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Grant Collection

Posted by Maddie Kirker | July 07, 2012 / 05:18pm | Local News

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI)-If you are a history buff you don't have to travel to Washington D.C. to learn history about a former president. There is a new exhibit that is on display for the whole family to enjoy.

"This is our new exhibit area for the newly crowned Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, which is here at Mississippi State University. This is just an area where we have on display some of our unique artifacts and memorabilia pieces and original documents and such," said Ryan Semmes.

Some of the most treasured Ulysses S. Grant photos, letters, and recorded writings are on display in the Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU. The new historical enterprise provides a better understanding of one of our most beloved presidents.

"There are really only about five universities that have a presidential library most of those have national designation they're twentieth century presidents and are part of the national archives system," said Semmes.

For more than four decades, the Grant association has gathered copies of over 200-thousand Grant documents making this exhibit possible.

"One of the more interesting items that we have is a letter written by Mrs. Grant when they were in the White House. It's just a letter she wrote to her sister-in-law, but it's all about their daughter getting married, they actually has a white house wedding," said Semmes.

Having a rare exhibit of the 18th president not only brings history buffs to the area, but gives the state of Mississippi something else to be proud of.

"We're very excited to have the material in. We have actually been able to find a lot of interesting connection between Grant and some of the material that we already have here at Mississippi State University," said Semmes.

 

 

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