The 18th annual U.S. Grant Celebration will take place Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, at the U.S. Grant Boyhood Home and surrounding areas in Georgetown. There will be several programs to watch and events to attend — from meeting Abraham Lincoln to watching Professor Faris’ magic show or learning how they danced in the mid-1800s, it’s bound to be a fun, historical time.
Thursday, April 24
7:30 p.m. - Ned Lodwick will lead a discussion of the 34th OVI at the Brown County Historical Society Meeting at the Georgetown United Methodist Church, located 217 S. Main Street in Georgetown.
Friday, April 25
7:30 p.m. - Fritz Klein, as President Lincoln, will discuss Lincoln’s humor at the Georgetown United Methodist Church. Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per student, and children under 12 years of age are permitted free of charge.
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. - Ned Lodwick will lead the annual History Walk. This event will last approximately one hour.
9 a.m. to noon - Get a special U.S. Grant postal cancellation at Georgetown Post Office.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bonnets and Baskets, hosted by Norma McAfee and Jerry Yeater
10 a.m. - Opening Ceremony. This event will take place at the U.S. Grant “Native Son” Statue on the Square and last approximately one half-hour.
10:30 a.m. - Meet the Grants, played by Mike Miller and Jennifer Moran, to last one half-hour; Dulcimer Music with Banks of the Ohio, one hour; Infantry Firing Drill and Skirmish with the 70th OVI, one half-hour.
10:45 a.m. - Suffrage Rally, to last one half-hour with U.S. Grant reenactors.
11 a.m. - “The Terrible Winter of 1864-65” with Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman, to last one half-hour.
11 a.m. - Chalk Drawing Contest, to last one half-hour.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Open House, Ammen House on the Square.
11:30 a.m. - Infantry Firing Drill of the 70th OVI
Noon - Cavalry Demonstration; “My Childhood” with Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln.
12:30 p.m. - 1800s Magic with Professor Faris; Infantry Firing Drill and Skirmish; Dulcimer Music.
1 p.m. - Grant’s Presidency, hosted by Stan Purdy; Children’s Infantry Drill.
1:30 p.m. - 1800s Magic with Professor Faris; Court Martial 70th OVI.
2 p.m. - 70th OVI Memorial
3 p.m. - Ladies Tea, located at the Floral Hall on the Brown County Fairgrounds; “Horses of the Civil War,” by Ned Lodwick, also located at the Floral Hall.
6 p.m. - Carriage Ride to the Grand Ball — free with Ball admission
7 p.m. - Grand Ball featuring Jim’s Red Pants Band, located at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Admission is $15 per adult and $5 per child. A period costume is required. Tickets are on sale at Donohoo’s Pharmacy and Bailey House (937) 378-3087.
All events are at the U.S. Grant Boyhood Home unless otherwise noted. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Food will be available during the day. A complete program is available at www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org; Brown County Public Libraries in Mt. Orab, Fayetteville, and Sardinia; the Mary P. Shelton Library in Georgetown; and Union Township Public Libraries in Russellville, Ripley, and Aberdeen. Tickets for paid events are available at Donohoo’s Pharmacy.