Trading cards have been popular with kids for generations, from images of sports figures to movie stars. Now, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site is offering free trading cards featuring Ulysses S. Grant’s thoughts about slavery, his freeing of William Jones, and Grant’s daughter Nellie’s efforts to support the troops during the Civil War. Other cards include African Americans gaining the right to an education and the right to vote.
The cards available at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site are part of a series of 550 cards available at participating national parks throughout the United States. To “earn” a trading card, kids may participate in a ranger-led tour or answer a question about their visit to the park.
“The trading cards are vehicles for telling some ‘lesser-known’ stories – including the stories of civilians, women, African-Americans and American Indians,” said Superintendent Timothy Good. The trading cards are a great way to engage kids with our history as a nation, both here in St Louis and throughout the United States. According to Superintendent Good, the cards also provide an incentive to families with children to visit all parks which offer the cards.
Each trading card tells a little-known story but collectively the cards describe the struggles we have endured as a nation to strive for freedom and equality. The Civil War Sesquicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement provide opportunities for us to reflect upon our past, celebrate the strides we have made and look forward with commitment to achieve a more perfect union.
For more information and a list of other parks with Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards, please see the park website at www.nps.gov/ulsg.