be a pre selected box lunch in the Old State Capitol Foundation Hall.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll see a special presentation on women of the period, then have free time to explore downtown Springfield and learn more about the city in Lincoln's time from the Looking for Lincoln storyboards.

Dinner: At 6 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.

DAY
3
New Salem, Lincoln's Tomb, Christianizing Lincoln
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Day on motorcoach

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

Morning: We will travel 25 minutes by bus to New Salem and learn how Lincoln's New Salem was settled, how it influenced Mr. 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 interpretive guide Carol Shafer 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 made cashew chicken salad, potato soup, broccoli salad, and apple nut cake.

Afternoon: Take a short bus ride to visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and family members at the Tomb located in Oak Ridge Cemetary. After seeing the 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: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Learn more of Abraham Lincoln and his family's religious affiliations with ALPLM Illinois State Historian, Sam Wheeler in a lecture on "Christianizing Lincoln: Historical Memory and Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln."

DAY
4
Lincoln's Home, the Lincoln's Church
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walking day in downtown Springfield

Breakfast: Hotel buffet in the Lincoln Room

Morning: Walk 3 blocks for Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a guided tour of his home and 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 a box lunch 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 or the Illinois State Museum.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Evening presentation on "How Women Won the Civil war: the Role Women on Home Front During the American Civil War." You will learn about aid societies, examine a typical comfort box and ask questions to the presenter, Laura Reyman, Civil war re-enactor, retired educator and National Association for Interpretation certified interpreter.

DAY
5
AL Presidential Museum, Old Sate Capitol, Harriet Tubman
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walking day in downtown Springfield. Walk up to 6 blocks; standing and sitting in the Museum and up to 45 minutes for the OSC tour. Benches are available inside 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 a presentation / performance on "Ghosts of the Library" and media program "Lincoln's Eyes" as a group and then you can begin exploring the museum on a self-guided basis through Lincoln's Journey's."

Lunch: At the sandwich shop 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, in the Illinois Gallery, explore a special exhibit to be announced, and view the exhibit, "Lincoln: From History to Hollywood” across the street in Union Station. Another option is to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright designed, Dana-Thomas House; the last tour is 3:50 PM.

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.

DAY
6
Lincoln's Legacy/Departure
Springfield, IL
B

Activity note: At hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The week concludes with a wrap-up lecture on, "Learning Life by Studying Lincoln," by the Curator of the Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We will also hear what is new in the world of Lincoln collecting, new discoveries and take questions. The program concludes at 10:30 a.m. and hotel check-out is at 12 p.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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