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“From Log Cabin to White House”
takes you through the life of James Garfield, from being born in a
log cabin to becoming the 20th President of the United
States, up to his untimely death. As Ed speaks as James, the
audience will experience an intimate and timely view of the stages
of Garfield’s life and his many accomplishments. The program
James as a boy
Working on the
The Civil War
"Strength, Courage and Confidence"
program and portrayal captures the essence of
Roosevelt a dynamic First Lady and modern woman. Highlights
Courtship & Marriage
Campobello and Warm Springs
The White House Years
"First Lady of the World"
“Letters from the Front”
exchanged approximately 1,200 letters during their courtship and
marriage in the mid-19th century. Many of the letters
chronicle James Garfield’s service in the Civil War – 28 months that saw
him rise from lieutenant-colonel to major general, from relative
obscurity to national prominence. These letters contain candid
commentary that spans history. They could have been written at any
time in history: from Valley Forge, the Mekong Delta, or Mosul, Iraq.
Listen, learn, and
experience a view of the past as Ed and Debbie give a
first-person reading of the timeless accounts of the Garfields’ wartime
thoughts and home front activities – the details of their private lives,
from the suffering and carnage brought on by war to the domesticity of
their first “real” home and toddler’s first words.
President Garfield’s assassination in 1881 shattered
Lucretia’s world. First Lady for only three months, she was suddenly
thrust into the spotlight during his suffering after the shooting,
staying constantly by his side. She was admired and respected by her
fellow Americans and people abroad as she publicly exhibited strength
and courage. However, her shy and private nature resumed after her
husband’s death when she returned to Mentor, Ohio.
Through her own
words, learn more about Lucretia Garfield’s dedication to her husband’s
memory and discover how she occupied her remaining 36-1/2 years.
Debbie Weinkamer's portrayal of the Widow Garfield at the turn of
the twentieth century will explain how her children achieved their own
destinies and why James had said that Lucretia “rose up to every
“Portrait of a Nineteenth Century Marriage”
James Garfield as they recount their long-term relationship.
Ed and Debbie explain how James and Lucretia crossed paths
before their marriage, expose the pitfalls of their “Dark Years,”
and reveal how their relationship -- and family -- blossomed.
Politics get woven into the story, too! The program includes:
Growing up in the Western Reserve
School days and romance
Life in Washington, D.C.
“A Home and a Cow”
A “Dark Horse”
– the 1880 Republican Convention
The “Front Porch Campaign”
200 Days in Office
Two American women – from different generations – sharing their
differences and commonalities.
Garfield (Debbie Weinkamer) meet over tea and discuss their
paths to the White House and beyond. You will be surprised
about the experiences they had in common. Discover how they
dealt with troublesome, and possibly terminating, marriage
difficulties. Hear them expound on interesting topics such as
mothers-in-law, children, and politics.
These two educated, intelligent women also examine their early
self-esteem issues and how they grew beyond them into strong,
independent, and formidable widows.
One becomes the “vanishing First Lady” (or does she?) while the
other transforms into “First Lady of the World.”
Join us for a conversation that was never in your history books.
It’s also a perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month!