Special Summer Programs

Saturday, June 25—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

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 tour that emphasizes the 1880 campaign and go behind the public barriers in the historic campaign office behind the Garfield home! Because this is the debut of this new tour, it is free of charge (standard specialty tour fees will apply for this tour beginning in July).Reservations recommended for this 90 –120 minute tour;please call 440-255-8722. Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, July 9—2 p.m.

The 1880 Republican Convention: A Readers' Theater Production

Come re-live the exciting and unpredictable 1880 Republican Convention in Chicago that nominated James A. Garfield on the 36th ballot. In a readers' theater production, the audience members are the cast, so be ready to read the part of a delegate, reporter, or even Garfield himself! Free of charge.

Friday, July 15—7 p.m.

Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table 4th Annual Speaker Symposium

Join members of the local Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table (NEOCWRT) for a free public symposium featuring speakers discussing 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 fourth straight year!Everyone is invited to attend this event, held in the visitor center auditorium.Free of charge.

Saturday, July 16 &Sunday, July 17—11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Civil War Encampment—Fee Free Days!A National Park Service Centennial Event

Enjoy a weekend Civil War encampment on the grounds of President Garfield's home.Learn more about camp life, the experience of battle, and future President James A. Garfield's experiences fighting for the Union.Includes family-friendly activities focused on the Civil War. The Garfield home will be open to the public both days.Special activities Saturday night, July 16.All activities and programs are free of charge.

Saturday Evening, July 16 programs beginning at 6 p.m.:

·6 p.m. - Presentation by John Fazio, author of 'Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln'

·7:45 p.m. - Campfire Program: 'The Life of the Civil War Soldier'

·8:30 p.m. - Outdoor Showing of the movie 'Glory'

Monday, July 18—7:30 p.m.

Special Outdoor Showing of PBS American Experience documentary 'Murder of a President,' featuring director Rob Rapley

PBS broadcast the American Experience documentary Murder of a President to great acclaim in February 2016.The film chronicles James A. Garfield's rise to the presidency and tragic assassination.RNC attendees and the general public are invited to come enjoy an evening showing of the film outside on the lawn of President and Mrs. Garfield's home!Rob Rapley, the director of the documentary, will be here to speak and answer your questions about the film!Mr. Rapley will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.Film will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. or as soon as it is dark enough to see on screen.Free of charge.

Tuesday, July 19—7 p.m.

Author Talk and Book Signing: Stan M. Haynes, author of 'President-Making in the Gilded Age: The Nominating Conventions of 1876-1900'

With the Republican National Convention just down the road in Cleveland, this is a perfect event to host at James A. Garfield NHS!Mr. Haynes, an attorney from Baltimore, Maryland, will be on hand to discuss the 1880 Republican convention that nominated James A. Garfield and several other conventions of the era as well.Free of charge;books available to purchase in our Eastern National bookstore.

Wednesday, July 20—5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Evening Tours of the Garfield Home

James A. Garfield NHS will stay open late this evening so RNC families and media (and anyone else, too!) can visit and take the guided tour of the Garfield home.The home is uniquely beautiful at night, so come walk the grounds and go through the last house the Garfields lived in before leaving Mentor, Ohio for the White House in 1881.Regular guided tour fee applies ($7.00 per person ages 16 and over;15 and under are free).

Saturday, July 23—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

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 tour that emphasizes the 1880 campaign and go behind the public barriers in the historic campaign office behind the Garfield home! Cost is $15.00 per person for this 90-120 minute tour.Reservations recommended;please call 440-255-8722.Minimum age is 16.

Saturday, August 6—2 p.m.

Author Talk and Book Signing: Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko, authors of 'The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections'

Just after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, come enjoy this presentation by political scientists Devine and Kopko.Using statistical analysis and research, they explore just how important (or unimportant) the choice of a running mate is inpresidential elections…including 1880, when James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur were the Republican nominees!They will be available to sign copies of their book after the program.Free of charge.

Last updated: June 2, 2016

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Mentor, OH 44060

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