File: The 1922 statue of Ulysses S. Grant on horseback in front of the Capitol. (John McDonnell/Washington Post)

St. Louis, where Julia Dent spent her childhood and where she and future president Ulysses S. Grant first lived after marrying, will host the 52nd annual three-day meeting and conference of the Ulysses S. Grant Association beginning on May 2.

Plans call for a tour of the Dent plantation, White Haven, Jefferson Barracks, where Grant was first assigned following his graduation from West Point, a talk by association executive director John Marszalek on Grant and the Civil War and a river cruise. All meals are included.

Last year’s conference was held on Georgetown, Ohio, where tours included Grant’s childhood home and his school building. These conferences are particularly good for anyone who values seeing and often touring the actual places where someone like Grant lived before the war made him famous.

A reduced registration fee is available through April 15 for $250 a member and $350 for a non-member. After that date, the cost increases to $275 per member and $375 for a non-member.