CANTON, Ohio – The McKinley Museum and National Memorial invites area residents to a celebration of the life and death of Stark County’s favorite son, 25th President William McKinley. The event will be held Sept. 14.
The museum admission will be free from 6-8 p.m. as the museum acknowledges the 100th anniversary of McKinley’s death.
Struck down by an assassin’s bullet in Buffalo, N.Y., William McKinley succumbed to the infection caused by an unfound and unremoved bullet Sept. 14, 1901.
A temporary exhibit to honor the fallen president, “A Man’s Best Gift to His Country is His Life Blood: Public Servant William McKinley,” will be on view in the Keller Gallery through Jan. 31. A second exhibit will be presented on Victorian mourning, customs and ritual.
In addition to free admission, there will be live music provided by Stringed Fantasy and costumed docents ready to answer visitors’ questions about the life and times of William McKinley.
Museum staff and volunteers will participate in a parade hosted by the McKinley Masonic Lodge of Canton Sept. 15. The parade steps off at noon from McKinley’s home church, Church of the Savior in downtown Canton, and travels to the McKinley National Memorial for its ceremonial conclusion.
The museum and memorial is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton. Parking is free.
For more information call the museum at 330-455-7043 or visit www.mckinleymuseum.org.