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The Civil War Event, May 22-26 in Washington, DC

Ken Burns American JourneysThe first of many enriching, educational, and most of all fun travel experiences created with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns! With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, what better place to understand who we are as a nation than Washington, DC. And what better way to understand this pivotal event than through the eyes of the storyteller who is one of the foremost authorities on the subject.

Spend five days in Washington, DC, featuring in-depth, small-group sightseeing programs where you get the benefit of understanding the complexities of the conflict from the unique perspective of Ken Burns, with evenings at three Private Gala Events:

  • An after-hours gathering at the National Archives featuring an exclusive keynote address by Ken Burns followed by an opportunity to speak with him at an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail party
  • A lecture by noted Civil War historian and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer at a private evening at the National Building Museum, featuring dinner and a Civil War-era dance performance
  • Wine and dine in the grand “Great Hall” of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (where President Lincoln’s second inaugural ball took place) following a reception and private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery


Highlights of the small-group sightseeing tracks include:

  • An exclusive tour of Lincoln’s Cottage with the museum director
  • A tour of Ford’s Theatre
  • A tour of the Library of Congress and the new Civil War Photo exhibit
  • A ranger-led tour through the Frederick Douglass House
  • U Street walking tour
  • Tour of the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
  • Manassas Battlefield, Ben Lomond House and historic Occoquan
  • A visit to Arlington House


Accommodations include four of the most prestigious addresses in Washington, DC: The St. Regis Washington, DC; The Willard InterContinental; The Hay-Adams; and The Fairfax at Embassy Row.

Read all about it on our latest e-brochure, The Civil War.




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