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New York State Writers Hall of Fame, 2017.  

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Little Red Lighthouse Read Aloud

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge was selected as the NYS 2017 Great Read. Click on the cover to hear the story.

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2018 NYS Writers Hall of Fame Honoress - June 5, 2018 Princeton Club of New York

Ira Gershwin

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Colson Whitehead

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Grant Cottage Designated New York's 26th Literary Landmark

U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site has been named the 24th New York State Literary Landmark by United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book. Literary Landmark status is granted to community locations associated with a literary figure, author, or his or her work. Ulysses S. Grant completed the second volume of his memoirs at cottage, just days before his death in 1885.  

The Friends of Grant Cottage will hold a public Literary Landmark Plaque Dedication Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 at Grant Cottage, featuring keynote speaker David S. Nolen, Assistant Editor at Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and contributor to the annotated edition of The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant

Early-release copies of the annotated memoirs will be available for purchase and signing by Mr. Nolen. Other speakers will include Rocco Staino, Director of Empire State Center for the Book and Alane Ball-Chinian, Saratoga-Capital Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  U.S. Grant (portrayed by Steve Trimm) and Mark Twain (portrayed by Kevin O'Brien will be in attendance and available for tin-type photographs by Glens Falls Art (weather permitting).

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant has never been out of print and stands as a work of profound political, historical and literary significance, praised by such diverse critics as Mark Twain, Thomas Nast, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, Bruce Catton and Gore Vidal.

Grant Cottage thanks generous sponsors Saratoga Arms, Northshire Bookstore, and  Glens Falls Art for making the Literary Landmark status possible: 



U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General of the U.S. Army, 18th U.S. President and beloved American public figure. Impoverished by a Ponzi-style swindle and dying of throat cancer, he moved to the Cottage on June 16, 1885. With the love and support of his family, his publisher Mark Twain, and the nation at large, he completed Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant only days before his death on July 23, 1885. The two-volume publication ensured his family’s financial security and gave the world one of the most critically acclaimed memoirs by a U.S. president or historic military figure. 


2017 NYS Writers Hall of Fame Honorees



Ron Chernow                                             Alexander Hamilton                                  William Kennedy               


Christopher Morley                                  Walter Dean Myers                                       Fredrick Law Olmsted                             



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