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U.S. Grant Birthday Weekend

April 20 - April 22

Each year the museum celebrates the birthday of Galena’s favorite son, Civil War hero and our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant. Did you know that U.S. Grant lived in Galena prior to the Civil War and ran for president while living in Galena? Learn more about his life here during our annual Grant birthday celebration.

Planned activities include battle re-enactments, historic Women of Courage and Commitment performances, and an old-time pie auction. General Grant will be available for a Main Street Walking Tour on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Visitors also can take a lamplight tour of the home where Grant lived after the Civil War. Located at 500 Bouthillier Street, the home is now a state historic site.

There’s sure to be free cake and lemonade at the Galena and U.S. Grant Museum at 211 S. Bench Street on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be open each day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


April 20
April 22


Galena History Museum
245 Commerce Street
Galena, IL 61036 United States
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