Summer Trip to France with Ron Silver – WWI and WWII – Families Welcome!
“Lafayette, we are here.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “Retreat, Hell, we just got here.” Winterim leader Ron Silver and Director of Winterim Christina Meyerhoff will lead a trip to France, following the footsteps of the doughboys and G.I.s who fought in WWI, WWII and the “Lost Generation” in Paris between the wars. Starting with WWI, we will visit Belleau Wood where the Marines threw back the German armies of the real General Ludendorff without the help of Wonder Woman. We will spend one day in the Argonne Forest where pacifist Alvin York became a legendary American hero, and then we will visit Verdun, site of one of the largest battles of the war where French and German soldiers struggled with the horrific toll of modern war. In Verdun, we will have the rare opportunity to explore subterranean tunnels and mines where they also waged underground war.
We return to the Normandy beaches as America had to return to fight in France again, absorbing the courage and chaos of Omaha Beach, be astounded by “the boys of Pt. Du Hoc” and learn how the Airborne led the way at St. Mere Eglise. We’ll follow Patton’s armored breakout and learn how a young man from Portland, sitting on top of a hill with a radio, stopped the Nazi counter-offensive. Next, back to Paris! We will spend several days in Paris hanging out with the spirits of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and others who became known as the lost generation. Other highlights will be to tour UNESCO world heritage site Mt. St. Michel, and the school classroom in Reims where the Nazi war machine unconditionally surrendered, ending the war in Europe.
Dates: June 19 to July 2
Cost: $3100 not including airfare or dinners. Register online by clicking the REGISTER HERE BUTTON below to make an account for each participant. Adult participants will need to make an account by clicking “Add Student” and click “Adult” under “Current Grade Level.” A $1000 non-refundable deposit per person is required to hold your spot. Registration must be completed by March 5th. If the minimum number of participants (16) has not registered by March 5, the full deposit will be returned.
In an effort to accommodate family summer travel plans, the trip group will meet in Paris on June 20. 10th-12th grade students traveling without a parent are welcome on the trip and will travel from Portland with the trip leaders, flying into and out of Paris. Families will be free to have dinners on their own, and students traveling without parents will spend evenings together with the trip leaders.
Ron Silver has been leading Winterim history focused trips for OES for the last 10 years. Ron retired after a 33 year career as an Assistant United States Attorney. His passion is making history come alive by immersing students in the places where history happens. He has led Civil Rights history trips to Alabama and Mississippi, and Civil War trips to Manassas, Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. Ron regularly lectures and teaches throughout Oregon and Washington. He toured Normandy for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day and has recently visited several WWI battlefields where the American Expeditionary Forces fought under General Pershing.