Ohio claims eight U.S. presidents, and there are sites honoring them across the state. Find a guide to these “Presidential Paths” in the August issue of Ohio Magazine, and add the following events to your calendar. Note that while some events are free, there is a cost for tours. For details, visit the websites.
August 2012 Issue
Hail to the Chief
Find history and fun at these events hosted by Ohio's presidential sites.
HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. Fremont 43420, 419/332-2081. rbhayes.org.
Free Verandah Concerts, Aug. 1 and 15, 6:45–8 p.m.
Take a midweek break and treat yourself to a summer night at the Hayes home. The Ottawa County Bluegrass band will play Aug. 1, while the North Coast Big Band will entertain Aug. 15. Come a little early and meet your fellow concertgoers during the old-fashioned ice cream social before the concert.
Vintage Base Ball Matches, Aug. 19 and 25, 2–3 p.m.
Watch the Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Akron Black Stockings. In this 1860s-style baseball match, all equipment, rules and uniforms mimic those from the game’s earliest years (when the sport was still spelled as two words). Free admission.
Author Brian Jordan, Aug. 19, 3–4 p.m.
JAMES A. GARFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Rutherford B. Hayes suffered five injuries during the Civil War, but the most severe was at The Battle of South Mountain. Author Brian Jordan will speak about his book, Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain, which was researched at the Hayes Presidential Center. Jordan will sign copies after the free lecture.
8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060, 440/255-8722. nps.gov/jaga/index.htm.
Old Village Market, Aug. 3, 10, 17; 4–8 p.m.
Get a taste of history at the farmers markets on the grounds of the Garfield property. Locally grown produce and arts and crafts are for sale from dozens of local vendors. Take a break from shopping to tour the Garfield house and museum.
Garfield Mini Militia Drill, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.
Kids ages 5–12 will suit up for the Garfield Mini Militia to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. While dressed up as Civil War soldiers, participants can learn how to march, drill and carry fake muskets.
James A. Garfield and the Civil War Tour, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A special 90-minute tour will explore Garfield’s war service. History buffs must be at least 16 to attend and admission is $15. Call for reservations.
Naturalization Ceremony, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.
Witness dozens of individuals become U.S. citizens as they take their oath at the Garfield Home in a special, free ceremony in honor of Constitution Day (Sept. 17).
National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL SITE
Each year, a day is set aside to celebrate the nation’s national parks, fish and wildlife refuges and national forests. No entrance fees will be charged at the site in honor of the holiday. At 2 p.m., the site will feature a presentation about the death of James A. Garfield, including circumstances of the shooting of the 20th president and his funeral just six months after he took office.
800 McKinley Monument Dr. N.W., Canton 44708, 330/455-7043. mckinleymuseum.org
Taste of Our Town, Sept. 20, 6–8:30 p.m.
Dine your way through the museum’s street of shops in this annual fundraiser for educational programs at the museum. For $45 a person, you can enjoy a healthy snack of veggies and dip in the doctor’s office, heat up your taste buds with hot wings at the fire station and take delight in a dessert bar in the cabin. Call for reservations.
HOME OF WARREN G. HARDING
380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion 43302, 740/387-9630. ohsweb.ohiohistory.org; hardinghome.org.
Marion Days, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Visitors who pick up a Marion Days ticket from local businesses or the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Marion-Mt. Gilead Road in Marion) can tour the home free of charge. Check the website for details.
Crossing the Pond: The Hardings in Europe, Sept. 13, 6 p.m.
All aboard at the Harding home, where the annual fundraising dinner will explore the Hardings’ three trips to Europe. The dinner will mimic a meal served during the time on a steamship to Europe, and a volunteer historian who researched the three trips to Europe will present his findings. Inside the home, visitors can peruse the souvenirs the Hardings brought back with them. Call 800/600-6894 for prices and reservations.