William Howard Taft
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“Lincoln & His Generals”
The 16th U.S. President and two of his
best Civil War generals, Ulysses S. Grant and James A. Garfield (both
from Ohio), speak about their recollections of the War Between the
States. They explain their military pasts, how the war affected them,
and reveal how they crossed paths. Their frustrations and
accomplishments are discussed, as well as some humorous situations they
encountered from 1861 to 1865.
“Destiny of the Republic: Recollections of 1881”
Lucretia Garfield shares stories of the 20th President’s
assassination and death (including some very eerie predictions) and
details about “The Funeral of the Century.” She also brings the
audience up-to-date about her family since those tragic days. A
discussion about Candice Millard’s 2011 book follows the presentation.
“A Visit With Abraham & Mary Lincoln”
the Lincolns for an engaging dialogue about their early lives, how they
met, their courtship, marriage, and family – plus anecdotes about their
boys and life in the Executive Mansion in Washington City. Law,
politics, and Civil War are interwoven into their story, too! This is
also a fine opportunity to ask your questions of the 16th U.S.
President and his wife.
“Beyond the Veil”
First Ladies try to find solace after experiencing unspeakable
tragedies. Mary Todd Lincoln and Lucretia Garfield discuss the
Victorians’ interest in séances, astrology, dreams, and premonitions –
and share how these beliefs affected their families. They also reveal
strange facts about their husbands’ deaths.
“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
“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”
Follow along with
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
Conversation with Mary Todd & Lucretia”
American women – from different generations – sharing their
differences and commonalities. Mary Todd Lincoln (Marian King) and
Lucretia Garfield (Debbie Weinkamer) meet over tea and discuss their
paths to the Executive Mansion and beyond. You will be surprised
about the experiences they had in common. Discover how they dealt
with tragic losses ~ especially the assassination of their beloved
husbands. Hear them expound on interesting topics such as children,
politics, and spiritualism.
These two educated, intelligent women also examine how they grew
into independent widows. One transforms into the “Vanishing First
Lady” (or does she?) while the other becomes the “First Lady of
Join us for a conversation that was never in your history books.
It’s also a perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month!