Civil War Seminars & Tours, based in Chambersburg, will present a special engagement all about Abraham Lincoln from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27. Come out for the whole weekend package, which includes knowledgeable guides, expert historian speakers, and tours that take you back through history, a very different world in which our 16th president of the United States faced many challenges.
Early registration begins at the Hampton Inn, located at 955 Lesher Road in Chambersburg on Thursday, Sept. 24, between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Please note that each guest is individually responsible for booking his or her own accommodation, as hotel pricing is not included in the seminar tour cost. Rates go for $90 a night/double occupancy, plus tax. When making arrangements be sure to inform the desk that you are part of the Civil War Seminar and Tour group. You may book online on the Hampton Inn’s website or by calling 717-261-9185.
You may choose to start your weekend early on Thursday with an optional tour event titled “Mr. Lincoln’s Army at Gettysburg.” This tour is an all-day affair, taking place between 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It includes both bus touring as well as walking with expert guide Ed Bearss. Sites you will visit include: McPherson’s Ridge, Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill, Little Round Top, and others. A buffet lunch will be served at the Dobbin House, and dinner will be on your own. The official weekend package begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening with a seminar titled “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation,” presented by Dan Vermilya.
Wake up to breakfast at Hampton, served between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and then join in on the sessions happening onsite between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Topics presented are to include: “Lincoln and His Cabinet,” by Joe Mieczkowski and “Lincoln’s Bodyguard,” by Bob O’Connor. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Following this, onsite sessions will continue through 5:30 p.m. and include: “’There is No Fail Here,’—Lincoln at Gettysburg” by John Fitzpatrick, “Lincoln’s Treasures in the National Civil War Museum,” with Wayne Motts, and “Anomalies and Ironies Surrounding the Assassination,” with Bob Allen. Dinner will be on your own from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and then the sessions will continue from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with “Lincoln, Myths, and Hoaxes,” a panel discussion with Ed Steers and others.
After breakfast on Saturday morning, you’re in for a daylong tour—the “John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour,” to be exact. Arrive early as this tour gets started at 7 a.m. and will last through 9 p.m. Lunch and dinner are both included. Hop on the bus with Ed Bearss and Bob Allen for a trek that will take you the whole route Booth took, from Washington, DC to Virginia. Sites include: Ford’s Theatre, Surratt Tavern, Dr. Mudd’s House, and other points of interest.
On Sunday, sessions will continue at the Hampton between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The topic for the first session is “Abraham Lincoln: A Nation Mourns,” in which guests will learn all about the 20-day mourning period and legacy of the president’s death, back then and how it still affects people now. Then, in a premier event, you will get to see James Getty, renowned Lincoln portrayer lead “Portraying Lincoln, a 32 Year Journey.” You can view all the scheduled events in detail by clicking here.
Civil War Seminars & Tours is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, co-founded by Ted Alexander. The mission is to deliver comprehensive, educational seminars and tours that keep the interest of all attendees and are led by expert historians. You can learn more about this and other seminar touring events by visiting the main website.