Civil War

03 24, 2024

Discover the music of the Civil War

By |2024-03-18T11:43:41-04:00March 24, 2024|

Learn about and enjoy performances of different music from the Civil War era at noon on Wednesday, April 10, at our Main Branch.

Debbie Weinkamer, the lead volunteer for James A. Garfield National Historic Site, will direct this program. Musicians will both discuss and perform that period’s music on a variety of instruments!

The program is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

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

02 19, 2024

Explore the Life & Legacy of Ulysses Grant

By |2024-02-20T16:12:55-05:00February 19, 2024|

Explore the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant with Todd Arrington, site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

You’ve probably heard of Vicksburg and even the Credit Mobilier scandal, but do you know what Grant did when he was gifted an enslaved man? Or what he said after the first day of Shiloh? Or his parallels with Eisenhower?

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

01 20, 2024

Learn about Lincoln’s Reelection

By |2024-01-11T10:57:50-05:00January 20, 2024|

Abraham Lincoln is widely thought of as one of the nation’s best presidents. However, he nearly lost his reelection bid in 1864.

Todd Arrington, site manager at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, revisits 1864 when Lincoln hoped to win a second term. But Democratic candidate George B. McClellan didn’t make it easy, and voters were split between those who thought the Civil War needed to continue and those who wanted to make peace with the Confederacy.

This talk is part of a monthly series on the leaders and legacies of the Civil War that is hosted by the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and Mentor Public Library. Several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety including:

11 11, 2023

Deconstructing the Gettysburg Address

By |2023-11-09T14:22:36-05:00November 11, 2023|

In commemoration of Veterans Day, discover the story behind Abraham Lincoln’s famous and brief (only 262 words!) speech.

What did Lincoln hope to accomplish with his speech? What was the public reaction? And who was the actual headliner that day?

Todd Arringtong, site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and Gettysburg native, dives deeply into the Gettysburg Address.

This talk is part of a monthly series on the leaders and legacies of the Civil War that is hosted by the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and Mentor Public Library. Several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety including:

10 21, 2023

The Civil War: Veterans’ Physical, Mental & Emotional Wounds

By |2023-10-11T15:21:23-04:00October 21, 2023|

Our friends and neighbors from James A. Garfield National Historic Site discuss the physical, mental, and emotional wounds that the veterans of the US Civil War experienced.

This talk is part of a monthly series on the leaders and legacies of the Civil War that is hosted by the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and Mentor Public Library. Several talks in this series can be viewed online in their entirety including:

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