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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a biographer, White writes from the inside out, seeking to get inside the mind and spirit of this generous, curious, self-effacing, introspective leader. He will offer three episodes from Grant’s life – Civil War, presidency, and the writing of his memoirs in his final illness – that we might understand why in his time Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of great American leaders.
Visit Grant Cottage as part of the Town of Wilton's Bicentennial Historic Site Tours! Start your tour at the Wilton Heritage Museum (5 Parkhurst Road) for your map of old churches, cemeteries, and other participating local landmarks.
Cottage admission is free; donations are welcome.
Please note that because this is a pre-season event, public restrooms will not yet be available.