April - August 2017 Programs

 
April

Saturday, April 1—10 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, April 4—12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)
Lunch and Lecture Series: President John F. Kennedy at 100
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was born a century ago on May 29, 1917. Like James A. Garfield, Kennedy won the presidency as a young man. Also like Garfield, Kennedy was tragically assassinated in his prime. This presentation will take a look back at Kennedy’s life, his career and presidency, and the potential his administration held for future accomplishments before his untimely and violent death. Comparisons will be made between James A. Garfield and John F. Kennedy.
Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites. Speaker: Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, April 8—10 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.

Wednesday, April 12—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Fort Sumter: April 12, 1861—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series
Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era!” The Confederate firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina on April 12, 1861 was the beginning of the Civil War. What was going on inside the fort during the attack? Why did Confederates open fire on the fort? How did President Abraham Lincoln respond to the attack? What happened to the fort’s Union defenders? Learn all of this and more! 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. Speaker: Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16—10 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Park Week—Fee-Free Days!
April 14-23 is National Park Week, and all National Park Service sites are free of charge all week! Since James A. Garfield NHS is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday through April 30, the Site will be free of charge on Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16. (Fee will still apply on Friday, April 14.) Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!

Monday, April 17—1 p.m.-3 p.m.
White House Easter Monday Egg Roll
Hosted by First Lady Lucretia Garfield, this kid-friendly day and favorite of the general public takes place on the same day as the Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington, D.C.! Games, activities, Easter egg hunts, and the Easter egg roll for kids are all part of this fun day that also commemorates a White House tradition in which President Garfield participated in 1881! Free of charge.

April 21-July 31—SPECIAL EXHIBIT!
Lucretia’s Dresses
This new temporary exhibit features eight of First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield’s dresses on display in the Garfield home for the first time! Dresses courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland); First Ladies National Historic Site/National First Ladies Library (Canton); and the James A. Garfield Historical Society (Garrettsville). PLEASE NOTE: Dresses are displayed in rooms throughout the Garfield home. The only way to access the home’s interior is to take the guided public tour of the home.

Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23—10 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Park Week—Fee-Free Days!
April 14-23 is National Park Week, and all National Park Service sites are free of charge all week! Since James A. Garfield NHS is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday through April 30, the Site will be free of charge on Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23. (Fee will still apply on Friday, April 21.) Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!


May

April 21-July 31—SPECIAL EXHIBIT!
Lucretia’s Dresses
This new temporary exhibit features eight of First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield’s dresses on display in the Garfield home for the first time! Dresses courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland); First Ladies National Historic Site/National First Ladies Library (Canton); and the James A. Garfield Historical Society (Garrettsville). PLEASE NOTE: Dresses are displayed in rooms throughout the Garfield home. The only way to access the home’s interior is to take the guided public tour of the home.

Saturday, May 6—10 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 10—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The “Lost” Gettysburg Address of Charles Anderson—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series
Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era!” Everyone knows Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication on November 19, 1863. But do know about the address given that day by Charles Anderson, a Kentucky native whose speech came after Lincoln’s? Learn more from David T. Dixon, author of The Lost Gettysburg Address. Mr. Dixon will sell and sign books after the program, so hang around to buy your copy from him and have it signed! 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. Speaker: David Dixon, historian and author.

Saturday, May 13—10 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, May 20—10 a.m.
Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour
Learn more about the Garfields’ life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blocks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield NHS! Features a “then and now” look at the Garfield family’s neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Must be 16 or older and able to walk 1.5 miles with no difficulty. Tour lasts 90 minutes to two hours. Cost is $15.00 per person. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Saturday, May 27—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses on James A. Garfield’s 1880 presidential campaign. Garfield ran his campaign from the home that is now James A. Garfield NHS, and it was the nation’s first-ever “front porch” campaign! Learn more on this special 90-120 minute tour that emphasizes Garfield’s selection as the Republicans’ candidate and the campaign that took place right here in Mentor, Ohio! Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations required; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

June

April 21-July 31—SPECIAL EXHIBIT!
Lucretia’s Dresses
This new temporary exhibit features eight of First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield’s dresses on display in the Garfield home for the first time! Dresses courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland); First Ladies National Historic Site/National First Ladies Library (Canton); and the James A. Garfield Historical Society (Garrettsville). PLEASE NOTE: Dresses are displayed in rooms throughout the Garfield home. The only way to access the home’s interior is to take the guided public tour of the home.

Saturday, June 3—10 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 required; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, June 3—1 p.m.
Dressing Lucretia Garfield
As part of our ongoing Lucretia’s Dresses temporary exhibit, join Patty Edmonson, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, for an exploration of Lucretia Garfield’s style! She’ll share style tips from the 1880s and discuss the significance of First Ladies’ fashions. Discover what it took to create the striking bustled silhouette with a demonstration using period undergarments from the WRHS collection. Free of charge.

Thursday, June 8—7 p.m.
University Heights Symphonic Band Performance on the Lawn
Join us for a beautiful early summer evening band concert on the lawn behind President and Mrs. Garfield’s home! We welcome the University Heights Symphonic Band to James A. Garfield National Historic Site for the first time. The expansive lawn here at James A. Garfield NHS makes for a perfect venue for an outdoor concert featuring music from different periods of American history. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets! (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) Free of charge.

Saturday, June 10—10 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.

Sunday, June 11—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 14—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The U.S. Army in America, 1865-1881—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series
Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era!” Millions of Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. But what happened to the U.S. Army after the war ended, volunteers went home, and the service reverted to a small army based primarily in the West? Find out more about the demobilization of the Army after the Civil War and the Army’s people and conflicts during and beyond the Reconstruction period. 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. Speaker: Alan Gephardt, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, June 17—10 a.m.
Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour
Learn more about the Garfields’ life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blocks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield NHS! Features a “then and now” look at the Garfield family’s neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Must be 16 or older and able to walk 1.5 miles with no difficulty. Tour lasts 90 minutes to two hours. Cost is $15.00 per person. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Saturday, June 24—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses on James A. Garfield’s 1880 presidential campaign. Garfield ran his campaign from the home that is now James A. Garfield NHS, and it was the nation’s first-ever “front porch” campaign! Learn more on this special 90-120 minute tour that emphasizes Garfield’s selection as the Republicans’ candidate and the campaign that took place right here in Mentor, Ohio! Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations required; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

July

April 21-July 31—SPECIAL EXHIBIT!
Lucretia’s Dresses
This new temporary exhibit features eight of First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield’s dresses on display in the Garfield home for the first time! Dresses courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland); First Ladies National Historic Site/National First Ladies Library (Canton); and the James A. Garfield Historical Society (Garrettsville). PLEASE NOTE: Dresses are displayed in rooms throughout the Garfield home. The only way to access the home’s interior is to take the guided public tour of the home.

Saturday, July 1—10 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 1—7 p.m.
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Performs Outdoor Shakespeare
Several of Shakespeare’s plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. This evening, enjoy Shakespeare “au natural”—in the great outdoors—as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents a play by “The Bard” on the expansive lawn behind the Garfield home! The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the one of the nation’s largest free outdoor Shakespearean companies. No reservations are required and the performance is FREE. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner! No alcoholic beverages permitted. For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org. Selected Shakespeare play will be determined by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and announced in early 2017.

Friday, July 7—10 a.m.
Naturalization Ceremony
In honor of the upcoming 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 8—10 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.

Wednesday, July 12—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The National Park Service and Battlefield Preservation—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series
Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era!” The National Park Service manages and interprets more preserved battlefields than any other organization in the country. How did the NPS come to be the nation’s go-to federal agency for managing some of America’s most sacred battlegrounds? Learn more about the history of Civil War battlefield preservation and the National Park Service’s important role from this presentation! 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. Speaker: Allison Powell, James A. Garfield NHS.

Friday, July 14—7 p.m.
Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table 6th Annual Speaker Symposium
Join members of the local Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table (NEOCWRT) for a free public symposium featuring speakers discussing various Civil War subjects. This is a perfect way to begin the weekend of our annual Civil War encampment! Thanks to our friends in the NEOCWRT for organizing this program for the fourth straight year! Everyone is invited to attend this event, held in the visitor center auditorium.

Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16—11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Civil War Encampment Weekend—Fee Free Days!
Back by popular demand for an eighth straight year! Enjoy a weekend Civil War 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 22—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses on James A. Garfield’s 1880 presidential campaign. Garfield ran his campaign from the home that is now James A. Garfield NHS, and it was the nation’s first-ever “front porch” campaign! Learn more on this special 90-120 minute tour that emphasizes Garfield’s selection as the Republicans’ candidate and the campaign that took place right here in Mentor, Ohio! Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations required; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, July 29—2 p.m.
Lake Effect Concert Band Performance on the Lawn
Join the newly-formed Lake Effect Concert Band on the grounds for an hour of music from President Garfield’s era—and a few contemporary tunes for good measure! The band is familiar with many of the marches and patriotic songs of the last 130 years, and you can enjoy them just as the Garfield family might have: gathered under a beautiful canapé of trees. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets! (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 5 at 2 p.m. Free of charge.

August

Saturday, August 5—10 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, August 9—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Justice Delayed: American Slavery, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series
Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era!” The Union victory in the Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction amendments to the Constitution should have guaranteed civil and political rights to African Americans. So why didn’t it work out that way, and why were Black Americans still fighting for civil rights in the 1960s and beyond? This presentation will examine Reconstruction history and try to answer these questions. 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. Speaker: Judge Paul Mitrovich, Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table.

Saturday, August 12—10 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, August 19—10 a.m.
Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour
Learn more about the Garfields’ life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blocks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield NHS! Features a “then and now” look at the Garfield family’s neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. Limited space; reservations required. Please call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Must be 16 or older and able to walk 1.5 miles with no difficulty. Tour lasts 90 minutes to two hours. Cost is $15.00 per person. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Saturday, August 26—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses on James A. Garfield’s 1880 presidential campaign. Garfield ran his campaign from the home that is now James A. Garfield NHS, and it was the nation’s first-ever “front porch” campaign! Learn more on this special 90-120 minute tour that emphasizes Garfield’s selection as the Republicans’ candidate and the campaign that took place right here in Mentor, Ohio! Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations required; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, August 26—12 p.m.-4 p.m.
National Park Service Birthday & End of Summer Festival—A Fee-Free Day!
The National Park Service turns 101 years old on Friday, August 25, so come help us mark our birthday and the end of another great summer at James A. Garfield NHS! Attendees are invited to bring along picnic baskets and enjoy lunch on the grounds, participate in kids’ activities, tour the grounds with our popular cell phone tour, and visit the inside of the Garfield home! Free of charge.


Last updated: March 26, 2017

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