This site will be closed on Thursday 11/28/13 in honor of Thanksgiving. The site will reopen on Friday 11/29/12 with the normal operating hours.
Reference Works for Educators
Learn more about General Grant National Memorial by reading the 1980 historic resource study by David M Kahn. Click here.
Thirty-one volumes of Ulysses S. Grant's collected papers now are available to research online through the Mississippi State University Libraries. Click here.
This educator's guide is intended to complement and enhance your school visit to General Grant National Memorial. The guide contains resources as well as lesson plans that are aligned with New York State Common Core Standards and New York State Social Studies Standards. These lessons are based on a collection of primary source documents, maps, and images. It is meant to be use with middle school students, but the lessons are easily adaptable for elementary and high school students and teachers can adapt the activities and worksheets to meet the needs of their particular mini-lesson, or create their own. A short biography of Ulysses S. Grant and background information on the monument are provided as an introduction to the lessons and to support their instruction. The pre-visit lessons will provide helpful preparation for classes who will visit General Grant National Memorial. The post-visit lessons will enhance the students' visit by deepening their understanding of President Ulysses S. Grant's legacy as General and later President, and the special place he holds in the human memory. This guide is in draft form, and we will be happy to hear from educators about any suggestions they have for consideration in a final version. Click here to download
Did You Know?
Ulysses S. Grant acquired the only slave he is known to have owned from his father-in-law, Frederick Dent. In the late 1850s, Grant was unsuccessfully trying to earn his fortune as a farmer. Rather than sell him for much-needed cash, Grant chose to give William Jones his freedom in March of 1859.