April to May

April

Tuesday, April 2 at 12 p.m. at Skye Bistro Lawnfield Inn and Suites/ Skye Lunch and Lecture Series: This Isn't a Road Show: The Divide between Antique 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.

Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour
Have you ever wondered what's behind those closed doors inside the Garfield home? Now's your chance to find out! See rooms like the servant's quarters and the third floor, and peek into the windmill, horse barn, and carriage house. Learn about other original buildings on the site during the Garfield family's time. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the first Saturday of every month.

Wednesday, April 10 at 12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: The Lincoln Assassination (Encore)

President Abraham Lincoln went to a play at Ford’s Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865 feeling hopeful about the nation’s future. After all, Confederates under Robert E. Lee had just surrendered, and the Civil War was all but over. But during the play, John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in hopes of avenging the South, and Lincoln’s hopes for a peaceful reconstruction died with him. This program will examine the circumstances and impacts of Lincoln’s murder. This is an encore of a program originally presented in 2015. SPEAKER: Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. Behind the Ropes Tour
Have you ever seen an object in the Garfield home that you wanted to see up close? Participants are able to go behind the ropes to get an up-close and personal look at selected pieces of the Garfield collection, and go inside several rooms of the Garfield home. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the second Saturday of every month.

Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Park Week- Fee Free Day

April 20-28 is National Park Week, and all National Park Service sites across the country are free of charge today! Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!

Monday, April 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. White House Easter Monday Egg Roll- A Fee- Free Event!
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 thisd fun day that commemorates a White House tradition that was hosted by President Garfield in 1881!

May

Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. Behind the Scenes
Have you ever wondered what's behind those closed doors inside the Garfield home? Now's your chance to find out! See rooms like the servant's quarters and the third floor, and peek into the windmill, horse barn, and carriage house. Learn about other original buildings on the site during the Garfield family's time. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the first Saturday of every month.

Wednesday, May 8 at 12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library

Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: Reinventing Freedom: The Importance of the Fourteenth Amendment
Written during the tumultuous years of Andrew Johnson's presidency, the 14th Amendment was the Republican Party's policy and platform for Reconstruction. Why was an amendment to the Constitution needed to protect the civil and political rights of freedmen? Why did Republicans in Congress make ratification a condition of readmission of the seceded states? How did James Garfield assess the amendment? How has this one amendment to the Constitution changed the meaning of our basic law? The 14th Amendment has been described as "the constitutional amendment that reinvented freedom." This presentation will explore its importance at the time of ratification, and how it has remade America. SPEAKER: Joan Kapsch, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Behind the Ropes
Have you ever seen an object in the Garfield home that you wanted to see up close? Participants are able to go behind the ropes to get an up-close and personal look at selected pieces of the Garfield collection, and go inside several rooms of the Garfield home. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the second Saturday of every month.

Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour

Learn more about the Garfields' life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blicks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield National Historic Site! This tour features a "then and now" look at the Garfield family's neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older and able to walk 1.5 miles with no difficulty. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is the third Saturday of every month from May to October.

Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Architecture and Restoration Tour

Want to know more about the architecture and design of the buildings here at James A. Garfield National Historic Site? Interested in knowning how and why the current design of the Garfield home was chosen for display back in the mid-1990s? Then this tour is for you! This monthly specialty tour takes you around the property to examine design features of the Garfield home and other buildings. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the fourth Saturday of every month from May to October.

Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day

The holiday we now call Memorial Dy began after the Civil War as Decoration Day. The first national Decoration Day ceremony was at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, and the keystone speaker that day was Union veteran and member of congress James A. Garfield. Begin your Memorial Day weekend this year by learning more about Garfield's powerful speech 151 years ago. Free of charge. Speaker: Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield NHS

Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Junior Behind the Scenes Tour
So many kids want to take our popular Behind the Scenes tour that we've created this special 90-minute program just for them! Kids ages 9-15 are invited to tour our Visitor Center, barn, and windmill, along with the Garfield home's screened-in-porch and third floor during this tour! Kids will participate in several Ranger-led activities at stations throughout the Garfield property. Reservations are required. Kids are free; parents may wait in the Visitor Center to pick up kids after the tour. Reservations required; please email e-mail us or call 440 255-8722.





Last updated: March 9, 2019

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