Site Closing at 4pm 12/14/13
Due to hazardous weather conditions, James A. Garfield National Historic Site will close at 4pm today. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Please observe changing seasonal hours
November 1 through April 30, the site is open 10-5 Fridays and Saturdays. We accept reservations for schools and other organized groups for tours during the week.
The Political Assassination of James A Garfield
Today's programs trace the connection of two men from the past - James A. Garfield, President of the United States, and Robert Todd Lincoln, only surviving son of President Abraham Lincoln - to the murder and death of President Garfield on September 19, 1881.
At 1:00p.m., Park Ranger Alan Gephardt focuses on the circumstances of the shooting by assassin Charles Guiteau, the President's medical care, and his death and funeral.
At 2:00p.m., author Jason Emerson shares his newest book Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln. Lincoln fought in the Civil War as did Garfield, was a successful businessman, and served as President Garfield's Secretary of War. He was also present at the shooting of the President. Jason will speak about the friendship between Garfield and Lincoln and sign copies of Giant in the Shadows, on sale in our Eastern National bookstore.
Thanks to the Ohio Humanities Council and Hiram College for supporting this event.
Did You Know?
Queen Victoria of England sent a wreath for the state funeral of Garfield. Afterwards, Mrs. James A. Garfield had the white rose wreath dipped in wax and framed. It is over 130 years old and can be viewed in the Memorial Vault.