2018-19 Lunch and Lecture Series

*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, November 6: Murder Most Foul! Savagery at Spring Green
The turn of last century brought us two of the most shocking murders in our history. Surprisingly, each case involved an American architect (thankfully NOT Abram Garfield) and his mistress. Hear the second part of the informative and eye-opening program! Speaker: Debbie Weinkamer, Lead Volunteer, James A. Garfield NHS.

Tuesday, December 4: Merry Ghost Christmas: Exploring Victorian

Christmas Ghost Stories
Reading beloved classics like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol conjures up images of spirits from the past haunting the present. But that story isn’t the only one about Christmas ghosts during the Victorian era. Learn more about some lesser-known ghostly tales that were read by the fireside during the Christmas season! SPEAKER: Allison Powell, Park Ranger, James A. Garfield NHS.

Tuesday, January 8: The “Tough Stuff” of American History: Interpreting Controversial History in America’s National Parks

When they hear the term “national park,” most people think of beautiful views, wildlife, hiking, and camping. But national parks also interpret American history—both the triumphant and the controversial. Learn more about some of the difficult American history being studied and interpreted in your national parks. SPEAKER: Todd Arrington, Site Manager, James A. Garfield NHS.

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.

Last updated: October 21, 2018

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