OUR NEXT MEETING

Nov. 29, 2017


"Julia Dent Grant
and the Importance of Family"


Pam Sanfilippo

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November 29, 2017 Meeting

"Julia Dent Grant and the Importance of Family"

Pam Sanfilippo
Education Director
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library,
Museum & Boyhood Home

Julia Dent Grant, like her famous husband General and later President Ulysses S. Grant, has been both praised and criticized since her husband rose to fame during the Civil War. She has been credited with keeping him sober and accused of being a Southern sympathizer who owned slaves. Most historians do agree, however, that Ulysses and Julia shared a loving relationship that only ended with his death.

Although Julia Grant wrote her memoirs in the 1890s, they remained in manuscript form until Dr. John Y. Simon received permission from the family to edit and publish them in 1975. They serve as an ideal complement to Grant’s memoirs, providing insight into the personal lives of these two famous individuals.

Historian and educator Pam Sanfilippo will share excerpts from the biography she is currently writing on Julia Dent Grant. Her extensive research brings to light the story of Julia Grant, who was both a woman of her times and an equal partner with her husband.  


Pam Sanfilippo earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.A. in American history from Washington University in St. Louis, and has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Pam worked as Historian and Education Director at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site from 1995 until 2014, when she moved to Abilene, Kansas, to become Education Director at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. Moving from the home of a 19th century general who became president to the home and library of a 20th century general who became president has been a rewarding experience.

She is the author of numerous essays, articles, and publications, including “Eliza Johnson and Julia Dent Grant” in Wiley’s A Guide to First Ladies; “Grant and the Mexican-American War,” in Wiley’s A Guide to Reconstruction Presidents; and “Sunlight & Shadow: Free Space/Slave Space at White Haven,” in Her Past Around Us: Interpreting Sites for Women’s History. She served as Guest Editor for “America’s Civil War: Challenges, Perspectives, Opportunities,” a thematic issue of Cultural Resource Management, and since moving to Kansas wrote “Dreams of a Barefoot Boy,” a series of 16 articles for Newspapers in Education through the Salina Journal and other Kansas newspapers. Her biography of Julia Dent Grant will be published by Southern Illinois University Press as part of the Ulysses S. Grant Association’s World of U. S. Grant series.

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We meet at:
ROYALE ORLEANS BANQUET CENTER

2801 Telegraph Road
Mehlville (St Louis), MO 63125


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Doors open at 5:30

Meal served at 6:30

Presentation at 7:30
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