May to July

May
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.

June


Saturday, June 2—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.

Saturday, June 9—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, June 10- 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 13- 12 p.m. Mentor Public Library
Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series:
Burying the Dead: The Aftermath of a Civil War Battle


The aftermath of a Civil War battle was often both depressing and dangerous. Dead bodies, wounded soldiers, and even dead horses and other animals littered the fields. Learn more about the treatment of wounded men, burying the dead, and other details! The program is free; please call Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 to reserve your spot. Speaker: Jessica Beam, James A. Garfield NHS.


Saturday, June 16—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, June 16- 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The Garfield Double Wedding: A 130th Anniversary Commemoration
One June 14, 1888, two of President and Mrs. Garfield's children married their respective fiancees in a special double wedding ceremony in the Garfield home's Memorial Library. Commemorate this special day with tours that highlight the double wedding. See the Garfield home decorated as it was 130 years ago and imagine yourself as a guest at this very joyous occassion! Regular house tour fee of $10 per person (16 and over) applies.

Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
University Heights Symphonic Band Performance on the Lawn

Join us for a beautiful 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 second straight year. 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 23—10 a.m.
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.

Sunday, June 24—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.

Saturday, June 30- 7 p.m.
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Preforms Outdoor Shakespeare 'Troilus and Cressida'

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 in the great outdoors as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents Troilus and Cressida on the expansive lawn behind the Garfield home! The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is 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.

July

Friday, July 6- 10 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony


In honor of the recent 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 is planned in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Citizenship and Immigrations 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 —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, July 11- 12 p.m. Mentor Public Library
Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: History of the Medal of Honor

The United States had few awards for bravery when the Civil War began, but that changed in 1862 when President Lincoln approved creation of the Medal of Honor- now the nation's highest award for military valor. Learn more about the history of the Medal and some of the most notable Civil War recipients. The program is free; please call Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 to reserve your spot. Speaker: Jessica Beam, James A. Garfield NHS.

Friday, July 20- 7 p.m.
Northeast Ohio Civil War Roundtable 7th Annual Speaker Symposium

Join members of the Northeast Ohio Civil War Roundtable (NEOCWRT) for a free public symposium featuring speakers discussing various 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 seventh straight year! Everyone is invited to attend this event, held in the Visitor Center auditorium. Speakers: Historians/Park Service Rangers Dan Vermilya and Matt Atkinson. Free of charge.

Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22- 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Civil War Ecampment Weekend- Fee Free Days!


Back by popular demand for a ninth straight year! Enjoy a weekend Civil War encampment on the grounds of President Garfield's home. Learn 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.


Saturday, July 28- 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, July 28- 2 p.m.
Lake Effect Concert Band Performance on the Lawn


Join the Lake Effect Concert Band on the grounds for an hour of music from President Garfield's era and a few contemporary tunes. 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 canopy of trees. Feel free tom bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets. (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. free of charge.

Sunday, July 29- 8:30 a.m.
A City of Mentor Special Event: Third Annual Garfield Gallop 5 K Race

Runners from far and wide are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Garfield Gallop 5K! The race is sponsored by the city of Mentor and Second Sole of Mentor and will begin and end on the grounds of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Race participants and their families are invited to visit James A. Garfield NHS after the race! Runners must register, please visit www.garfieldgallop.com for more information.

Last updated: May 19, 2018

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