08 15, 2021

How Did the Armies Communicate during the US Civil War?

By |2021-08-15T13:00:12-04:00August 15, 2021|

The US Civil War occurred during a technological revolution. The armies relied on tried-and-true means for communication (flag movements, bugle calls, and the spoken word), as well as revolutionary new technology (hot-air balloons and telegraphs.)

Ranger Amanda Cox from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site explains how the armies gathered and shared intelligence while on the field.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Ranger David Lintern will discuss a Union General with Lake County ties. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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

07 16, 2021

The History of the US Navy from the Civil War through the 1880s

By |2021-07-16T12:00:48-04:00July 16, 2021|

For this month’s Civil War talk, Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site traced the history of the US Navy from its wooden and ironclad ships during the Civil War to the origin of the “Steel Navy.”

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The rangers will discuss field communications during the war. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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

06 14, 2021

Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War: Ex Parte Milligan

By |2021-06-14T19:00:30-04:00June 14, 2021|

Most of the action from this month’s Civil War talk happens in the courtroom and not on the battlefield!

When a military tribunal sentenced Lambdin P. Milligan of Indiana to hang for allegedly aiding the rebellious states, his lawyers—including James A. Garfield—stood before the Supreme Court to preserve not only his life but also Reconstruction.

Our speaker is Ranger Chris Dobeck from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, July 14. The rangers will discuss the history of the US Navy from wooden ships to the “Steel Navy.” For the first time in more than a year, we will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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

05 14, 2021

A Slave No More: Discussing the Stories of the Enslaved

By |2021-05-14T16:00:10-04:00May 14, 2021|

The Civil War series that we host with our friends and neighbors from James A. Garfield National Historic Site has returned! This month, Ranger Allison Powell (with help from Ranger Joan Kapsch) uses the biographies of John Washington and Wallace Turnage to discuss common attributes in the stories of the enslaved who escaped to freedom.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, June 9. The rangers will discuss the controversial trial of convicted traitor Lambdin P. Milligan, which involved none other than the man who would be president, James A. Garfield. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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

05 12, 2021

Take an Armchair Tour of Mentor in President Garfield’s Day

By |2021-05-12T19:00:15-04:00May 12, 2021|

Debbie Weinkamer, the lead volunteer from James A. Garfield National Historic Site, takes you on a virtual tour of what Mentor, Ohio, looked like back when the president’s family lived here.

The family had a profound affect on the community (and our library.) Their names still dot our streets, parks, and schools.

If you’re interested, we have an entire YouTube playlist dedicated to local history.

Additionally, the Garfield National Historic Site also leads the fantastic and fascinating Civil War lecture series. If you’re interested in Civil War history, several of those talks can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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