ST. LOUIS, MO. April 28, 2014 - St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has declared May 3, 2014 to be "ULYSSES S. GRANT DAY" in the City of St. Louis. The Proclamation is an acknowledgment that St. Louis played a key role in Grant's life and the development of his character, as St. Louis was home to Grant and his family during many of the General's formative years, and during the time he occupied the White House.
The Ulysses S. Grant Association, based at Mississippi State University, is holding its national annual meeting in St. Louis the weekend of May 3-4, 2014. The weekend coincides with the U. S. Grant Symposium, which will be capped off by an address by the Association's Executive Director John F. Marzsalek, PhD, at 3:00 p.m. on May 3, at the St. Louis Public Library's Central Library at Thirteenth and Olive Streets. Dr. Marzalek's talk is presented by Lindenwood University. His talk covers the friendship and working relationship of Grant and fellow General William T. Sherman.
The U. S. Grant Symposium also features an address by Douglas D. Scott, PhD, sponsored by the Missouri History Museum. Dr. Scott's talk, "Ulysses S. Grant: The Archeological Record," is at 1:00 p.m. on May 3 in Lee Auditorium at the History Museum in Forest Park. Dr. Scott, known as the "Battlefield Detective," explored the Grant sites in St. Louis and the site of Grant's first battle in the Mexican War, near Brownsville, Texas, during his 30-plus year career with the National Park Service. He now heads the American Institute of Battlefield Archaeology.
The U. S. Grant Symposium concludes on Sunday, May 4. Bellefontaine Cemetery is conducting tours of the cemetery in the morning. In the afternoon, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Campbell House Museum (Fifteenth and Locust Streets, downtown), an escorted bus tour visits the Campbell House, the Eugene Field House and the DeMenil Mansion, and tracks "The Footsteps of Ulysses S. Grant" from downtown, through Soulard to the DeMenil area. The tour is organized by Renegade Tours of St. Louis.
All Symposium events are free to the public, except the bus and home tour. More information is available here.
P.S. Sunday, April 27, 2014, was General Grant's Birthday--his 192nd.