Tag Archives: James A. Garfield

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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Learn about the Civil War veterans who became president

Seven of the men who served in the Civil War also served as president of the United States, including Mentor’s most famous resident. You can learn about these veterans and how their military service impacted their personal and political lives, their campaigns, … Continue reading

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MPL Talks: General Winfield Scott Hancock

General Winfield Scott Hancock was a spectacular corps commander, perhaps the Union’s best. But that’s not the only reason Todd Arrington (site commander of James A. Garfield National Historic Site) chose Hancock as the subject of his latest Civil War … Continue reading

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MPL Talks: The Civil War & Grand Army of the Republic

For years, we’ve partnered with James A. Garfield National Historic Site—our neighbors down the street—for a monthly program about the U.S. Civil War. Their experts have discussed Civil War art, the Gettysburg Address, the role of female spies during the … Continue reading

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10 Books, Movies & Documentaries for Presidents’ Day

Of course we love Presidents’ Day at Mentor Public Library. A president lived right down the street from us! (And his son was the architect of our first branch.) And we think one of the best ways we can celebrate … Continue reading

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