September- November Events

September

Saturday, September 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 call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Saturday, September 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 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, September 13—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Political Satire of the Reconstruction Era—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era 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!” “The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. This is especially true when it comes to covering politics, and never was that more apparent than during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Learn more about political cartoons and satire used by political parties and journalists of all ideologies during this critical period in American history! 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, September 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 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.

Friday, September 22—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 23—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses 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.

Saturday, September 30—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 30—1 p.m.
Feisty, Fearless, and Fabulous: The Ladies of Ohio
Enjoy this informative and free public program on Public Lands Day! Did you know Victoria Woodhull was the first female to run for president-in 1872! Come meet the first woman to have a stock brokerage firm, start a newspaper, and address Congress. She will certainly get your vote! Also, Helen Taft from Cincinnati wants to be here for Public Lands Day; she loved those Japanese cherry blossom trees! Join us for an entertaining and educational presentation about several important historical ladies from Ohio. Presented by Susan Cannavino.


October

Tuesday, October 3—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)
Mourning Assassinated Presidents—Lunch & Lecture Series
Learn more about the processes and practices involved in the death of a President of the United States killed by an assassin. We will discuss the Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy memorial services and how the nation was affected by and reacted to all four tragic deaths. Reservation required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites. Speaker: Matt Jones, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, October 7—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 call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.


Wednesday, October 11—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
Commodore John Carter, United States Navy—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era 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, in honor of the Navy’s October 13 birthday, learn more about the life and career of U.S. Navy Commodore John Carter from a reenactor portraying Carter himself! 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: Ed Keyse, Civil War reenactor.

Wednesday, October 11—7 p.m. at Lakeland Community College Performing Arts Center (7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio) Author Program and Book Signing: Alexandra Zapruder, author of “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”

Join us for a fascinating presentation from author Alexandra Zapruder! She is the granddaughter of Abraham Zapruder, the Dallas businessman who recorded President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Learn more about her grandfather, the famous Zapruder film, and the effect the film had and continues to have on her family. As horrible as we know President Garfield’s assassination was, no images or recordings of it exist. Ms. Zapruder will discuss both the highs and lows of being related to the home movie enthusiast that inadvertently captured the murder of President Kennedy on film. She will sign copies of her book Twenty-Six Seconds after the program. The book will be available for purchase in our Eastern National bookstore leading up to the program, and at Lakeland the evening of the program. Funding for this event generously provided by Ohio Humanities; Eastern National; and the Lakeland Foundation. PLEASE NOTE: Due to high public interest and demand, this program will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, just a few miles from James A. Garfield NHS.


Saturday, October 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.

Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21—6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Poe in Person: 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 the site 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 years and older. Cost is $15.00/ticket per performance. Tickets are limited and required. Please call 440-255-8722 for more information.

Saturday, October 21—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 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.

Friday, October 27—7 p.m.
Author Program & Book Signing: Lindsey Fitzharris, author of “The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine”
Joseph Lister was a British doctor that first proposed and confirmed the existence of germs. American doctors—including those treating President Garfield after he was shot—were slow to accept Lister’s theories and introduced a fatal infection into his body. Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris is the creator and host of the popular You Tube medical history series “Under the Knife,” and in The Butchering Art she conjures up early operating theaters―no place for the squeamish―and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. She will sign copies of her book The Butchering Art after the program. Book will be available for purchase in our Eastern National bookstore. This program is free to the public!

Saturday, October 28—10 a.m.
Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour
This special amenity tour focuses 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.



November

Saturday, November 4—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 call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steps without difficulty.

Tuesday, November 7—12 p.m. at Skye Bistro (8434 Mentor Avenue)
Louis Tiffany’s Interiors—Lunch & Lecture Series
Son of a wealthy designer, Louis C. Tiffany expanded and created his own style. This presentation will explore Tiffany’s art and his work to make interior designs, beautiful stained glass, and more for the wealthy and middle class alike. Learn more about some of the Tiffany-inspired pieces in the Garfield home as well! Reservations required; please call Skye at 440-974-3572 to make reservations. Skye located inside Lawnfield Inn & Suites. Speaker: Jessica Beam, James A. Garfield NHS.

Wednesday, November 8—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)
The National Park Service and Battlefield Preservation—Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era 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!” The National Park Service manages and interprets more preserved battlefields than any other organization in the country. How did the NPS come to be the nation’s go-to federal agency for managing some of America’s most sacred battlegrounds? Learn more about the history of Civil War battlefield preservation and the National Park Service’s important role from this presentation! 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: Allison Powell, James A. Garfield NHS.

Saturday, 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 11—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.

Sunday, November 19—8:30 a.m.
2nd Annual Garfield Gallop 5K Race: A City of Mentor Special Event
Runners from far and wide are invited to participate in the 2nd annual Garfield Gallop 5K! This race is sponsored by the City of Mentor and Second Sole of Mentor and will begin and end in front of the Garfield home on Mentor Avenue on James Garfield’s 186th birthday: Sunday, November 19! Race participants and their families are invited to visit James A. Garfield NHS after the race! Runners must register with the City of Mentor; visit www.garfieldgallop.com for more information.


 

Last updated: October 12, 2017

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