BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien County Historical Association this spring will hold a four-day, three-night tour of Galena, Ill., the hometown of the Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of Union forces in the Civil War and later the 18th president of the United States. Bob Myers, 1839 Courthouse Museum curator, will lead the tour slated for June 7-10. The tour is to depart from the Courthouse Museum in Berrien Springs.The tour fee is $549 for museum members and $579 for non-members. It covers all but some lunches. Non-members can join the association and take immediate advantage of the lower member rate.A deposit of $100, refundable through May 1, is required for reservations. People who want more information may call the Berrien County Historical Association at 471-1202.Lead mines made Galena a boomtown in the mid-19th century. Miners wrested galena, which is lead ore, out of the ground and shipped it down the nearby Mississippi River.By the Civil War, many of the Midwest's leading citizens lived in Galena. Its residents included Grant, then a down-on-his-luck former Army captain, and the Washburn family, a political dynasty whom historians have called the "Kennedys of the 1860s."Mining wealth helped Galena create wonderful architecture in the residential neighborhoods and the bustling downtown.The community fell on hard times in the early 20th century, but by the end of the same century it had awakened as a tourist destination. Dinner and lodging for the tour takers will be at the historic DeSoto House Hotel. It is the oldest operating hotel in Illinois, and its guests have included Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman and Abraham Lincoln.The tour includes a visit to the Grant home, an Italianate brick mansion given to him by Galena residents when he came back from the war.The tour then goes to nearby Dubuque, Iowa, and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.This brand-new facility interprets the history of the Mississippi River and the region's aquatic life. Exhibits include a 92-foot-long map of the Mississippi River.The tour then takes a Mississippi River dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Dubuque, an authentic sternwheel riverboat.The last day of the tour goes to Prairie du Chien to visit the Villa Louis, of which the Wisconsin Historical Society site has just completed a 10-year, multimillion-dollar restoration.Louis Dousman inherited a fortune from his French-Canadian fur trader father. He began construction of an Italianate mansion in 1872, which his widow would name Villa Louis. Now fully restored with 90 percent of its original furnishings intact, Villa Louis sits on a 25-acre estate on the Mississippi River.