Full Day Event Falls on the 130th Anniversary of the General's Death
ST. LOUIS, MO. July 15, 2015. The second annual U. S. Grant Symposium will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.
The event is presented by the Missouri History Museum in cooperation with the U. S. Grant Trail initiative of Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, with additional funding by the Missouri Humanities Council. The Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks, Bellefontaine Cemetery, the Campbell House Museum and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in Affton are co-sponsors of the event. Speaker lodging is provided by the Westin St. Louis Hotel.
"This is the only event in the nation this year to honor Ulysses Grant on the day of Grant's death in 1885," according to Greg Wolk, Executive Director of Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, and one of the presenters on July 23. This year's event is a continuation of Missouri's efforts to highlight Grant's deep roots in Missouri, Wolk added.
Speakers also include Tim Good, Superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, and Andy Hahn, Executive Director of the Campbell House Museum in downtown St. Louis. The Symposium features a theatrical performance by Pete Grady of Marshalltown, Iowa, The performance, which begins at 1:00 p.m., is called "Unconditional Surrender: An Afternoon with President Grant," and is a production of the Marshalltown Community Theater. Pete Grady has toured Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota with his one-man show. The July 23 event will mark his first performance in Missouri.
A full description of events can be found at mohistory.org/node/56797 or at mocivilwar.org/symposium2015/.