Molly Kodner, Archivist of the Missouri History Museum / My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love
Synopsis: Molly discusses her 2015 book that collects 160 love letters that St. Louisan James Love wrote to his fiancée, Eliza Mary “Molly” Wilson, during the Civil War, along with selected documents from the Missouri History Museum collection that touch on U. S. Grant’s life and career.
(lunch may be purchased on site)
“Unconditional Surrender: An Afternoon with President Grant,”
written and performed by Pete Grady of Marshalltown, Iowa
Synopsis: Pete Grady’s one-man show uses music, photographs, cartoons, maps and drawings to explore Ulysses Grant’s successes and failures in military and civilian life and provides the audience with a new understanding of Grant.
~The Keynote Address~
Frank J. Williams, President of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Founding Chairman of The Lincoln Forum / The Politics of 1864: Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan and Abraham Lincoln
Synopsis: Lincoln Laureate and retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank Williams presents a fascinating portrait of three powerful personalities in a country facing a presidential election in wartime. Frank explores A. Lincoln’s role, and Grant’s role on and off the battlefield, as the 1864 contest of presidential nominees unfolded.
Henry Sweets, Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum / Grant and Twain
Synopsis: Hannibal’s leading Twain scholar explores the surprising connection between two of Missouri’s greatest characters. From the early days of the Civil War in northeast Missouri, to Grant’s deathbed, these men helped shape post-war America.