Our Speakers Bureau

 Grant Cottage hosts programs each season (Memorial Day - Columbus Day) providing information about U.S. Grant and related individuals and topics.  When the cottage is closed, we can bring a variety of programs to your location.  Please contact us if your school or organization is interested in a program by one of our distinguished speakers.   518-584-4353

David Hubbard

Virtual Tour of Grant Cottage  A brief history of Mt. McGregor and the cottage in which Grant completed his memoirs in 1885.
Baseball and the Civil War  Baseball's development and value during the Civil War.
Mountain History:  The Sanatorium  Prior to it becoming the Mt. McGregor
Correctional Facility  Metropolitan Life Insurance ran a hospital for patients suffering from tuberculosis.  It has a rich history with many personal stories researched by Mr. Hubbard.
Life of a Public Building  History and Architecture of Mt. McGregor


Steve Trimm

Ulysses S. Grant
Colonel Frederick Grant Grant’s oldest son
History of Grant Cottage
Harrison Tyrell  Grant’s African American Valet who remained within arm’s reach to provide care when physicians were not available to the ailing Civil War hero and former president.
Sam Willett  Former Union soldier from Argyle, N.Y. who served as Grant’s bodyguard at the cottage in 1885.
Oliver Clarke  The cottage’s first caretaker, Civil War veteran and POW at the infamous Anderonville.
Suye Narita Gambino  The cottage’s 2nd caretaker and a citizen of Japan. She was interned during WWII at Mt McGregor and obtained American citizenship after the war.
Charles Wood  Troy businessman who sent Grant $1,500 upon hearing about his bankruptcy. Wood’s note to Grant read, “I owe you this for Appomattox.”
Princess Cantacuzene  Grant’s first grandchild, Julia, who married a Russian nobleman and published her recollections of her grandfather.

Lt. Lawrence Van Alstyne—NY 128th Regiment and officer of the U.S.C.T.


Tom Smith

Ulysses S. Grant:  His Life, His Work, His Death  Covers the life of Grant beginning in 1822 and focuses on his later years:  his bankruptcy, writing of his memoirs, his disease, and finally his death and funeral services at Grant Cottage.

Ben Kemp

In his Father’s Shadow: The Life and Career of Frederick Grant.”

Come explore the lesser known figure of Frederick Dent Grant, eldest son of Ulysses and Julia Grant. From a childhood on a southern plantation to a teenager in the middle of the Civil War to West Point graduate, foreign diplomat and Major General, learn about his illustrious life and career. Fred, like his father, encountered hardships and found himself in the midst of scandals and controversial wars, but displayed the same characteristic resolve to fulfill his duty through it all. When his father needed him in his final days, Fred faithfully and tirelessly served his father at Grant Cottage and was the pillar of strength for the family to rely on after his father’s passing. Program to be presented in first person historic impression by Grant Cottage Staff member Ben Kemp as Fred Grant.

We will re-open Memorial Day Weekend 2018!