October through December Programs

Call us at 440-255-8722 or e-mail jaga_interpretation@nps.gov to inquire about group tours or to receive a list of programs our staff can present offsite for your group or club!

October

Saturday, October 1—11 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, October 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.

Tuesday, October 11—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)

The Picturesque Rural Victorian Home—"Lunch &Lecture" Speaker Series

Following the picturesque movement and the Gothic revival in Europe, American architects shunned the simplicity of prior architectural styles, leading to the variety seen in the Carpenter Gothic style up to the "gingerbread" Victorian homes across the United States. Advances in woodworking technology and accessibility of these plans meant that even local builders and carpenters could build ornate homes. We can still see the remnants of this time in ornamental front porches and detailed woodwork in the gables of homes dating to the 1860s-1900s. Learn about the origins of Victorian architecture in the U.S. and growth in areas like Mentor, Ohio! Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

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

The Evolution of the U.S. Navy from the Civil War to the "Steel Navy": Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Lunchtime 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!" This month, learn more about the U.S. Navy's evolution from wooden warships to ironclads and the steel ships of the Garfield/Arthur era! 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.

Thursday, October 20-Saturday, October 22—6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Poe in Person: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe—A National Park Service Centennial Event

Edgar Allan Poe was America's most famous writer of the macabre, and several of his works were among the personal collection of James A. Garfield.Visit for special performances of several Poe stories and poems by David Keltz, America's foremost Poe living historian! For the first time ever, this event will be THREE nights instead of TWO! This event is intended for those 16 years and older. Cost is $15.00/per ticket per performance. Tickets are limited and required, and must be purchased in person at the Garfield site. Please call 440-255-8722 for more information.

·All 6 p.m. shows include The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart

·All 8 p.m. shows include The Raven and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Saturday, October 22—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

With the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland this year and a presidential election in the fall, this is the perfect time for this new special amenity tour focusing 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.

Sunday, October 30—10:30 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.


November

Tuesday, November 1—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Garfield Rocks!—"Lunch &Lecture" Speaker Series

Berea Sandstone is a common rock seen in the architecture of many 19th and 20th century structures in Lake and Cuyahoga Counties here in northeast Ohio. These rocks were obtained from the various local quarries that existed around the area. Learn more about how the Berea Sandstone was quarried and its use in many of the structures you may recognize at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery, as well as other structures in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Reservations required;please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites.

Saturday, November 5—11 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, November 9—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Deconstructing the Gettysburg Address: Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Lunchtime 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!"Learn more about the famous November 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address with a line-by-line deconstruction and explanation! 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.

Friday, November 11—10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Veterans Day—Fee Free Day!

The Secretary of the Interior has designated Veterans Day as a fee-free day at all National Park Service sites.Visit on Friday, November 11 during the site's normal hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) for free entrance to the site.Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free!Thank you for your service to all of America's military veterans!

Saturday, November 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, November 26—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

With the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland this year and a presidential election in the fall, this is the perfect time for this new special amenity tour focusing 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.

December

Saturday, December 3—11 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, December 6—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)

Victorian Christmas Music—"Lunch &Lecture" Speaker Series

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are back again!Christmas songs and carols are one of everyone's favorite holiday traditions, and that was the case in Victorian America as well.Come join two of our staff's most musically-inclined staff members—Rangers Mary and Alan—for a fun and educational sing-a-long!You'll learn not only the songs themselves, but also the origins of some of the most famous and beloved Christmas and holiday tunes.Reservations required;please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations.Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn &Suites.

Saturday, December 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.

Wednesday, December 14—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Lee's "Old War Horse:" General James Longstreet: Leaders &Legacies of the Civil War Era Lunchtime 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!"This month's program will feature a biography of General James Longstreet, one of the Confederacy's most accomplished but also most controversial generals! 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.

Saturday, December 17—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

With the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland this year and a presidential election in the fall, this is the perfect time for this new special amenity tour focusing 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.

Last updated: November 11, 2016

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