How does Washington D.C. welcome new residents to the White House? With a ball, of course!

Explore the history of inaugural balls throughout America’s history with Allison Powell, a ranger from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor. Discover:

  • Whose inauguration got gate-crashed by a chicken?
  • Whose inauguration ended with “6,000 people clamoring for their clothes?”
  • And whose inauguration inadvertently featured dozens of frozen canaries?

By the way, we host a monthly Civil War program with our friends from the Garfield National Historic Site. Several of those talks can be viewed online in their entirety, including: