Summer 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!

June

Saturday, June 4—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, June 8—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

'Trying to be a Radical and not a Fool': James A. Garfield in the Civil War &Reconstruction—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!"In June, learn more about James A. Garfield's service in the Union army and Congress during the Civil War and Reconstruction!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, June 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.

Saturday, June 11—1 p.m.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

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.

Saturday, June 18—11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour

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, June 18—12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Picnic in the Park for International Picnic Day: A National Park Service Centennial Event

June 18 is International Picnic Day!Everyone is encouraged to visit James A. Garfield NHS for a tour of the Garfield home as always, but today we're inviting everyone to bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy a "Picnic in the Park" as part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration!The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, so we're 100 years old this year!Back up your picnic basket and head to James A. Garfield NHS to make International Picnic Day and help us celebrate our 100th birthday!Free of charge.(Picnic tables are available to visitors every day at James A. Garfield NHS;picnic baskets and meals are welcomed at any time.No alcoholic beverages permitted.)

Saturday, June 25—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 specialty 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!Because this is the debut of this new tour, it is free of charge;standard special amenity fee of $15 will apply for this tour beginning in July.Reservations recommended;please call 440-255-8722.Minimum age is 16.

Sunday, June 26—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.

July

Friday, July 1—10 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony: A National Park Service Centennial Event

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July, 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.

Saturday, July 2—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, July 2—7 p.m.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Performs 'Richard II': A National Park Service Centennial Event

Several of Shakespeare's plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. This evening, enjoy Shakespeare "au natural"—in the great outdoors—as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents Richard II.The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the one of the nation's largest free outdoor Shakespearean companies.No reservations are required and the performance is FREE.Feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner!No alcoholic beverages permitted.For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org.

Saturday, July 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.

Saturday, July 9—2 p.m.

The 1880 Republican Convention: A Readers' Theater Production

The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland is just 10 days away!To get ready, come re-live the exciting and unpredictable 1880 Republican Convention in Chicago that nominated James A. Garfield on the 36th ballot!This readers' theater is a play based on convention records and the book Dark Horse: The Surprise Election &Political Murder of President James A. Garfield, by Kenneth D. Ackerman.In a readers' theater production, the audience members are the cast!So come learn more about the 1880 convention and James Garfield, and be ready to read the part of a delegate, reporter, or maybe even Garfield himself!Free of charge.

Sunday, July 10—3 p.m.

Lakeland Civic Band Performance on the Lawn: A National Park Service Centennial Event

Enjoy live music on the lawn of President Garfield's home!The Lakeland Civic Band is part of Lake County's own Lakeland Community College!They play classical, modern, bluegrass, and even show tunes!Come enjoy a late afternoon concert with President Garfield's house as the backdrop!Picnic baskets welcomed;alcoholic beverages not permitted.Free of charge.

Wednesday, July 13—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The American Civil War, American Exceptionalism, and Global Influence: 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 global impact of the Civil War and how the conflict affected the U.S.'s status as a regional and international power!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, 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.

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.(DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION)

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.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!Speaker panel featuring Rob Rapley will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.Film will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. or as soon as it's dark enough to see on screen.Free of charge.

Tuesday, July 19—7 p.m.(DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION)

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.(DURING THE REPUBLICAN NAT'L CONVENTION)

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!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

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 specialty 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 recommended;please call 440-255-8722.Minimum age is 16.

Sunday, July 24—8:30 a.m.

Inaugural Garfield Gallop 5K Race: A City of Mentor Special Event

Runners from far and wide have a new race to plan for this summer!The first-ever Garfield Gallop, sponsored by the City of Mentor and Second Sole of Mentor, will begin and end at James A. Garfield NHS on Mentor Avenue on Sunday, July 24!Race participants and their families are invited to visit the Garfield home and James A. Garfield NHS after the race!Runners must register with the City of Mentor;visit http://www.garfieldgallop.com for more information.

Friday, July 29—11 a.m.

Third Annual World Ranger Day Commemoration Ceremony: A National Park Service Centennial Event

In honor of July 31's designation as World Ranger Day, the public is invited to the unique and moving ceremony that honors the Ranger profession and pays tribute to the world's Rangers fallen in the line of duty.This ceremony has become the largest such World Ranger Day event anywhere in the Americas!Free of charge.

Saturday, July 30—2 p.m.

Great Geauga County Fair Band Performance on the Lawn: A National Park Service Centennial Event

Join the Great Geauga Fair Band on the grounds for an hour of music from President Garfield's era and a few contemporary tunes for good measure!The band is familiar with many of the marches and patriotic songs of the last 130 years, and you can enjoy them just as the Garfield family might have: gathered under a beautiful canapé of trees.Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets!(Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.)RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m.Free of charge.

Sunday, July 31—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.

August

Saturday, August 6—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, 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 in presidential 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.

Wednesday, August 10—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

Civil War Photography, Part II: 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, see part two of a program on Civil War photography.Part I was last August, and it was so popular we decided to share more fascinating info about early photography during the war!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, August 13—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, August 20—11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour

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.

Thursday, August 25—11 a.m.-4 p.m.

National Park Service's 100th Birthday Commemoration: A National Park Service Centennial Event

The National Park Service turns 100 years old today!The Service was created on August 25, 1916 and has been protecting, preserving, and interpreting America's special places ever since!Join us for a day of fun and educational activities! Details forthcoming.

Saturday, August 27—11 a.m.

Garfield and the 1880 Presidential Campaign Tour

With the Republican National Convention in 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 recommended;please call 440-255-8722.Minimum age is 16.

Sunday, August 28—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.

September

Saturday, September 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.

Saturday, September 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, September 14—12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library (8215 Mentor Avenue)

The Life of President Rutherford B. Hayes: 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, join a representative from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, for a presentation about the life and Civil War service of President Hayes!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, September 16—10 a.m.

Naturalization Ceremony: A National Park Service Centennial Event

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 17—11 a.m.

James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour

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 24—10 a.m.-4 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 24—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 recommended;please call 440-255-8722.Minimum age is 16.

Sunday, September 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.

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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