Mike Reetz has been a living historian for the last 10 years. He has been trained by the National Association for Interpretations to be a Certified Interpreter Guide. Mike presents the life of Horace Porter, an aide-de-camp to General U.S. Grant during the civil war. Leaving his post as private secretary to President Grant, Porter became a vice president of the Pullman Palace Car Company. He was instrumental in financing both the building of Grant’s Tomb and William McKinley’s presidential campaign by organizing “fund raising” teams. In 1897 Porter’s book Campaigning With Grant was published. It is a character study of General Grant and is quoted in many books by other authors. The book is still published today. By the turn of the century, he had been ambassador to France for 8 years.
Mike has given presentations to civil war round tables, historical associations, schools, universities and other civic groups.