Things To Do

Photograph of a National Park Service ranger leading a tour in front of White Haven
Tourists visit the main house on a ranger-led tour.

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There are many things to do and see at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site:

  • Watch the introductory film -- "Ulysses S. Grant: A Legacy of Freedom" (running time 22 minutes)
  • Take a guided tour of the historic home known as White Haven (approx. 30-45 minutes)
  • Visit the historic Summer Kitchen, Chicken Coop, and Ice House
  • Take a self guided walk around the historic trace
  • Tour museum exhibits located in Ulysses S. Grant's 1872 horse stable
  • Participate in a free Junior Ranger program for children ages 5 and up
  • Shop in our bookstore
  • Check the list below for upcoming events
Photos of performers and speakers for our 2018 season.
2018 Performers and Speakers

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

Fall 2018 Programs at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Please join us for a collection of wonderful performances and lectures in our fall 2018 season. Call 314-842-1867 ext. 230

Saturday, September 8 – 1 pm
Presentation: Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign
Park Guide Shawn Williams will talk about failures and successes that Grant had during the Vicksburg Campaign. Williams worked for several years at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Civil War to Civil Rights Free Evening Programs -- September 19, 20 & 21 -- 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The park is offering three evenings of dramatic first person interpretation exploring themes of slavery, Reconstruction, and African American efforts to secure freedom and civil rights. The free programs will be held outdoors, under a tent, on the park grounds. Seating will be provided. No reservations are needed.

Wednesday, September 19--Frederick Douglass by Charles Pace
Thursday, September 20-- Martin Luther King Jr. by Stephon Ferguson
Friday, September 21--Harriet Tubman by Kathryn Harris

Saturday, October 13 – 1 pm
Presentation: Ulysses S. Grant and Slavery
Park Ranger Nick Sacco has written a manuscript on this subject that is currently under review for publication by the Journal of the Civil War Era. He will share his research on Grant and slavery.

Saturday, October 20 – 10 am -12 pm and 2 – 4 pm
Grant and Twain: A Dramatic Reading
The story is based on the last fifteen months of Grant’s life as he is writing his memoirs.

Friday, November 2 – 2 pm and 7 pm
Saturday, November 3 – 10 am and 1 pm

Mary Shelley by Susan Marie Frontczak
English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) may be best known as the author of Frankenstein, but there is much more to be learned about her, both personally and psychologically. Re-live the author’s process of creation. Susan Marie Frontczak will show how Mary painted many facets of her own personal experiences with a vivid imagination to build this original and enduring work of science fiction.

Saturday, November 10 – 1 pm
Armchair Tour: Bike Through History
Park Ranger David Newmann has lead several bike tours along Grant’s Trail to the Sappington House. Enjoy learning about the historic spots visited along the way from the comfort of our park theater.

Saturday, December 1 – 10 am – 4 pm
A Spirited Holiday Past
Decorated for the holidays, numerous historic sites and houses in the St. Louis area will open their doors and welcome visitors to gaze back on earlier times. At White Haven, costumed interpreters will present historic skits in various locations at White Haven. Free. No reservations required.

Saturday, December 8 – 1 pm
Author Talk: Jan Jacobi’s “Young Lincoln”
St. Louis educator and author Jan Jacobi will discuss his novel on the childhood of Abraham Lincoln. The book was written with young adult readers in mind, but all will be interested in hearing the stories that bring Lincoln to life.

Friday, December 14 – 2 pm and 7 pm
Saturday, December 15 – 10 am and 1 pm

Message at Midnight: A One Act Play
The setting is Christmas Eve of 1864 and as midnight approaches, Grant arrives to meet with the President and Mrs. Lincoln at the White House.

For free reservations, call 314-842-1867 ext. 230.


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.

Last updated: August 20, 2018

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7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, MO 63123


(314) 842-1867

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