09 25, 2022

See how the Civil War amendments shaped the US

By |2022-09-20T11:45:55-04:00September 25, 2022|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will conclude his year-long lecture series on the origins of the US Constitution with a special guest and a discussion of the Civil War amendments. The series concludes at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at our Main Branch.

Foster and Dr. Todd Arrington from James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss how the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments shaped the United States and its foundational document. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

By the way, both of Foster’s three previous talks in this series can be viewed online:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

09 22, 2022

In His Own Words: James A. Garfield on Race and Justice

By |2022-09-14T15:38:08-04:00September 22, 2022|

Park Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site uses Garfield’s own words to describe how the president’s feelings on race and justice changed over time. Though he would not describe himself as an abolitionist, Garfield believed that slavery was a moral and political stain in the fabric of a nation conceived in liberty… but he didn’t always believe that.

The next talk in our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site will be at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The topic will be the astonishing life and naval career of Admiral David Farragut.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

08 13, 2022

Enjoy an An Armchair Tour of Civil War Sites (Part 2)

By |2022-08-11T15:56:10-04:00August 13, 2022|

Enjoy an online tour of Civil War sites from across the country that are overseen by the National Parks Service. This time, our tour guide is Andrew from James A. Garfield National Historic Site. (Click here to watch part one of the tour.)

Our tour extends beyond some of the familiar battlefields to include locations like Harper House, Andersonville Prison Park, Mclean House, and Mott House, as well as locations that were important to reconstruction like the Tuskegee Institute and Nicodemus National Historic Site.

The next talk in our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site will be at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The topic will be President Garfield’s stance on race and justice.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

07 20, 2022

Enjoy an Armchair Tour of Civil War Sites (Part 1)

By |2022-07-15T10:13:16-04:00July 20, 2022|

Enjoy an online tour of Civil War sites from across the country that are overseen by the National Parks Service. Ranger Olivia from James A. Garfield National Historic Site will lead your tour.

She doesn’t just highlight battlefields either. You’ll also visit locations that are important to the history leading up to the Civil War and places tied to people who were important to its history.

Your stops include Natchez National Historic Park, Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historic Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Historic Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Antietam National Battlefield, and and Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery.

The first part of the tour takes you from the war’s prologue to 1863. Join us for the second part of the tour, which we’ll host at noon on Wednesday, August 10, at our Main Branch. It will take us from 1863 to the Civil War’s conclusion!

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

05 18, 2022

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield: The Homefront during the US Civil War

By |2022-05-11T15:56:54-04:00May 18, 2022|

Ever wondered what took place on the home front while soldiers fought on Civil War battlefields? Join Mrs. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (as performed by Deborah Weinkamer of We Made History) for family stories about life in Hiram, Ohio, while her husband General James A. Garfield and brothers served in the army.

Our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site continues at noon on Wednesday, June 8, at our Main Branch. The topic will be the First Decoration Day and James A. Garfield’s role in it. The program is free to attend. You can register on our event calendar.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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