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    James A Garfield

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  • Garfield Home is Closed in September; Visitor Center and Grounds Remain Open

    The Garfield Home is closed from September 2 through March, 2015 for the installation of a new geothermal heating and air conditioning system. The Visitor Center and Grounds will remain open during this time; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. More »

  • Behind the Scenes, Behind the Ropes, Civil War Tour Suspended

    Due to the house closure, the Behind the Scenes, Behind the Ropes, and the Civil War tour will be suspended until April, 2015. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you in the spring!

2013 Special Events

January

Saturday, January 5-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Tuesday, January 8-12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: Inaugural Ball Gowns & Fashions of America's First Ladies

Join a James A. Garfield NHS volunteer for a delicious lunch at Skye and then enjoy a presentation about the fashion choices various First Ladies have made for inaugural balls throughout American history! Please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations for the Lunch and Lecture Series. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Wednesday, January 9-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Emancipation Proclamation: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" This month, learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect January 1, 1863 and completely changed the nature and character of the war in the North and South alike. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, January 12-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, January 19-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to

the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

Saturday, January 26-1 p.m.

The Trial of Charles Guiteau: A Reader's Theater Presentation

In January 1882, Charles Guiteau was found guilty of shooting President James A. Garfield. Mark this anniversary with a reader's theater production of The Trial of Charles Guiteau. This is a dramatic play that re-creates Guiteau's trial with audience members as the cast! YOU might end up being the judge, a star witness, or the assassin Guiteau himself! Free of charge.

February

Saturday, February 2-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Tuesday, February 5-12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: Victorian Weddings

Join a James A. Garfield NHS staff member for a delicious lunch at Skye and then enjoy a presentation about the customs and fashions of weddings during America's Victorian period. Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Saturday, February 9-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, February 9-6-8:30 p.m.

A Winter Evening at Lawnfield-Special evening house tours!

Looking for something a little different for Valentine's Day this year? How about an evening at the home of James and Lucretia Garfield? The site will be open until 8:30 p.m. for nighttime tours of the Garfield house. See how different the home looks at night! The visitor center film, exhibits, and Eastern National bookstore will also be open and available. Regular $5 entrance fee applies for house tours.

Wednesday, February 13-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Life of Abraham Lincoln: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Learn about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union to political and military victory only to be assassinated just five days after the war's end. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, February 16-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

Saturday, February 16-1 p.m.

The Life and Times of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program and A Black History Month Program

Learn more about the experiences of African American troops who fought for the Union during the Civil War! After the Emancipation Proclamation, about 200,000 fought under the banners of the United States Colored Troops. Program presented by Bertram Floyd, African-American sculptor, artist, and Civil War reenactor, and several of his reenactor associates from the 5th United States Colored Troops! All will be dressed in Civil War uniforms with authentic equipment. Free of charge.

Monday, February 18-10 a.m.-3 p.m.

President's Day Commemoration: Presidential Inaugurations-A Fee-Free Day!

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Celebrate President's Day at the home of President Garfield and, in honor of 2013 being a presidential inauguration year, learn all about the important roles of the inaugural ceremony and speech in American history. Enjoy inaugural and presidential trivia; games and prizes available for children! Tour the Garfield home and learn more about President Garfield's March 4, 1881 inauguration. Free of charge.

March

Saturday, March 2-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Tuesday, March 5-12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: "The Second-Toughest Job in the World": First Ladies in American History

Join a James A. Garfield NHS volunteer for a delicious lunch at Skye and then enjoy a presentation about the unique and challenging job of being First Lady of the United States. Learn about the most influential First Ladies and how the job has changed over the centuries. Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Saturday, March 9-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, March 9-1 p.m.

Women's History Month Program and Book Signing: "Hat-Wearing Ladies of Intellect and Industry in the Victorian Age"

While the Victorian age may be more generally known for delicate ladies and fainting couches, author Cynthia Marek Lundeen invites you to explore the lives of First Lady Lucretia Garfield along with Coco Chanel and Lilly Dache, whose intellect and industry created business empires founded on the creative design of fine millinery. Hat making equipment of the era will be on display, including wooden hat blocks as well as several of First Lady Lucretia Garfield's own favorite hats. Ms. Lundeen will also sign copies of her new book The Victorian and Edwardian Ladies' Guide to Business and Millinery Style Book with Observations for the 21st Century.

Wednesday, March 13-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Life of Jefferson Davis: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Following last month's talk on Lincoln, this month come to learn more about the life and career of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, March 16-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

April

Monday, April 1-1 p.m.

The White House Easter Monday Egg Roll-A Fee-Free Day!

Join in the recreation of a grand White House tradition: the Easter egg roll on the Garfield home's lawn! This is one tradition that-despite a brief tenure in office-President Garfield participated in at Easter 1881. Participate in the egg roll relay, play games, and see original memorabilia from White House Easter egg rolls of the past! Kids of all ages are invited to visit the site to roll provided wooden eggs on the vast lawn behind the Garfield home. This event is held the same day as the Easter egg roll on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C. Free of charge.

Tuesday, April 2-12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: Who's NOT Buried in Grant's Tomb?: Presidential Tombs, Monuments, and Memorials

Join a James A. Garfield NHS volunteer for a delicious lunch at Skye and then enjoy a presentation about the various monument and memorials built to honor and remember American presidents. Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Saturday, April 6-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, April 10-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Civil War Military Draft: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" In April, the subject will be the military drafts that were enacted in the North and South to conscript soldiers. Learn why the draft was controversial in the Union and the Confederacy, what some men did to avoid the draft, and public responses to drafts, including the famous 1863 New York City draft riots. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, April 13-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, April 20-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home

and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. This is an expanded amenity; therefore, the $15.00 fee will still be charged despite the designation of April 21-22 as a fee-free weekend. Fee-free days apply to entrance fees only.

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21-12 p.m.-5 p.m.

National Park Week-Fee-Free Days!

April 21-29 is National Park Week, and all National Park Service sites are free of charge during this period. For James A. Garfield National Historic Site, this means entrance fees will be waived the weekends of April 21-22 and April 28-29 (the site is closed Monday-Friday during April). Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28-12 p.m.-5 p.m.

National Park Week-Fee Free Days!

April 20-28 is National Park Week, and all National Park Service sites are free of charge during this period. For James A. Garfield National Historic Site, this means entrance fees will be waived the weekends of April 21-22 and April 28-29 (the site is closed Monday-Friday during April). Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!

May

Saturday, May 4-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, May 8-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Battle of Chancellorsville: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia's overwhelming victory over Union forces at Chancellorsville in May 1863 will be discussed this month. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, May 18-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to

the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

June

DAILY RANGER/VOLUNTEER-LED TOURS AND WALKS

Stop in the visitor center for details about subjects and times!

Saturday, June 1-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, June 8-1 p.m.

Garfield Mini Militia Drill-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

In recognition of the continuing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, kids ages 5-12 are invited to come join the Garfield Mini Militia! Kids will dress up as Civil War soldiers and learn to march, drill, carry fake muskets, and more! Limit 25 children. Reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 to make reservations.

Sunday, June 9-1 p.m.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

In honor of the upcoming Flag Day on June 14, join members of local Boy Scout troops as they properly and respectfully retire used and unserviceable American flags. Visitors and citizens are encouraged to bring flags they would like to have retired or drop those flags off at the site in the days before the ceremony. Free of charge.

Wednesday, June 12-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Siege of Vicksburg: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Orchestrated by Ulysses S. Grant to cut off the Confederacy's last bastion on the Mississippi River, the siege and eventual surrender of Vicksburg, Miss. was a critical Union victory in early July 1863. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, June 15-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

July

DAILY RANGER/VOLUNTEER-LED TOURS AND WALKS

Stop in the visitor center for details about subjects and times!

Friday, July 5-10 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony

In honor of the recent Fourth of July, visit the site to witness dozens of individuals from nations across the globe take the oath as America's newest citizens. The Garfield home provides an appropriate and idyllic setting for this uniquely American ceremony. This event planned in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Citizenship & Immigration Services (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The public is invited to attend this uniquely American event free of charge.

Saturday, July 6-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and

attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, July 6-7 p.m.

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Performs Outdoor Shakespeare: "Measure for Measure"

Several of Shakespeare's plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. This summer, enjoy Shakespeare "au natural"-in the great outdoors! The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the nation's largest free Shakespearean company. This summer, they will perform one tragedy and one comedy at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. These will be the CSF's only Lake County performances this year! No reservations are required and the performances are FREE. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner! No alcoholic beverages permitted. For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org.

Sunday, July 7-7 p.m.

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Performs Outdoor Shakespeare: "Two Gentlemen of Verona"

Several of Shakespeare's plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. This summer, enjoy Shakespeare "au natural"-in the great outdoors! The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the nation's largest free Shakespearean company. This summer, they will perform one tragedy and one comedy at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. These will be the CSF's only Lake County performances this year! No reservations are required and the performances are FREE. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner! No alcoholic beverages permitted. For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org.

Wednesday, July 10-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Battle of Gettysburg: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" The July 1863 battle of Gettysburg is among the war's most famous battles and one of the most studied military engagements in world history. Learn more about the so-called "high tide of the Confederacy!" Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, July 20-Sunday, July 21-11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Civil War Encampment-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program-Fee Free Days!

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us! Get ready with a weekend encampment on the grounds of President Garfield's home. Learn more about camp life, the experience of battle, and future President James A. Garfield's experiences fighting for the Union. Includes numerous reenactor groups and some live firing demonstrations with blank cartridges. Free of charge.

Saturday, July 20-1 p.m.

Garfield Mini Militia Drill-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

During our annual Civil War encampment and in recognition of the continuing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, kids ages 5-12 are invited to come join the Garfield Mini Militia! Kids will dress up as Civil War soldiers and learn to march, drill, carry fake muskets, and more! Limit 25 children. Reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 to make reservations.

August

DAILY RANGER/VOLUNTEER-LED TOURS AND WALKS

Stop in the visitor center for details about subjects and times!

Saturday, August 3-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, August 10-1 p.m.

Garfield Mini Militia Drill-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

In recognition of the continuing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, kids ages 5-12 are invited to come join the Garfield Mini Militia! Kids will dress up as Civil War soldiers and learn to march, drill, carry fake muskets, and more! Limit 25 children. Reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 to make reservations.

Wednesday, August 14-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Battle of Chattanooga: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" The August 1863 second battle of Chattanooga will be discussed this month. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, August 17-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

September

Saturday, September 7-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, September 11-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Battle of Chickamauga: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Chickamauga, fought September 19-20, 1863, was a Confederate victory but also the most famous battle at which James A. Garfield actively participated. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Friday, September 13-10 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony

In honor of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), visit the site to witness dozens of individuals from nations across the globe take the oath as America's newest citizens. The Garfield home provides an appropriate and idyllic setting for this uniquely American ceremony. This event planned in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Citizenship & Immigration Services (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The public is invited to attend this moving event free of charge.

Saturday, September 21-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

Saturday, September 28-10 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Public Lands Day-A Fee-Free Day!

National Public Lands Day is set aside each year for Americans to reflect on and celebrate national parks, fish and wildlife refuges, national forests, and other areas set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. Tour the Garfield home, enjoy the museum exhibits and film, walk the grounds, and learn more than you ever thought possible about Mentor's own President Garfield! Free of charge; no entrance fees charged at any National Park Service sites on Public Lands Day!

Saturday, September 28-1 p.m.

The Death of President James A. Garfield

President James A. Garfield served just four months in office before being shot by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881. The president lingered for over two months, finally dying on September 19, 1881. In recognition of the 131nd anniversary of Garfield's death, take in a presentation about the circumstances of the shooting, the president's medical care, and his death and funeral. Free of charge.

October

Saturday, October 5-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, October 9-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Cavalry in the Civil War: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" This month, learn more about the uses and tactics of both Union and Confederate cavalry during the Civil War. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, October 19-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-ACivil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24-6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Poe in Person: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was America's most famous writer of the macabre, and several of his works were among the personal collection of James A. Garfield. Visit for special performances of several Poe stories and poems by David Keltz, America's foremost Poe living historian! This event is intended for those 16 years and older. Cost is $15.00/per ticket per performance. Tickets are limited and required. Please call 440-255-8722 for more information or to reserve tickets. Tickets on sale beginning Tuesday, October 1.

November

Saturday, November 2-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, November 9-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, November 9-Sunday November 10-12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Veterans Day Weekend-Fee Free Days!

The Secretary of the Interior has designated Veterans Day weekend as fee-free at all National Park Service sites. Visit on Saturday, November 9 or Sunday, November 10 during the site's normal hours (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) for free entrance to the site. Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!

Wednesday, November 13-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Battle of Lookout Mountain: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" Learn more about Lookout Mountain, a Union victory in November 1863 that was part of Ulysses S. Grant's Chattanooga campaign against Confederate forces. Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, November 16-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and

Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

December

Saturday, December 7-11 a.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open to the normal public tour, including the basement and

attic. You'll also explore the windmill, barn, and other outbuildings. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, December 11-12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Artillery in the Civil War: Major Battles of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series

A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles of the Civil War!" How did Civil War armies deploy and use artillery against one another? Learn more about the so-called "king of battle" at this month's Major Battles talk! Program is free of charge; please make a free reservation by calling Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the talk.

Saturday, December 14-11 a.m.

Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with our popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, December 21-11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour-A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home

and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722.

Did You Know?

Partial image of Garfield Inaugural Ball Leaflet. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

James A. Garfield won the Presidency by less than 10,000 votes, less than 1/10 of 1%. That margin is still the record.