2022 John Y. Simon Day: Annual Grant Lecture
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“The Only Thing Constant is Change”
by Pam Sanfilippo
This year’s lecturer is Pam Sanfilippo, Program Manager for Museum Services and Interpretation at Gateway Arch National Park. She worked at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site from 1995 until 2014, serving as Park Ranger, Education Director, and Historian. She is the author of numerous essays, articles, and publications. Pam is writing a book on the life of Grant’s wife, Julia, and will provide a preview to some of her research during this presentation.
Several historians and authors have claimed Julia Grant was a shallow individual. For many, her Memoirs reflect that perception—full of flights and fancy, with little insight or introspection. On closer examination, sources reveal a woman who, while fiercely defending the traditional role of women in the domestic sphere revolving around home and family, stepped forward and outside those boundaries from the day she married Ulysses S. Grant. In writing her Memoirs, she provided a glimpse into how others might embrace life’s journey, with similar passion and wonderment.
Image: John Y. Simon (Simon family)