September - December programs 2015


September

Saturday, September 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, September 9—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Lake County in the Civil War: Major Battles &Topics of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles and Topics of the Civil War!" Learn more about Lake County, Ohio's role in the war! How many of our local boys served in the war? What were their experiences and stories? 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, September 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.

Thursday, September 17—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 (Lake County Chapter), 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 19—10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commemoration of the U.S. Air Force Birthday

James A. Garfield NHS is proud to mark the birthdays of each armed service, and the U.S.
Air Force's birthday is September 18! A table sponsored by the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS will be set up containing information about the history and traditions of the Air Force. Free of charge.

Saturday, September 19—11 a.m.
James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, September 26—10 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Public Lands Day—A Fee-Free Day!

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.Tour the Garfield home, enjoy the museum exhibits and film, walk the grounds, and learn more than you ever thought possible about Mentor's own President Garfield! Free of charge; no entrance fees charged at any National Park Service sites on Public Lands Day!

Saturday, September 26—1 p.m.
The Funeral of President James A. Garfield

President Garfield's funeral was held in Cleveland 134 years ago today: September 26,
1881. Learn more about what one scholar called "the funeral of the century," an event that was larger even than President Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral. This talk will be presented in the visitor center auditorium.Free of charge.

Saturday, September 26—2 p.m.
The History of the Garfield Memorial in Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery

President and Mrs. James A. Garfield are interred in a large, beautiful structure in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. On this 134th anniversary of the President's funeral, a representative of Lake View Cemetery will be here to discuss the history of the Garfield Memorial, including the nationwide effort to raise funds to construct it! Free of charge.

Sunday, September 27—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.

October


Saturday, October 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, October 6—12 p.m. at Skye Restaurant (8434 Mentor Avenue)
James A. Garfield: Passionate Reader—Lawnfield Lunch and Lecture Series

James A. Garfield was a devoted reader of books on all different subjects. Learn more about what he liked to read and the thousands of books displayed in the home and Memorial Library at James A. Garfield NHS! Reservation required; please call Skye Restaurant at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites at 8434 Mentor Avenue, just a few blocks east of James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, October 10—10 a.m.-5p.m.
Commemoration of the U.S. Navy Birthday

James A. Garfield NHS is proud to mark the birthdays of each armed service, and the U.S.
Navy's birthday is October 13! A table sponsored by the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS will be set up and offer information about the history and traditions of the Navy. Free of charge.

Saturday, October 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, October 14—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The Controversial Civil War Career of Gen. George B. McClellan: Major Battles &Topics of the
Civil War
Lunchtime Speaker Series—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles & Topics of the Civil War!" Few generals—Union or Confederate—were as important and controversial as Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan. Learn more about McClellan's
background and experience, and decide for yourself if history has judged him fairly or unfairly! Presented by John Sandy of the Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table. 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, October 17—11 a.m.
James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24—6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

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 to see the Garfield home at night but
especially for special performances of several Poe stories and poems by David Keltz, America's foremost Poe living historian. This event is intended for those 16 and older.Cost is $15.00 per ticket per performance. Tickets are limited and required. Please call 440-255-8722 for more information or to reserve tickets. Tickets go on
sale beginning Thursday, October 1.

Sunday, October 25—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 3—12 p.m. A Garfield Family Album—Lawnfield Lunch and Lecture Series

Did you know there are still hundreds of descendants of President and Mrs. James A. Garfield alive today?Many of them still live right here in the Cleveland area! This presentation will focus on explaining the Garfield family tree, both past and present! Reservation required; please call Skye Restaurant at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites at 8434 Mentor Avenue, just a few blocks east of James A. Garfield NHS.

Friday, November 6—4 p.m.-8 p.m.
James A. Garfield Symposium Session—"Garfield in Washington"

In partnership with the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS, the site is pleased to co-host the second annual James A. Garfield Symposium!The theme of this year's event is "Garfield in Washington." The Friday session is at James A. Garfield NHS and will feature a tour of the Garfield home and a catered reception.For more information or to register, please contact the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS at friendsofJamesAGarfieldNHS@gmail.com. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Saturday, November 7—8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
James A. Garfield Symposium—"Garfield in Washington"

In partnership with the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS, the site is pleased to co-host the second annual James A. Garfield Symposium!The theme of this year's event is "Garfield in Washington."The Saturday sessions are at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland and will feature multiple sessions on various topics related to Garfield's years in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, please contact the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS at FriendsofJamesAGarfieldNHS@gmail.com. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Saturday, November 7—10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commemoration of the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

James A. Garfield NHS is proud to mark the birthdays of each armed service, and the U.S.
Marine Corp's birthday is November 10! A table sponsored by the Friends of James A. Garfield NHS will be set up and offer information about the history and traditions of the Marine Corps. Free of charge.

Saturday, November 7—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, November 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 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, November 18—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The "Lost Cause" and Civil War Memory: Major Battles &Topics of the Civil War Lunchtime
Speaker Series—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS staff and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles & Topics of the Civil War!" (This program held on the third Wednesday this year since the second Wednesday—Nov. 11—is Veterans Day.) Learn more about the different ways people remember and interpret the Civil War: the "Lost Cause" of the Confederacy, the triumph of emancipation, and more! 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, November 21 —11 a.m.
James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.



December

Tuesday, December 1—12 p.m.
Holiday Music in Wartime—Lawnfield Lunch and Lecture Series

The holiday season is here again!The winter holidays are always particularly important and difficult during wartime. Learn about some of the most poignant holiday songs from the Civil War era, World War II, and others! Singing of some of the songs will be featured. Reservation required; please call Skye Restaurant at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites at 8434 Mentor Avenue, just a few blocks east of James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, December 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, December 9—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Notorious Prisons of the Civil War: Major Battles &Topics of the Civil War Lunchtime Speaker Series—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

Join James A. Garfield NHS and volunteers at Mentor Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a new talk on "Major Battles and Topics of the Civil War!"This month's program will look at some of the war's most infamous Union and Confederate prison camps and the living conditions endured by prisoners. 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 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, December 19—11 a.m.
James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour—A Civil War 150th Anniversary Program

This informative program is a must for both casual and dedicated Civil War buffs. It explores James A. Garfield's Civil War service to the Union, including his roles at the battles of Middle Creek and Chickamauga. This 90-minute tour begins in the visitor center and then proceeds to the Garfield home and emphasizes Garfield's time as a soldier. Cost is $15.00 per person. Reservations recommended; please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Last updated: August 29, 2015

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