SARATOGA SPRINGS — A celebration marking Ulysses S. Grant’s Bicentennial Birthday will take place at the Gideon Putnam on Oct. 16.
The event will include dinner, a silent auction, virtual live speakers U.S. four-star General Petraeus and author Ron Chernow, and honorary guest speaker Treat Williams. Ulysses Grant Dietz – Grant’s great-grandson, will act as Master of Ceremonies.
The Gala Fundraiser will support The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, and the building of an Education Pavilion atop Mt. McGregor.
Grant, the 18th president of the Unites States, was born in April 1822. In June 1885, dying of throat cancer, Grant arrived at the Adirondack cottage with a large entourage of family, friends, servants, and physicians, in order to complete his memoirs. He died in August, just four days after his final proofreading.
Grant Cottage State Historic site was established in 1957 and is owned by the State of New York. It is operated by The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage. Today, the cottage and its furnishings remain essentially the same as during the Grant family’s stay for six weeks in 1885. In 2021, Grant Cottage State Historic Site was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The gala will take place Oct. 16 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs. The event starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: grantcottage.org.