August to September

August
Saturday, August 4 at 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 on 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 e-mail us or call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty. It is recommended that visitors take a regular house tour before attending any of the Special Amenity Tours.

Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. Lakeland Community College Civic Band Performance on the Lawn

Join us for our third and final outdoor concert of the summer when the Lakeland Community College Civic Band performs on the lawn behind President and Mrs. Garfield’s home! Experience live music as it was enjoyed on the Garfield property during the summer of 1880 when Garfield ran his “front porch” presidential campaign from the home. This will be the Lakeland Civic Band’s third straight year of performing here at James A. Garfield NHS! Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets! (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.)

Wednesday, August 8 at 12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: Ulysses S. Grant and the Election of 1868

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.” Ulysses S. Grant was the most revered hero of the Union after the Civil War and agreed to run for President as a Republican in 1868. This presentation will examine Grant’s stance on many issues and look at the Republican and Democratic campaigns of 1868. 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, August 11 at 11 a.m. Behind the Ropes Tour

Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! This special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows an up close and personal look at some of the home's unique artifacts. Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations are required. Please e-mail us or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.

It is recommended that visitors take a regular house tour before attending a Special Amenity Tour.


Saturday, August 11 at 1 p.m. The Garfield Home Restoration: A 20th Anniversary Retrospective
In June 1998, the Garfield home here at James A. Garfield NHS re-opened to the public after a closure of several years. During those years, the home was painstakingly restored to a historically accurate appearance from the 1886-early 20th century time period, and this is the look of the home that visitors to the site still enjoy today—two decades later! Learn more about the history of the home, the research and work that went into the restoration, and some of the improvements that have been made in the past twenty years! Free of charge.

August 18 at 10 a.m. Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour
Learn more about the Garfield’s’ 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. Must be 16 or older and able to walk 1.5 miles without difficulty. Tour lasts 90 minutes to two hours. Cost is $15.00 per person. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Saturday, August 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 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.
Sunday, August 26 at 10 a.m. Junior Behind the Scenes
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.

September
Saturday, September 1 at 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 on 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 e-mail us or call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty. It is recommended that visitors take a regular house tour before attending any of the Special Amenity Tours.
Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. Behind the Ropes Tour
Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you! This special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows an up close and personal look at some of the home's unique artifacts. Cost is $15.00 per person. Limited space; reservations are required. Please e-mail us or call 440-255-8722 for reservations. Minimum age is 16.It is recommended that visitors take a regular house tour before attending a Special Amenity Tour.
Wednesday, September 12 at 12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: The Last Surrender: The Confederate Surrender of Bennett Place, North Carolina
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!” Most people think of Robert E. Lee’s April 9, 1865 surrender at Appomattox Court House as the end of the Civil War. But did you know that the war actually lasted another two weeks? The final large scale Confederate surrender took place on April 26 at Bennett Place, North Carolina. Come to this program to learn more about the real end of 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: Rebecca Hayward, James A. Garfield NHS.
Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Naturalization Ceremony
In honor of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), 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 moving event free of charge.
Saturday, September 22 National Public Lands Day- Fee Free!
Today is National Public Lands Day and what a better way to celebrate than to visit the home of the 20th President!
Saturday, September 22 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 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, September 22 at 1 p.m. Life after President Garfield with Mrs. Lucretia Garfield
President James A. Garfield died on September 19, 1881, some 80 days after being shot by Charles Guiteau on July 2. As the nation mourned a leader struck down in his prime, Garfield’s widow, Lucretia, and their five children had to adjust to life without him. Join Mrs. Lucretia Garfield (portrayed by living historian Debbie Weinkamer) for a conversation about her family’s life in the years after President Garfield’s death. Free of charge.
Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. Historic Route 20: A Journey Across America’s Longest Highway
Join author Bryan Farr at James A. Garfield National Historic Site as he details the history of America's Longest Highway, US Route 20! You will hear how an early Native American path became the earliest postal roads to main Westward Expansion routes! Hear the tales of the road from witches to the Wild West. Find out which Presidents called 20 home and how Lincoln made history along the highway.

Books signing after the presentation. Free and open to the public!

Sunday, September 30 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. 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: July 30, 2018

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