03 13, 2021

US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

By |2021-03-13T12:00:43-05:00March 13, 2021|

Our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site continues with a look at Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address.

Has any president in US history been inaugurated under such fraught circumstances as Lincoln? States had already begun seceding from the Union. With his first inaugural address, he hoped to avoid a war. So what exactly did he say and what did he mean?

This session of our Civil War series is led by Todd Arrington, the site director at Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, April 14. Arrington will return to discuss the history of the Grand Army of the Republic, the predecessor to the American Legion, VFW, and other veterans groups. 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 Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

02 13, 2021

The Life & Legacy of Frederick Douglass

By |2021-02-13T12:00:44-05:00February 13, 2021|

In the latest from our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site and in commemoration of Black History Month, Ranger Todd Arrington discusses the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.

He rose from slavery to become one of the nation’s most prominent voices for abolition. Learn about his relationships with William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and James A. Garfield.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, March 10. Dr. Arrington will return to discuss President Lincoln’s first inaugural address. 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 Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

01 21, 2021

Have a ball exploring past presidential parties

By |2021-01-21T19:00:01-05:00January 21, 2021|

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:

01 15, 2021

Major Battles of the Civil War: Mill Springs

By |2021-01-15T06:00:05-05:00January 15, 2021|

In the latest from our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ranger Rebecca revisits the Battle of Mill Springs, one of the first decisive Union victories in the key battleground of Kentucky.

She also explains the dangers of being a nearsighted Civil War general and describes how Mill Springs recently became a National Monument.

If you enjoy this, we have a pair of history of programs coming soon that you’ll love!

First, you can explore the history of inaugural balls during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The speaker will be Allison Powell, a ranger from Garfield National Historic Site. Naturally, she’ll also highlight President Garfield’s ball at the Smithsonian Institution.

Then, our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. In honor of Black History Month, we’ll discuss the life of Frederick Douglass. 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 Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

12 10, 2020

Major Battles of the Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea

By |2020-12-10T16:00:15-05:00December 10, 2020|

“I can make Georgia howl.”

This was the promise of Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman after he captured Atlanta. For his next act, Sherman marched his army to Savannah — leaving a trail of twisted rail ties and pillaged farms behind him.

The rangers from James A. Garfield National Historic Site take you back to Sherman’s March to the Sea.

By the way, the Civil War series with our friends from Lawnfield continues next year with a special online program at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The topic will be the Battle of Mill Springs. 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 Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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