Things To Do

There are many things to do and see at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Watch the introductory film in the Visitor Center theater, walk the historic trace, visit the historic home and outbuildings, or explore the interpretive museum located in the historic stable.
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Upcoming Programs at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

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Special Events

The park offers special programs and performances throughout the year. Check here for a calendar of events. Note that most programs require advanced reservations as seating space is limited. Please call 314-842-1867 ext. 230 to make reservations.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site Calendar of Events: January – April 2017
Join us for a variety of free programs. Step back in time with living history characters or hear a historian’s presentation. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 314-842-1867 ext. 230.

Friday, January 27– 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 28 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

"Hammering Out Human Rights" Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations
Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of Eleanor Roosevelt. She speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. No wonder President Truman dubbed Mrs. Roosevelt "First Lady of the World." Find out why Human Rights matter to you, and to the future of the United States. Program includes a Q&A “with Eleanor Roosevelt” and a Q&A with the presenter, Susan Marie Frontczak. Reservations required.

Saturday, February 11 – 10:00 am
Ulysses S. Grant Lecture by Author Brooks Simpson

Brooks Simpson is a professor of history at Arizona State University and a highly acclaimed Civil War historian. He has written numerous books and articles about Ulysses S. Grant, including his 2000 biography Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, which explores Grant's life from birth to the end of the Civil War. Dr. Simpson is currently working on another biography that will explore Grant's Presidency and the end of his life. Reservations required.

Friday, February 24 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
“To Bind Up The Nation’s Wounds” by Fritz Klein

In his second Inaugural address, Lincoln talked about doing “all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations”. What did he mean? How might such a difficult task be accomplished in a time of great national divide and upheaval? Join us for a look at this fascinating subject – approximately 45 minute program with a question and answer session at the end. Reservations required.

Friday, March 10 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
A Conversation with FDR by John Hamant

Join President Roosevelt for a conversation as he “visits” St. Louis in 1944. He will comment on St. Louis during the Depression and World War II and discuss his thoughts on running for a fourth term. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions throughout the program. Reservations required.

Friday, March 24 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 25 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
ABOLITIONIST!! The Life and Death of the Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy by Barnes Bradshaw

The Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy was not from Missouri, or even the Midwest. His family never owned slaves. But he saw the “outright evil” of the slavery system here in St. Louis and grew to be appalled by its very existence. After the murder of a freeman of color in 1836 he could no longer hide his rage and spoke of it in his newspaper, The Observer. The result of these writings, and his uncompromising anti-slavery tone, was that both he and his printing press would meet with utter destruction. Reservations required.

Friday, March 31 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 1 – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Harriet Tubman by Kathryn Harris

This one-woman show is a portrayal of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and civil rights activist who guided slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Reservations required.


Things to Do in Missouri

If you are planning a trip to Missouri, visit the Official Missouri Tourism Website for additional things to do around the state.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, MO 63123


(314) 842-1867

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