*All programs held at 12 p.m. at Skye Bistro, located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites at 8434 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, Ohio. Reservation required; call Skye at 440-974-3572.*
Tuesday, February 5: The Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was for many years the most famous black man in America. Born a slave, he escaped to the North and became a passionate, articulate voice for abolition of slavery and the civil and political rights of African Americans. February is Black History Month, so learn more about Douglass’s life and legacy. SPEAKER: Todd Arrington, Site Manager, James A. Garfield NHS.
Tuesday, March 5: Portrait of a 19th Century Marriage: The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield Join First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield as she recounts her relationship with the man that eventually became the 20th President of the United States. Learn how and where they first met, the pitfalls of what she called their “dark years,” and how their relationship—and family—blossomed. Lucretia Garfield is portrayed by first-person interpreter and James A. Garfield NHS Lead Volunteer Debbie Weinkamer. Tuesday, April 2: This isn’t a Road Show: The Divide between Antiques and Artifacts As American material culture becomes ever more present, people start to wonder what their family's possessions may be worth. What may hold sentimental value to one might hold no historical value to another. This talk will discuss how museum curators and collections managers decide what does and does not get preserved and the thoughts and issues that surround it. Do you have anything a curator might want now or in the future? SPEAKER: Rebekah Knaggs, Park Ranger, James A. Garfield NHS.