Dr. Wyman will make his presentation at 1pm on Saturday, July 26, in the Public Room of the NYS Military Museum and answer questions following the program.
The program is a joint effort on behalf of the NYS Military Museum and Grant Cottage.
Vision of the Hotel Balmoral
Presenter: Stuart Stiles
Cottage used to share the summit of Mount McGregor with the Hotel
Balmoral. This three-story hotel was architecturally stunning, its
grounds extensive and beautiful.
The Balmoral's resort complex, which included an art gallery, nature
trails, three lakes and fabulous views of the Hudson Valley, was simply
elegant. As well, the hotel boasted something technologically magical
called electricity. And if that wasn't enough, the Balmoral had its own
railroad connecting it to Saratoga Springs, ten miles away. It was one
of the hotel's developers, Joseph Drexel, who brought General Grant to
Grant Cottage. Stuart Stiles, whose family has lived at the base of
Mount McGregor since 1773, has researched the Hotel Balmoral in depth
and is the expert on its birth, life and death. Join him for what is bound to be a unique and informative talk.
Flags at Half Staff
Re-enactors, Bagpiper & Vocalist
On August 8th., 1885, General Grant's
body was placed in a tomb in New York City's Riverside Park. 250,000
citizens had viewed his body while it lay in state in City Hall. The
funeral procession from City Hall to Riverside Park took six hours.
Former Confederate generals were among the honorary pall bearers. August
8th. was the day the nation formally paid its respects to the man who,
as soldier and President, helped make the country the United States
again. At Grant Cottage there will be music and song, and re-enactors
will tell us why and how Ulysses S. Grant became the great historical
figure that he did.
Portrayed by: Fred Jones
Terrell was the Grant family's butler and, during the General's
agonizing final year, did as much as the doctors to keep the hero of
Appomattox alive. Ulysses S. Grant and Harrison Terrell were more than
employer and employee. Frederick Jones who has portrayed Frederick
Douglas will tell the story of Harrison Terrell in the first person and
provide a riveting event.
The Significance of Music in the 19th Century
cultures use lyrics and music and the Grant Cottage story is well told
by troubador Tom Smith and storyteller Steve Trimm. Tom and Steve (both tour guides at the Grant Cottage)
will examine music of the 19th century and explain what music meant to
those who lived in that time period (music with which Ulysses S. Grant
would have been familiar).
August 16 & 17
Art Exhibit: NY Nature
Artwork by: Wayne Trimm
McGregor once boasted an art gallery. Grant Cottage caretaker Martha
Clarke was an amateur artist. Professional artists painted images of
Grant Cottage and of the mountain itself. For years before and after
General Grant's stay there, ordinary citizens flocked to Mount McGregor
simply to enjoy its natural beauty.
commemorate Mount McGregor's art history and natural history, a
collection of wildlife paintings by Wayne Trimm will be displayed on the
Grant Cottage porch the weekend of August 16th. & 17th.
Mr. Trimm was trained in science and in
art. For 30 years he was art editor of New York's award-winning
Conservationist Magazine. His paintings of our region's birds, animals
and plants are not only scientifically accurate, they are things of
great beauty. August 16th. will be Mr. Trimm's 92nd. birthday. Meet and greet the artist ( and wish him a happy birthday! ) between 1 & 2PM on the 16th.
Fashion 'n Fair
Tea, Raffle, and Civil War Nurse Mary Livermore portrayed by Maxine Getty
For over two decades, Maxine Getty has researched women who participated in the Civil ar.
Her accurate portrayal of Mary Livermore (writer, nurse, and manager of
the Sanitary Commission in the western states) provides the story of
efforts to provide food, clothing, and medical supplies to soldiers in
the field. The women of the Sanitary Commission raised large sums of
money to support the war and were early examples of patriotic
consumerism. Prior to Mrs. Getty's presentation as Mary Livermore,
visitors may enjoy a glass of Julia Grant's punch and try on period
reproduction hats and paraphernalia. Reservations are recommended.
Program cost is $10.
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Cottage tours are at their regular fee.
Farewell General Grant: Stories of Love, Support, and Ambition (1884-1885)
On March 1, 1885, America and the world learned that internationally renowned Civil War General and former U.S. President, Ulysses S. Grant, was dying of throat cancer.
Grant had been financially ruined in the 19th Century's most infamous
Ponzi scheme in 1884. A concerned and sympathetic public watched his
race with death to complete his memoirs. If completed, they would provide a stable income for his suddenly impoverished family.
In the setting of Grant
Cottage, 1907, the drama, tragedy and eventual triumph of 1884-1885
comes to life through a collection of Grant stories told in the person
of Martha Josephine Kelsey Clarke, Grant Cottage caretaker, portrayed by
Melissa Trombley-Prosch. Reenactors portraying Martha's niece,
Christine Curtiss, and brother, (Joseph) Samuel Kelsey, will also
participate in the program.
Refreshments using vintage recipes will be served.
Grant's Birthday at Delmonico's
years after General Grant's death, a movement was afoot to have his
birthday declared a national holiday. On April 27, 1888, a roomful of
Grant admirers gathered at the renowned Delmonico's Banquet House in New
York City to promote the cause. Those admirers, including former Union
and Confederate generals, spoke of their love and respect for Ulysses S.
Grant. Transcripts of their speeches have survived and today's Porch
Chat is taken directly from those transcripts. Today's talk will be
presented by Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm and by his brother,
the well-known regional theater actor Tracy Trimm.
September 13, 7:00pm and September 14, 3:00pm
Sunset on Mount McGregor
Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant were friends. But when Tited
the General at Grant Cottage, he came as an editor assisting an author.
Twain was going to publish Grant's Memoirs and he wanted the book to be
perfect. His visit in June, 1885, therefore, was a business trip. When Twain left, he did not realize that he would never see his friend
alive again. " Sunset On Mount McGregor" brings Grant and Twain
together one last time and gives them the opportunity to put into words
thoughts and feelings they did not express in June, 1885. The greatest military man and the greatest writer of their age will look back on
their eventful lives and distill the lessons learned from surviving
their country's darkest, most tragic and, paradoxically, most
" Sunset On Mount McGregor " is an original, multi-media theater event. Its producer is John
Quinn. Mark Twain is portrayed by acclaimed Twain impersonator Don
Coons. General Grant is portrayed by Grant Cottage tour guide Steve
The performance will include live music and song by the 77th. Regimental Balladeers. Tickets are $10.
Special note: There will be an evening walk to the Overlook as part
of the performance. Those who feel may not be physically capable will
have the opportunity to remain at the tent for a special presentation.
Tours on September 14th will end at 2pm due to the performance
Unknown Museums of Upstate New York
Presented by: Chuck D'Imperio, Author
"Grant Cottage is one of the most poignant places I have ever visited." So wrote Chuck D'Imperio in his book Unknown Museums Of Upstate New York.
The Cottage was the last of fifty pilgrimages the author made to
museums and historic sites that deserve more public attention. From the
Abolition Hall of Fame to the Kazoo Museum to the Catskill Fly Fishing
Museum to the National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor, there are virtually
unknown collections, archives and exhibits across upstate New York that
appeal to everyone from the whimsically minded to the serious scholar
and history buff. The Syracuse University Press published Mr.
D'Imperio's unique travelogue in 2013. A well known radio personality
based in Oneonta and a talented writer, Mr. D'Imperio is also a most
entertaining speaker. If you're interested in day trips to unusual and
intriguing places, don't miss Chuck's talk.