Local Area Tours Registration Opens 1 December St. Louis Genealogical Society, the NGS local host, offers tours on Tuesday, 7 May. All buses depart from the Conference Center and tours have limited space. Conference registration is not required. RESERVATIONS FOR ALL TOURS MUST BE MADE BY 19 APRIL 2019. CIVIL WAR TOUR (SEVEN HOURS) 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. $70 Enjoy two Civil War facilities in St. Louis. The first stop on this guided tour is the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Park, a former home of the President and his family. St. Louis Genealogical Society will serve lunch at their office before the tour continues to the Civil War Museum, showcasing the border state and its contribution to both Union and Confederate soldiers. Enjoy the facilities, exhibits, and bookstore at each stop. Transportation, entry fees, and lunch included. HISTORIC ST. LOUIS TOUR (SEVEN HOURS) 8:45 A.M.–4:00 P.M. $70 Explore St. Louis as you learn its history. Experience Forest Park, established in 1876 and the home of the 1904 World’s Fair. Enjoy lunch at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, which provides an opportunity to see the Clydesdales. Other sites include the Old Courthouse, the site of the Dred and Harriet Scott trial, the Gateway Arch, and much more. Transportation and lunch are included. ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY (SEVEN HOURS and THIRTY MINUTES) 8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M. $25 Home of the NGS Book Loan Collection, the library is open throughout the conference. Researchers may drive to the library any time or (on Tuesday only) register for the limited bus service. Lunch and transportation included, registration required. CIVIL WAR TOUR (THREE HOURS) 1:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M. $35 The Civil War Tour will be led by Bruce Butgereit, who will also be giving several lectures at the conference T214 and S417. Participants will depart at 1:00 p.m. and travel by coach and view the most significant Civil War monuments and related sites in the City of Grand Rapids. The tour begins at the site of the first training cantonment and ends at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, which was founded in 1886. The cemetery at the veteran’s home is the final resting place of 2,412 veterans of the Civil War, the largest such group in the State of Michigan and has an unusual Civil War statue. Attendees will also visit the Soldiers’ Cemetery within Oakhill, known for a number of headstones marked as “Unknown.” Bruce Butgereit will discuss a genealogy-based project to identify some of the “unknown” soldiers. Other stops include a unique bronze statue recognizing the Spanish-American War—with a Civil War connection—and a bronze bust of President Lincoln. The highlight of the tour will be a downtown visit to one of the most historical Civil War monuments in the United States—featuring two “firsts.” All attendees will also receive a booklet filled with additional photos and other historical information related to the sites on the tour and in the Grand Rapids area. The Civil War Tour is expected to last about three hours. There are a few seats left for the Civil War, so if you are interested, register online at conferencengs.staging.wpengine.com. All coach tours will depart from the Lyon Street cul de sac located between DeVos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Please arrive fifteen minutes before departure. A tour with less than thirty-four registered participants will be canceled thirty days in advance of the conference, participants will be notified by e-mail, and the tour cost will be refunded. BEER CITY ALE TRAIL Tuesday Evening Tuesday afternoon, pick up the free Beer City Trail map at the Hospitality Booth and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of several breweries in downtown Grand Rapids. Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at [email protected] or refer to FAQs.