Ulysses S. Grant Bicentennial Events
Historic New Richmond, Inc., which manages the Grant Birthplace for the Ohio History Connection, and Georgetown’s U.S. Grant Homestead Association, an organization that manages the boyhood home and schoolhouse for the Ohio History Connection have planned a series of events recognizing Grant as a great Civil War general, two-term civil rights President, author of the greatest military memoir, statesman and the most popular American of the second half of the 19th century.
President U.S Grant- Birthday Party
SAT., APRIL 23 • 11 A.M.-5 P.M
New Richmond, Ohio
The New Richmond Business Association, Renaissance New Richmond, the Military Museum, New Richmond VFW, Historic New Richmond and local businesses welcome you to a village-wide birthday party, with five riverside restaurants, three gift shops and community organizations offering Grant specials and activities. A bus will run every half hour from New Richmond to the Grant Birthplace in nearby Point Pleasant, where you can tour the birthplace and take part in family activities.
Activities at Grant Birthplace
SAT. APRIL 23 & SUN. APRIL 24 • 10 A.M.-4 P.M
U.S Grant Birthplace- 1551 St. Rt. 232 Point Pleasant, Ohio 45153
Civil War reenactors will have a small living history of what a camp was like for Union Troops. Visitors will be able to interact with the soldiers and wander into the camp. A wandering storyteller will share stories about the doctor from New Richmond who delivered Grant, abolitionist lifeways of Clermont County during that time that influenced Grant, and a story of the house and its travels.
Historic Dance Demonstration by the Forget-Me-Nots Dance Company
SAT. APRIL 23 • 3 P.M
U.S. Grant Birthplace- 1551 State Route 232 Point Pleasant , Ohio 45153
See members of the University of Cincinnati’s Forget-Me-Nots Dance Company give a costumed demonstration of social dances popular at the time Grant was born. Visitors are invited to learn the dance steps and participate.
Cake-Cutting Ceremony with Speeches
SAT. APRIL 23 • 4 P.M
U.S. Grant Birthplace, 1551 State Route 232, Point Pleasant
Official opening of the season, hosted by Historic New Richmond
Grant’s Bicentennial Proclamation
WEDS. APRIL 27 • 2:00 P.M
U.S. Grant Birthplace- 1551 State Route 232 Point Pleasant, Ohio 45153
Proclamation by dignitaries in attendance, with tours and light refreshments.
President Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Bicentennial Dinner
WEDS. APRIL 27 • 6:00 P.M
Norlyn Manor- 4440 S.R. 132 Batavia, Ohio 45103
A special Presidential Dinner celebrating the bicentennial of Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday on April 27, 1822. Dinner, prepared by an all-star team of chefs from Clermont County, will be inspired by a presidential menu from the 1860’s. You will also have the opportunity to experience menu items that would have been found on the plates of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Period music to be played by Union Army Band and speech/reenactment of Ulysses S. Grant by local actors.
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Women in Grant’s Life
THURS. APRIL 28 • 6 P.M
Georgetown United Methodist Church- 217 S. Main St. Georgetown, Ohio 45121
Brown County Historical Society will present a program by Chris Burns.
The Grants in Bethel
FRI. APRIL 29 • 6 P.M
Living the Word Church- 402 W. Plane St. Bethel, Ohio 45106
Dr. Curt Fields as Grant will discuss Grant and his family’s time living in Bethel in the early 1840s, while Grant was a student at West Point, with period music from Steve & Lisa Ball.
A Conversation with General U.S. Grant
SAT. APRIL 30 • 10 A.M
Gaslight Theater- 110 E. State St. Georgetown, Ohio 45121
Featuring Admiral Sean Buck, Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis & Dr. Curt Fields as U.S. Grant
U.S Grant Celebration Day Lunch
SAT. APRIL 30 • NOON
Fellowship Hall, Georgetown United Methodist Church- 217 S. Main St. Georgetown, Ohio 45121
*Lunch available for purchase- Ulysses’ birthday cake will be served.
A Conversation with President U.S. Grant
SAT. APRIL 30 • 2 P.M
Gaslight Theater, 110 E. State St. Georgetown, Ohio 45121
Featuring Dr. Charles Calhoun of Greenville, NC, author, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, and Dr. Curt Fields as Ulysses S. Grant. As president, in 1871 Grant created the United States Department of Justice to enforce basic rights for African Americans, then under siege by Ku Klux Klan terrorism. In 1875, Grant signed the landmark Civil Rights Act (later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court), ending separation in public accommodations and more. This program will focus on Grant’s strong support for freed people.
Band Concert, Light Show & Fireworks Finale
SAT. APRIL 30 • 6 P.M- 10 P.M
Courthouse Square, Georgetown
Hear the Ohio National Guard Military Band in concert. Enjoy a light show and fireworks finale.