Please contact
the hosting organization for directions and info.

Upcoming presentations by
Steve Trimm

March 26--9:30AM       
Center For Creative Retirement, Hudson Valley Community College

Steve steps out of his role as a Grant interpreter  to discuss his uncle Ray Gantter who fought in the battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Nazis Germany and lived to write a remarkable book about his experiences. ( registration required )

April 21--7pm   
Fairport Historical Museum, Fairport NY     
Portrayal of Oliver Clarke, first Grant Cottage caretaker, Union veteran and survivor of Andersonville.

August 9--12:30    
The Georgi On The Battenkill, Shusan NY
"A Visit From General Grant"


Speakers Bureau

Grant Cottage
volunteers and staff offer off-site programs throughout the year spanning a variety of topics related to the Cottage, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Civil War.

David Hubbard
(Davehub [at] aol.com)

  • Virtual Tour of Grant Cottage—a brief history of Mt. McGregor and the cottage in which Grant completed his memoirs in 1885.
  • Baseball and the Civil War—baseball's development and value during the Civil War.
  • Mountain History:  The Sanatorium.  Prior to it becoming the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility, Metropolitan Life Insurance ran a hospital for patients suffering from tuberculosis.  It has a rich history with many personal stories researched by Mr. Hubbard.
  • Life of a Public Building:  History and Architecture of Mt. McGregor

Steve Trimm as Grant
Steve Trimm
(gctourguide [at] gmail.com)

  • History of Grant Cottage
  • Harrison Terrell—Grant's African American Valet who remained within arm's reach to provide care when physicians were not available to the ailing Civil War hero and former president.
  • Sam Willett—former Union soldier from Argyle, N.Y. who served as Grant's bodyguard at the cottage in 1885.
  • Oliver Clarke—the cottage's first caretaker, Civil War veteran and POW at the infamous Anderonville.
  • Suye Narita Gambino—the cottage's 2nd caretaker and a citizen of Japan. She was interned during WWII at Mt McGregor and obtained American citizenship after the war.
  • Charles Wood—Troy businessman who sent Grant $1,500 upon hearing about his bankruptcy. Wood's note to Grant read, "I owe you this for Appomattox."
  • Princess Cantacuzene—Grant's first grandchild, Julia, who married a Russian nobleman and published her recollections of her grandfather.
Steve Trimm also provides historic interpretations of:
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Colonel Frederick Grant, Grant's oldest son
  • Lt. Lawrence Van Alstyne—NY 128th Regiment and officer of the U.S.C.T.

Tom Smith
(tsmith2 (at) nycap.rr.com)

"Ulysses S. Grant:  His Life, His Work, His Death"

Tom's 50-minute presentation covers the life of Grant beginning in 1822 focusing on his later years.  It touches on themes such has his bankruptcy, writing of his memoirs, his disease, and finally his death and funeral services at Grant Cottage.  Accompanied by items from his personal collection including portraits and photos, it is an effective presentation for civic or fraternal organizations and history groups.