Gettysburg: Where Modern America Began October 17-21, 2016

Over three bloody days in July 1863, our national ideals were forged in this small Pennsylvania town, then given expression by Abraham Lincoln in America’s most important speech. This trip, led by Jerry Podair, Lawrence University professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies, and Christopher Oakley '85 will include an in-depth tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, a discussion of the Gettysburg Address on the spot where Lincoln delivered it, and a classroom session on the tantalizing historical “might-have-beens” that forever haunt this battle. We’ll also visit the Eisenhower Farm, where our 34th president lived in retirement, and take a special side trip to the site of the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Join us as we explore the ground upon which modern America was born.

The cost is $895 per person, double occupancy; $1,195 single occupancy.  Transportation to and from Gettysburg is not included.

Trip Itinerary:  Gettysburg Trip Itinerary.pdf

For more information please contact Mark Breseman at or 920-419-6675.

San Juan Islands Aug. 23–27, 2016

This trip is FULL and we are now generating a waiting list. Please contact Matt Baumler if you want to be added to the waiting list or have any questions:; 920-832-6556.

Join Dennis and Charlot Nelson Singleton Professor of Biological Sciences
Bart De Stasio ’82, Zodiac crewmember Dana Raugi ’06, and other Lawrence alumni for the trip of a lifetime, exploring the magnificent waters of the San Juan Islands aboard the historic Schooner Zodiac!

Sailing the Zodiac is an experience like none other.  We’ll spend five blissful days learning to sail following the wind and the currents, and if we’re lucky, maybe some whales too.  Guests are encouraged to pitch in to raise Zodiac’s 7000 square feet of sails, help with sailing maneuvers, and take a turn at the helm, all under the guidance of the Zodiac’s experienced captain and crew.  While wind will guide our sails, marine biology will guide many of our experiences, including the opportunity to learn about local underwater environments using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).  Each evening, we’ll pick a secluded bay and drop the anchor. Optional shore excursions may include touring a picturesque lighthouse, tasting artisan beers, wines, or chocolates, hiking, and playing in tide-pools.  Or make use of Zodiac’s kayaks or sailing dinghy while the sea lions and harbor seals look on in curiosity.  Swap stories from your time at Lawrence or compare notes from the day’s sailing over a delicious meal as the sun sinks behind the Olympic Mountains, then retire to your cozy bunk or stateroom.  While wind will guide our sails, marine biology will guide many of our experiences

Wind will never feel the same.


Click below for additional information, itinerary and registration form.

San Juan Islands 2016.pdf


For further information please contact:
Matt Baumler
Director of Alumni and Constituency Engagement
Lawrence University
Phone: (920) 832-6556    

Upcoming Trips

  • San Juan Islands Aug. 23–27, 2016
  • Gettysburg Oct. 17–21, 2016

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