April to May

March

Saturday, March 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 e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Tuesday, March 6—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: Clara Barton & Dr. Mary Walker: Influential Women of the Civil War Era

In honor of March’s designation as Women’s History Month, learn about two influential and fascinating women: Clara Barton, nurse and founder of the American Red Cross; and Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a physician and the ONLY female recipient of the Medal of Honor! Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites. Speaker: Matt Jones, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, March 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 some of the home’s unique artifacts up close. 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 e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, March 10—1 p.m.

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield—A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Her Death

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield was just 49 years old when her husband, President James A. Garfield, died. Mrs. Garfield lived more than 36 years after the President’s death. She died at age 85 on March 13, 1918. Learn more about her life, death, and funeral as we mark the centennial of Mrs. Garfield’s passing and honor her memory here at the home and property she loved. Free of charge.


Wednesday, March 14—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue) Ambrose Burnside: An Innovator in Firearms and Facial Hair—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!” Ambrose Everett Burnside is most commonly known for his service as a Major General in the Union army during the Civil War and his trendsetting decisions on his magnificently bewhiskered face. But did you know that he was a trailblazer in other aspects of his life as well—particularly firearms? Learn more about his inventive side and postwar political career. 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: Matt Jones, James A. Garfield NHS.

April

Monday, April 2—1 p.m.-3 p.m.

White House Easter Monday Egg Roll—A Fee-Free Day!

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.

Tuesday, April 3—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Lunch and Lecture Series: A Snowbird’s Tale: Lucretia Rudolph Garfield in Southern California

Lucretia Garfield spent much of her post-First Lady life here in Mentor, Ohio, but she also spent many winters in South Pasadena, California. First-person presenter Debbie Weinkamer will appear as Mrs. Garfield to tell you more about her life as a southern California snowbird! Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites. Speaker: Debbie Weinkamer, Lead Volunteer, James A. Garfield NHS

Saturday, April 7—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 e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, April 11—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Prelude to Sumter: Leaders & Legacies of the Mexican-American War—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!” Many of the most famous soldiers on both sides of the Civil War first experienced combat in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War. Learn more about their experiences in Mexico and how they prepared these men to fight each other in the Civil War. 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 Lintern, Volunteer, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, April 14—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 some of the home’s unique artifacts up close. Always wanted to see further into some of the home’s most beautiful rooms? ThenBehind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, April 21—10 a.m.-5 p.m.

National Park Week—Fee-Free Day!

April 14-22 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!

May

Saturday, May 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 required; please e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Wednesday, May 9—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

James A. Garfield & the First Decoration Day—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 nation’s first national Decoration Day ceremony took place in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, and the keynote speaker was none other than our own James A. Garfield! Learn more about the history of what we now call Memorial Day and also what Garfield had to say that day. 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, May 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 some of the home’s unique artifacts up close. Always wanted to see further into some of the home’s most beautiful rooms? ThenBehind the Ropes is the tour for you! Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations required. Please e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, May 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 e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or 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 26—10 a.m.

Garfield Property Architecture & Restoration Tour

Want to know more about the architecture and design of the buildings here at James A. Garfield NHS? Interested in knowing 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 e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older.

Saturday, May 26—1 p.m.

Author Program and Book Signing: Brian Matthew Jordan, author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War

For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veterans-tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions-tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees, and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche. This program will be a powerful and meaningful way to begin your Memorial Day weekend. Program is free of charge; book for sale in our Eastern National bookstore.

Sunday, May 27—10 a.m.-5 p.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. Tour takes place several times throughout the day; please e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov or call 440-255-8722 for more information or to make reservations. Reservations are required. Kids are free; parents may wait in the visitor center to pick up kids after the tour.

Last updated: April 7, 2018

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060

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