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Event: 4th Annual U.S. Grant Symposium

Date: Tuesday, 9-19-2017 at 1:00 PM to Tuesday, 9-19-2017 at 8:00 PM

Location: Various

Cost: Free

Contact: Website



1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Frank Nickell, PhD, Professor Emeritus of history, Southeast Missouri State University / Ulysses Grant in Southeast Missouri will describe the first days of Grant’s career as a Civil War commander, in 1861 Missouri.

1:45 p.m.- 2:25 p.m.
Gregory Wolk, Heritage Resources Coordinator, Missouri Humanities Council will present an overview of a mapping and tourism project known as the U. S. Grant Trail, which connects communities in eastern Missouri and western Kentucky that were witnesses to Grant’s rise to fame in the Civil War.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Darrel Dexter, Author and Teacher from Jonesboro, Illinois will describe the political climate of “Egypt” (Southern Illinois) from May 1861 to February 1862, while General Grant operated in southern Illinois, with emphasis on Grant’s command from Cairo. Darrel tells all, from river boats to bawdy houses, to saloons and army camp life.


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
At Heritage Hall, view an exhibit of Grant memorabilia, meet the speakers, and enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Kellerman Foundation. Dr. White will be at the reception to offer brief remarks and to autograph his book.

~CONCERT AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS, delivered at Ivers Square in the back of the Common Pleas Courthouse, on the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo~

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Performance by Cathy Barton and Dave Para from their album Civil War Music of the Western Border. Barton and Para give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music. 

6:00 p.m.
Ronald C. White, PhD, Fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California / Ulysses S. Grant: A Fresh Vision for American Leadership 

Dr. White has authored two New York Times Bestseller presidential biographies. In 2009 he published A. Lincoln: A Biography to universal acclaim. In 2016, Dr. White released American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, a landmark biography of our Eighteenth President. Historian Jon Meacham has said, “in this thorough and engaging new book, Ronald C. White restores U. S. Grant to the pantheon of great Americans.”