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The Election of Grant

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Galena

500 Bouthillier St

Galena, IL 61036

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The Great Coats of Galena (the living history volunteers of the Grant Home in conjunction with the historic Grant Home in the city of Galena is looking to gauge interest in an event marking the 150th anniversary of the 1868 election of General Grant to the Presidency of the United States.

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Grant, his staff and supporters are assembled at the Elihu Benjamin Washburne House, where they are receiving live results of the race via Western Union telegraph. The cities resident's covering the whole spectrum of society (wealthy and middle-class, to shopkeepers, tavern and hotel owners, to labourers and lead miners are all a buzz ..... as well as guest from larger cities like Chicago looking to be closer to Grant on this important day.

The historic area at and directly around the Grant Home will allow the perfect opportunity for participants to engage in a fully immersive first person experience with fellow living historians, while the streets of historic Galena (still as they were at the time of Grant) will create a grand 4th wall experience for participants and spectators as well.

When you regester you will choose from one of four historical sites within the city, this will be your primary interpative location. In addition we are looking for walking docents to guide tours of the general public to all four location in timed fassion. If being a guide is something that you like to do, please feel free to select that option at regerstration, instead of one of the historic locations.

All will be welcome to attend, specific roles will be by invitation only.


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