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 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:

12 9, 2020

Interview with Benjamin Arrington, author of ‘The Last Lincoln Republican’

By |2020-12-09T20:00:05-05:00December 9, 2020|

Both local and national history buffs will love Todd Arrington discussing his new book, The Last Lincoln Republican: The Presidential Election of 1880 with our own John Foster.

Arrington serves as the site director of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor. His book examines the competitive and contentious presidential election between Republican James A. Garfield and Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock. The election was decided by fewer than 10,000 votes – one of the closest popular votes in American presidential history.

Arrington has often spoken at the library as part of our Civil War series with Garfield National Historic Site.

In fact, you can watch some of his best talk on our YouTube channel right now, including:

Meanwhile, in addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history (as does Arrington). Foster has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

08 14, 2020

The Civil War & President James A. Garfield

By |2020-08-14T16:00:06-04:00August 14, 2020|

By now, many people know how Mentor’s own President James A. Garfield served in the Civil War, but how did he feel about the war and its causes?

Garfield catapulted to national fame because of his role in the impressive victory during the Battle of Middle Creek in 1862. Even before he donned a soldier’s uniform, though, Garfield had strong convictions and opinions about the events which led to the Civil War. Ranger Alan Gephardt of James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss Garfield’s private and public sentiments about the war and the cause for which millions fought.

Our Civil War series with our friends from Lawnfield continues during a special online program at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The topic will be on the role Civil War veterans like Sherman and Sheridan played in the Indian Wars. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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 19, 2020

Major Battles of the Civil War: The Battle of Middle Creek

By |2020-01-19T06:00:33-05:00January 19, 2020|

Our Civil War series continues with a spotlight on The Battle of Middle Creek, a lesser-known conflict with local importance because Mentor’s own James A. Garfield led the Union into the fray. Discover how what happened in Kentucky set Garfield on the path to the presidency.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

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:

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