8370
Springfield
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
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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, Courthouse, Lincoln Museum
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Travel on motor coach. Walking the equivalent of approximately 1 block to courthouse, then a set of stairs to enter the courthouse then another set of stairs to the 2nd floor for the program; both stair have handrails and courthouse has no elevator or ramp access. Seating available for courthouse program. Some standing in the Lincoln Heritage Museum for up to 30 minutes.

Breakfast: In the hotels private dining room, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a rotating selection of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meats, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, and toast, plus coffee (regular/decaf), tea (hot/cold), milk, juices, water.

Morning: At 9 a.m., attend a lecture by a local history professor on the overview of Lincoln’s life, his time in Illinois, and the political, social and economic context of Illinois and the United States. At 11:30 a.m. we will take the motor coach and see the landscape of Central Illinois on the 30 minute drive north of Springfield for lunch in the small town of Elkhart, Illinois. Along the way we will follow parts of Old Route 66 and drive over the Sangamon River which was instrumental in Lincoln coming to live in New Salem and Springfield.

Lunch: We will eat at noon at a unique café in the small town of Elkhart, Illinois and is a choice of 2 items and 2 desserts.

Afternoon: We will travel 30 minutes to another small town of Mt. Pulaski and pass by Elkhart Hill (the tallest point between Chicago and St. Louis), learn about the Edwards Trace trail, coal mining and see the vastness of the farmland and former prairie that Lincoln and others travelled through while on the 8th Judicial Circuit. We will visit Mt. Pulaski Courthouse which is one of two remaining courthouses that Lincoln worked in while on the circuit and hear a storyteller talk about Lincoln and his time on the circuit. We will head to Lincoln, Illinois and visit the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College and learn how the town and college came to be named and in the museum we will learn about some artifacts from their collection.

Dinner: At 6 p.m., we will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group.

Evening: At 7 p.m.: After traveling part of the 8th Judicial Circuit today, we will see a presentation on "Lincoln and the 8th Judicial Circuit" by a local historian and expert on Abraham Lincoln's signature and learn more about Lincoln's legal and political careers and his friends and experiences on the circuit.

DAY
3
Lincoln Home, Mary Lincoln, Church Pew, Lincoln's religion
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Walking day. Walk 3 blocks to Lincoln Home from the hotel; visit the Lincoln Home with standing for 40 minutes; there is no elevator access to the 2nd floor but there is an outdoor lift to the 1st floor. Walking approximately 6 city blocks while at the Lincoln Home. Walk 1.5 blocks to the church and then 2 blocks to the hotel.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Walk 3 blocks to Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a guided tour of his home and see his neighborhood of 17 years. See the movie, "Journey to Greatness," exhibits in the Visitor Center and a special presentation on Mary Lincoln by a local presenter.

Lunch: We will have box lunches from a local restaurant and includes a half sandwich, salad, chips, and cookie. There will be a choice from 3 sandwiches and 2 salads.

Afternoon: Visit First Presbyterian Church and learn of the church's connections to the Lincoln family including their pew and copies of historic documents. Take the afternoon for independent exploration of Springfield. Several options in the downtown area to experience include: •Walk in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site neighborhood and view indoor and outdoor exhibits •Visit the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum •Walk in the historic downtown Springfield area •Visit the Illinois State Capitol, the Illinois State Museum or the Governor’s Mansion.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

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

DAY
4
New Salem, AL Tomb, bus tour, Presidential election of 1860
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Travel on motor coach. New Salem has 3/4 miles of paved walks & uneven steps into cabins with some benches along the walk. Standing up to 30 minutes at the Tomb.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will travel 30 minutes to Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site and learn how the village of New Salem was settled, how it influenced Abraham Lincoln and how it was restored. View the movie, "Turning Point" and Visitor Center exhibits on the sites history and artifacts. Walk through the village that Lincoln knew as a young adult with retired interpretive guide and subject matter expert and "go to school" with school master Mentor Graham.

Lunch: We will have lunch at a café in the small town in Salisbury, Illinois. The lunch is a pre-selected group tour lunch of home made cashew chicken salad, potato soup, broccoli salad, and apple nut cake.

Afternoon: Visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and family members at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site for a guided tour of the tomb and monument. It is located in the city operated Oak Ridge Cemetery which is the second most visited cemetery in the country. Can you name the most visited one? After seeing Lincoln's Tomb we will take a short tour of downtown Springfield by bus and see historic sites, the state capitol complex buildings, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Governor’s Mansion and the house of poet Vachel Lindsay to name a few.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: The evening presentation is on "The Election of 1860" by a LLCC History Professor and he will describe the mood and issues of the country leading up to the presidential election, discuss what the political atmosphere was like, who was running for the office and how Lincoln won the United States presidential election of 1860.

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. Other options include: a Road Scholar group tour of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site to learn about Lincoln as a politician, where he gave his "House Divided" speech and practiced law OR tour the historic site on your own through 5 PM. •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!