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MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum (right) stands with U.S. Grant Association President and Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams at a portrait of Grant during the Association's annual meeting at MSU Libraries. Photo by Jim Tomlinson.

STARKVILE – For its annual meeting May 3-5, 2009, the Ulysses S. Grant Association visited Mississippi State Univers ity for the first time.

Mitchell Memorial Library – the recently named new home of the Presidential Papers of America's 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant – welcomed the Association's members and directors, including Association President and Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, for dinners, special presentations, business meetings, and more. 

"The Association's relocation to Mississippi State University has received coverage in newspapers around the nation," said Executive Director for the Association, MSU's Dr. John Marszalek, "and we are moving forward to continue the mission of our organization."

At the Association's Monday evening dinner, MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum shared his excitement about the Grant Collection's coming to reside at Mississippi State and said that he has spoken about the Collection's acquisition with numerous groups across the country over the past months.  Chief Justice Williams expressed his appreciation to Dr. Keenum and to Mississippi State University and the Libraries for moving stridently forward with the Collection to make it accessible to researchers and scholars here at MSU and beyond.

During the Association's board meeting on Tuesday, MSU Libraries' Dean Frances Coleman was elected to the U.S. Grant Association's Board of Directors.  Dean Coleman extended an invitation for the Association to continue meeting at MSU Libraries, which the group will do in 2010 and then, subsequently, every other year.

In addition to a trip to the Civil War Museum in Corinth, Miss., and to Shiloh Battlefield, the Association's meeting featured Grant scholar Jean Edward Smith's lecture on myths and realities about Grant's presidency, MSU history professor Jason K. Phillips' presentation entitled "Confederate Rumors about Ulysses S. Grant," and a panel discussion and book signing with Grant and Civil War authors.

For more information about the Ulysses S. Grant Collection at Mississippi State University Libraries, please visit or contact Dr. John Marszalek at 662-325-4552.

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