Mentor Library, Garfield site team up to present Civil War speaker series

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MENTOR, Ohio — James A. Garfield National Historic Site and the Mentor Public Library have announced a new partnership for 2012. The two will collaborate to present a lunchtime speaker series on major battles of the Civil War.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site staff and volunteers will present the monthly lunchtime programs at the Mentor Public Library at noon on the second Wednesday of each month. The presentations will take place in the Library’s James R. Garfield Room.

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The first presentation will be Jan. 11 at noon. James A. Garfield National Historic Site volunteer David Lintern will speak on the Battle of Middle Creek, fought Jan. 10, 1862 in eastern Kentucky. Middle Creek was the first battle in which Col. Garfield and his regiment, the 42nd Ohio, saw action.

The next program will be Feb. 8 at noon. The subject will be the February 1862 battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee.

“The Civil War was the most cataclysmic event in American history,” said Todd Arrington, James A. Garfield National Historic Site’s Chief of Interpretation and Education.

Location

James A. Garfield National Historic Site is at 8095 Mentor Ave. (U.S. 20) in Mentor, Ohio. For information call 440-255-8722, write 8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060 or visit www.nps.gov/jaga.

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