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  2018 Special Events 

150th Anniversary of the Election of U.S. Grant!

Numerous events are happening at the site on November 3 & 4, 2018.  Exactly 150 years to the day that Ulysses Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States.  See below for all event locations, times, and details.  Please join us in this historic celebration.  All events and tours are FREE  FREE  FREE!!!

Events for the weekend will include:  ALL EVENTS AND TOURS ARE FREE!!!


Authentic time period & modern day ballot casting at the DeSoto Hotel.


Grant receiving the news, at Congressman Washburne's home, that he's been elected.


President-elect and Mrs. Grant welcoming guests to their home.


Time period music, at the Grant Home, provided b the Sons of Temperance string band.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

DeSoto Hotel (Downtown Galena): Voting continuously from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Washburne House (908 Third St - Galena): Events at 11:00a.m., 1:00p.m., 3:00p.m., and 5:00p.m.  The Washburne House will also be open for tours throughout the day from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Grant Home (500 Bouthillier St - Galena): Events at 12:00p.m., 2:00p.m., and 4:00p.m.  The Grant Home will also be open for tours throughout the day from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Grant Park: Grant's victory speech at the West end of the pedestrian bridge at 6:00p.m.  FIREWORKS to follow at dusk.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Grant Home: Hot cider and cookies 9:30a.m.

DeSoto Hotel: Speeches at 11:00a.m.







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