Tag Archives: James A. Garfield National Historic Site

US Civil War: Cycloramas as Art, Entertainment & Memorial

Cycloramas were the zenith of art and entertainment in their heyday — 50 feet high and surrounding you from all sides. These traveling exhibits required specially constructed buildings and were as immersive as modern virtual reality. Some of the most famous … Continue reading

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Ulysses Grant & the Election of 1868

What were the major issues in the first presidential election after the Civil War? Reconstruction, certainly. Civil Rights, definitely. But the country faced a whole host of issues, and a crowded field of candidates had a lot of different ideas … Continue reading

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The History of the Medal of Honor

It is our nation’s highest military award, but how much do you know about the Medal of Honor? Todd Arrington, site coordinator at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, guides us through the Medal’s origins and history as part of our Leaders & … Continue reading

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James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day

Our nation will commemorate Memorial Day later this month, and our friends from James A. Garfield National Historic Site offer a timely reminder on the holiday’s origin. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a way to celebrate and commemorate soldiers  who … Continue reading

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MPL Talks: The Mexican-American War

Consider this a prologue to our Civil War series. David Lintern, a volunteer at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, discussed the Mexican-American War during a program last week at the library. The Mexican-American War is where most Civil … Continue reading

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