2023 Winter Showcase Series: History of The Grand Hotel

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2023 Winter Showcase Series: History of The Grand Hotel

As part of the 2023 Winter Showcase Series presented by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, please join us for this presentation from Susan Stein, The Grand Hotel Historian.

A Grand Tradition
Since opening its doors in 1847, the Grand Hotel’s identity has been inextricably linked with a proud heritage as a social host and a vital part of military service. Originally built as a two-story building with 40 rooms, guests originally traveled to the Grand Hotel by steamboats and docked at what is now the Marina. Over the years, the resort and its reputation grew, with the hotel guest list boasting an impressive array of world dignitaries and celebrities.
From its strategic location on Mobile Bay, the Grand has also played a pivotal role in defending our nation as a vital military staging site, as well as its ties to American freedom spanning two centuries and two wars. Standing as a hospital during the Civil War and later as host to key training operations during World War II, this is hallowed ground. It was here, on the sands of Point Clear, where Allied forces' finest trained in Operation Ivory Soap, a classified military operation that played a vital part in World War II’s final push. Each day, the Grand Hotel honors its wartime history, concluding with a cannon firing on the edge of Mobile Bay.
From American presidents to world leaders to stars of movies and music to generations of patriots, the Grand will eternally be revered as a national destination, rich in history – a hotel that embodies the best traditions of this country.

Susan Stein began her position as Historian for the Grand Hotel in March 2018. Susan’s role includes conducting tours, putting together history displays, meeting with guests about the Grand history and much more.  

The Historic Hotels of America selected Susan as a nominee finalist for the Award of Excellence Historian of the Year in 2019, 2020 and 2022, receiving the Award of Excellence in 2022 at the National Convention. This award is presented to a hotel historian who best demonstrated a “passion for preserving, displaying and interpreting the history of his or her hotel, a true ambassador of the past.”

Please note that this is general admission.

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