Oliver Clarke was the first Grant Cottage caretaker. Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm will portray this unsung hero and, using the sergeant’s fifty-page handwritten memoir as a script, tell Oliver’s story in his own words.
Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How Did Middle Class Farmers in Revolutionary War New York Interact with Slavery?
Usually considered a southern issue, slavery played a surprising role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Presenter Travis Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.
Come to Mount McGregor to be Cured: The Story of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Tuberculosis Sanatorium
Dave Hubbard, Grant Cottage’s Visitor Center & Group Sales Manager, will discuss the history of the mountain’s sanatorium through the eyes of a tuberculosis patient being treated at the Mount McGregor facility.
Join us at Grant Cottage to learn the history of Cornplanter’s pipe tomahawk, its disappearance and its miraculous recovery in 2018. Our program presenter will be Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, Curator of Ethnography at the New York State Museum.
Presenter Jackie Donnelly, nature writer and photographer, has been exploring the area for over twenty-seven years, documenting in words and photographs the amazing variety of plants that flourish on the mountain, from rocky outcroppings to upland forests to the boggy islands of Lake Bonita.
Tour guide Steve Trimm will tell the remarkable story of Grant Cottage caretaker, Suye Narita, her family, and Suye’s nephew Kenjiro Yoshida, a soldier in the acclaimed 442nd Regimental Combat Team who was killed in action in Europe in 1944 fighting the Nazis.
Program presenter, John Braidwood, will display copies of letters from his collection from Grant, Lincoln, Sheridan, and Stanton lauding the brothers’ brilliant war-time accomplishments. His presentation gives credit to the men behind the scenes who are not often known, and therefore not given the credit they so richly deserved.
Join us for a moderated panel discussion as we separate fact from fiction and discover the man from the myth. We are privileged to have three esteemed panelists to help us uncover the real Ulysses S. Grant,
Frank Scaturro, Dr. George “Al'“ Goethals, and Dr. Andre Fleche.
This program, presented by Friends’ Trustee and Grant Cottage tour guide Diana O’Brien, will explore unique stories of soldiers and families, whose differing wartime beliefs transcended the powerful bonds of family unity and love, making loved ones the enemy, and creating wounds undefinable and untold in the hearts of so many.
Help us celebrate Grandparents’ Day by joining living historians Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch as they interpret the life of Grant Cottage’s favorite grandparent couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga Springs in 1882.
Grant Cottage Operations Manager, Ben Kemp, will explore the “peaceful warrior” whose enduring efforts towards peace still resonate with us today. We invite the audience to be part of the stimulating conversation by sharing your thoughts on the vital elements of peace. A peace ceremony will follow the program at the Overlook (weather permitting).
Contrary to previous works on President Grant, Mary Stockwell’s Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians argues that Grant had no intention of appointing missionaries to run the nation’s many reservations. Instead, he developed plans, with the help of his friend and first commissioner of Indian affairs, Ely S. Parker, himself a Seneca Indian, to place the executive branch and the army in charge of the Indian service.
A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the program.
Join us for The Friends of Grant Cottage Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 31st at 2pm. Learn about the accomplishments of the Friends over the last 30 years and enjoy a program titled, “Ulysses S. Grant and the 1864 Campaign in History and Memory” presented by Dr. Andre Fleche.
Join Grant Cottage Operations Manager Ben Kemp as we discuss Ulysses S. Grant, his faith and his views on religion. This moderated discussion group is open to the public and all are encouraged to bring their own personal research and share their insights on the subject.
Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm will portray Ulysses S. Grant as he reflects upon Grant's relationship with Abraham Lincoln one year after the president's assassination. General Grant, now removed from his grief, will talk about Lincoln the President, and the man. No registration required.
In the context of the nationwide struggle for suffrage, learn about the issues at stake in the long fight for women’s rights, and how local women (suffragists and anti-suffragists) participated in the fight. Chapman Museum Educator Kim Harvish will present a program enriched by the theater and music performances of Sandi Rhodes, Patricia Dolton and Frieda Toth.
What did local residents do for fun in the Victorian era? Join Brookside Museum’s Educational Director Anne Clothier at the Cottage to learn about the numerous fraternal groups, soirees, fairs, church socials, casinos and academies that offered entertainment and enrichment to Saratogians of long ago.
General Grant, portrayed by Steve Trimm, will share thoughts about how societies and individuals might contribute to peace-making and explain why "Let Us Have Peace" became the cry of his heart. This program is inspired by International Day of Peace, held on September 21.
Join Grant Cottage Site Coordinator Ben Kemp as he examines Ulysses Grant III’s extraordinary life starting as a young boy on the steps of his grandfather’s final home at Mt. McGregor to becoming a Major General in the US Army striving to preserve the heritage of his family and his country.
Andre M. Fleche, associate professor of history at Castleton University, reflects on the ways that Grant’s ultimately successful candidacy cemented the legacy of Union and emancipation, thereby shaping the meaning of the Civil War itself.
Engaging storyteller Gloria May will explain how Winsor French's accomplishments are still part of Saratoga today and what part he played in Grant’s funeral on Mount McGregor on August 4, 1885.
Join Civil War veteran Oscar Kemp (portrayed by descendant and Grant Cottage staff member Ben Kemp) as he recounts his war experiences with the 115th NY and discusses the experience of veterans after the war and the GAR.