As Hiram College’s archivist, Jennifer Morrow knows a thing or two about 20th U.S. President James A. Garfield who once served as the institution’s highest leader. Morrow is presenting on Garfield’s service in the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) at the Seventh Annual Civil War Encampment. The event takes place July 15-17 at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.
Morrow’s presentation, “The 42nd OVI: Garfield’s First Recruits,” is at noon on Saturday, July 16. Her program highlights the service of the former president and students in the unit who attended the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, now known as Hiram College.
“Garfield and the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute students who served under him are an important part of Hiram College history,” says Morrow. “They are our common college community ancestors and had the same commitment to social responsibility and community activism that we have today.”
Morrow will also have an outdoor display at the event and will be available to answer questions 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The event, which is free and open to the public, also features re-enactors, demonstrations, music, food and an open house tour of Garfield’s home.