JAGA Programs

WEEKLY:

Youth Tour of the Garfield Home
Every Saturday at noon
Youth are invited to participate in a special tour of the Garfield Home. Geared towards preschoolers – age 8, children focus on the Garfield family and how they lived in the 1880s. Parent must accompany child. Entrance fee is $5/person, and youth 15 and under are free.

MONTHLY:

Behind the Scenes Tour
First Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. Explore various areas of the Garfield Home and property not shown on the standard house tour, including the basement and third floor of the main house, four floors of the reconstructed windmill, and other outbuildings. Guests are expected to walk and stair climb without difficulty. Appropriate footwear is required – no flip flops or sandals please. Tour is about 2 hours, and is $15/person. Minimum age is 16 years old. Please call ahead for reservations, (440) 255-8722. Dates for 2010 Behind the Scenes tours are: 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour
Third Saturday of every month @ 11am
This informative tour is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. Park Guide Scott Longert explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield Home, emphasizing Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Dates for 2010 Civil War Tours are: 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR 2010:

All programs are free unless otherwise noted. There is a $5 entrance fee to view the museum, park movie and tour of President Garfield's home.

February

“American Icons:” Presidents and First Ladies Look-a-Like Contest at the Great Lakes Mall, Mentor, Ohio
Saturday, February 14 - 1 p.m.
Look like Ike? Thinkin’ you look like Lincoln? In a rush to look like Bush? Got a hintin’ you resemble Clinton? James A. Garfield NHS kicks off its Presidents Day events with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to show off which president or first lady YOU resemble! Come dressed as your favorite president or first lady, from the Washingtons to the Obamas and everyone in between! Prizes, trivia, and more! Free of charge. The Great Lakes Mall is located at 7850 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060. Please call 440-255-8722 for more information or to register, or click HERE for an online registration form.

Sunday Program Series: The History Channel’s “The Presidents”
Sunday, February 14 - 1 p.m.
The Sunday Program Series continues and helps us get ready for Presidents Days with a special showing of two hours of the History Channel’s series The Presidents. The featured episode will cover the life and administration of James A. Garfield and several other Chief Executives. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

President’s Day Commemoration—A Fee-Free Day!
Monday, February 15—10 a.m.-3 p.m.
In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of James A. Garfield’s 1880 campaign, celebrate President’s Day at his home! Participate in a presidential trivia game, learn about James A. Garfield’s presidential campaign and administration, tour the Garfield home, and many more activities in honor of President’s Day! Games and prizes available for children! Free of charge.

March

Sunday Program Series: Mayor Eleanor Garfield: A Women’s History Month Commemoration
March 7—2 p.m.
Learn more about Eleanor Garfield, Mentor businesswoman…granddaughter-in-law of President James A. Garfield…resident of Lawnfield…and Mayor of Mentor! Many local citizens have vivid and fond memories of Mayor Garfield, so come learn more about her! Local historian Kathie Pohl, Eleanor’s son Bobby Garfield, and former Mentor area developer Ray Dawson will jointly present this talk in honor of March’s designation as Women’s History Month. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

The Garfields of Mentor: A 30th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, March 28—2 p.m.
James A. Garfield NHS celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2010! Congress passed legislation designating the site on December 28, 1980, transferring ownership to the National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior). We will host four special programs throughout 2010 commemorating this important anniversary. This presentation will trace the history of the Garfields’ ownership of the property nicknamed “Lawnfield” and explain how the site evolved from a presidential family home to a national historic site. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

April

The Easter Monday Egg Roll—A Fee-Free Day!
Monday, April 5—1 p.m.
Join in the re-creation of a grand White House tradition: the Easter egg roll on the lawn! This is one tradition that—despite a brief tenure in office—President Garfield participated in at Easter 1881. Participate in the egg roll relay, play games, and see original memorabilia from White House Easter egg rolls of the past! Kids of all ages are invited to visit the site to roll provided wooden eggs on the vast lawn behind the Garfield home. Free of charge.

Sunday Program Series: Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
Sunday, April 11—2 p.m.
The Sunday program series continues with a presentation on the life of Lucretia Garfield: wife, mother, grandmother, First Lady, landowner, and family matriarch. This program will be held in honor of Mrs. Garfield’s April 19 birthday. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

Civil War Reenactor Spring Drills
Saturday, April 17—10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join area Civil War reenactors from Company A of the 5th Texas Infantry (C.S.A.) as they conduct annual spring drills on the grounds of President Garfield’s home. Marching, loading and firing muskets, and other common tasks of Civil War soldiers will be demonstrated. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

May

Sunday Program Series: The Rise of the Early Republican Party, 1854-1860
Sunday, May 2—2 p.m.
The Republican Party was nearly three decades old by the time it elected James A. Garfield president in 1880. What led to the creation of the party in 1854, and how did it rise from a small Midwestern coalition to a powerful national party controlling Congress and the presidency just six years later? Learn more about the early Republicans and the rise of Abraham Lincoln at this Sunday afternoon program. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

Civil War Reenactor Spring Drills
Saturday, May 15—10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join area Civil War reenactors from several different units as they conduct annual spring drills on the grounds of President Garfield’s home. Marching, loading and firing muskets, and other common tasks of Civil War soldiers will be demonstrated. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

Restoring Lawnfield: A 30th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 23—2 p.m.
This second of four 30th anniversary events will highlight the late-1990s restoration of the Garfield home at James A. Garfield NHS. The event will begin with a talk in the auditorium that will include “before and after” images of the house. Attendees will then take a special tour of the house itself to get a first-hand look at restoration details. The talk portion of the program is free, but those wishing to take the special house tour will be subject to the site’s regular $5.00/person entrance fee for those 16 and over.

June

SPECIAL EXHIBIT! Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era
June 1-30
In commemoration of the approaching 150th anniversary of the Civil War, James A. Garfield NHS will host this special traveling exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History showing various depictions of Abraham Lincoln from political cartoons of the day. WARNING: some of these cartoons use racial terms that some may find offensive. However, we present the exhibit in the interest of education and furthering understanding of the political divisions that led to civil war over the existence of slavery in the United States. Seeing this exhibit is free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

SPECIAL EXHIBIT! Diorama of the Battle of Chickamauga
June 1-September 30
James A. Garfield NHS is proud to host a grittily realistic diorama of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga, by far the most well-known engagement in which Union General James A. Garfield participated. This beautiful piece of art was made especially for the site by renowned local artist Bert Floyd. Viewing the diorama is free; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
Saturday, June 12—1 p.m.
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.

Sunday Program Series: “The 1860 Republican Convention” Readers’ Theater
Sunday, June 13—2 p.m.
James A. Garfield went to the June 1860 Republican convention in Chicago to nominate fellow Ohioan John Sherman for president. When the convention ended, Garfield himself was the party’s surprise nominee. Learn more about what happened in Chicago from a unique play about the convention. Audience members will be the actors and be given parts to read. Come for an educational and fun program in which YOU might play the part of a newspaper reporter, a Congressman, or a convention delegate! Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee). NOTE: This program may be adapted for use by high school/college drama programs or for presentation at off-site locations. Ask for details!

July

SPECIAL EXHIBIT! Diorama of the Battle of Chickamauga
June 1-September 30
James A. Garfield NHS is proud to host a grittily realistic diorama of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga, by far the most well-known engagement in which Union General James A. Garfield participated. This beautiful piece of art was made especially for the site by renowned local artist Bert Floyd. Viewing the diorama is free; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

Naturalization Ceremony
Thursday, July 1—10 a.m.
As the Fourth of July approaches, 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 uniquely American event free of charge.

Sunday Program Series Program
Sunday, July 11—2 p.m.
Details forthcoming…

Lawnfield Ice Cream Social: A 30th Anniversary Celebration—A Fee-Free Day!
Sunday, July 18—1 p.m.
For the third of four events marking the 30th anniversary of James A. Garfield NHS, we invite everyone to enjoy ice cream, period games, music, and conversation on the lawn behind the Garfield home! This is the return of a tradition at Lawnfield, and the site’s 30th birthday is a perfect time to bring it back! Free of charge.

Evening Campfire Program
Saturday, July 24—7 p.m.
Sit around the campfire and enjoy a traditional National Park Service program on the grounds of James A. Garfield NHS! Program details forthcoming…

Old Village Market
Friday, July 30—4 p.m.-8 p.m.
This collaboration between the City of Mentor and James A. Garfield NHS is a farmer’s market on the grounds of the Garfield property. Locally grown produce, arts and crafts, food, and other products are for sale by dozens of vendors. Music, special exhibits, and tours of the Garfield home and museum are also available. It’s the market with a festival atmosphere!

Civil War Encampment
Saturday, July 31—10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is rapidly approaching! Get ready with a weekend encampment on the grounds of President Garfield’s home. Civil War reenactors representing both Union and Confederate troops will march, drill, and fire muskets. Visiting the encampment is free of charge; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

August

SPECIAL EXHIBIT! Diorama of the Battle of Chickamauga
June 1-September 30
James A. Garfield NHS is proud to host a grittily realistic diorama of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga, by far the most well-known engagement in which Union General James A. Garfield participated. This beautiful piece of art was made especially for the site by renowned local artist Bert Floyd. Viewing the diorama is free; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

Civil War Encampment
Sunday, August 1—10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is rapidly approaching! Get ready with a weekend encampment on the grounds of President Garfield’s home. Civil War reenactors representing both Union and Confederate troops will march, drill, and fire muskets. Visiting the encampment is free of charge; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

Old Village Market
Friday, August 6—4 p.m.-8 p.m.
This collaboration between the City of Mentor and James A. Garfield NHS is a farmer’s market on the grounds of the Garfield property. Locally grown produce, arts and crafts, food, and other products are for sale by dozens of vendors. Music, special exhibits, and tours of the Garfield home and museum are also available. It’s the market with a festival atmosphere!

Sunday Program Series
Sunday, August 8—2 p.m.
Program details forthcoming…

Old Village Market
Friday, August 13—4 p.m.-8 p.m.
This collaboration between the City of Mentor and James A. Garfield NHS is a farmer’s market on the grounds of the Garfield property. Locally grown produce, arts and crafts, food, and other products are for sale by dozens of vendors. Music, special exhibits, and tours of the Garfield home and museum are also available. It’s the market with a festival atmosphere! Free of charge.

Old Village Market
Friday, August 20—4 p.m.-8 p.m.
This collaboration between the City of Mentor and James A. Garfield NHS is a farmer’s market on the grounds of the Garfield property. Locally grown produce, arts and crafts, food, and other products are for sale by dozens of vendors. Music, special exhibits, and tours of the Garfield home and museum are also available. It’s the market with a festival atmosphere! Free of charge.

Evening Campfire Program
Saturday, August 21—7 p.m.
Sit around the campfire and enjoy a traditional National Park Service program on the grounds of James A. Garfield NHS! Program details forthcoming…

September

SPECIAL EXHIBIT! Diorama of the Battle of Chickamauga
June 1-September 30
James A. Garfield NHS is proud to host a grittily realistic diorama of the Civil War battle of Chickamauga, by far the most well-known engagement in which Union General James A. Garfield participated. This beautiful piece of art was made especially for the site by renowned local artist Bert Floyd. Viewing the diorama is free; anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee.

Sunday Program Series
Sunday, September 12—2 p.m.
Program details forthcoming…

Naturalization Ceremony
Friday, September 17—10 a.m.
On Constitution Day, 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.

Commemoration of President Garfield’s Death
Sunday, September 19—1 p.m.-4 p.m. President Garfield died of assassin-inflicted wounds on September 19, 1881. Mark the 129th anniversary of his death with special programming at James A. Garfield NHS. Additional details forthcoming…

National Public Lands Day—A Fee-Free Day! Saturday, September 25—10 a.m.-4 p.m. National Public Lands Day is set aside each year for Americans to reflect on and celebrate national parks, fish and wildlife refuges, national forests, and other areas set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.

Treasures of Lawnfield: The Museum Collection at James A. Garfield NHS—A 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 25—2 p.m.
Did you know that 80% of the artifacts on display at James A. Garfield NHS are original to the Garfield family and that this collection is one of the country’s most complete collections of presidential artifacts? This final 30th anniversary program will discuss some of the true gems of the site’s museum collection and includes a talk in the auditorium and then a special tour of the Garfield home to see many of them first-hand. Free of charge.

October

Sunday Program Series Program
Sunday, October 10—2 p.m.
Details forthcoming…

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Saturday, October 30—6:30 p.m. 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 a special evening house tour and a reading of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart…in James A. Garfield’s parlor! This event is intended for those 16 years and older. Cost is $15.00/person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722 for more information or to make reservations.

November

Presidential Speaker Series
Sunday, November 7—2 p.m.
This marks the return of our popular autumn lecture series featuring prominent historians and authors discussing various aspects of the lives and careers of the presidents. Additional details forthcoming…

James A. Garfield Birthday Commemoration Program
Saturday, November 13—1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Details forthcoming…

Presidential Speaker Series/Sunday Program Series
Sunday, November 14—2 p.m.
Program details forthcoming…

Presidential Speaker Series
Sunday, November 21—2 p.m.
Program details forthcoming…

December

Sunday Program Series: Holiday Stories of the Victorian Era
Sunday, December 12—2 p.m.
Visit to hear renditions of several popular holiday stories of the Victorian era, including Longfellow’s I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Clement Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Free of charge (though anyone 16 and over wishing to tour the Garfield home or exhibits is subject to the regular $5.00 entrance fee).

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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