Several events throughout Ohio will commemorate former U.S. and Hiram College President James A. Garfield in honor of the 180th anniversary of his birth and U.S. Mint’s official unveiling and release of the Garfield Presidential $1 coin.
- Wednesday, Nov. 16: Hiram College’s Center for Engaged Ethics will host a lecture by Candice Millard, author of the New York Times Best Seller Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in Dix Dining Hall of the Kennedy Center.Learn more about Millard and her lecture at Hiram.
- Thursday, Nov. 17: The James A. Garfield Presidential $1 coin will be unveiled at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site at 8095 Mentor Ave. in Mentor. The ceremony runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature a keynote speech by Allan Peskin, professor of history (emeritus) at Cleveland State University and the author of Garfield, the definitive biography of the man.The first 500 children in attendance will receive a free $1 Garfield coin and the Cardinal Community Credit Union of Mentor will be on hand to exchange cash for the coins. The Garfield coin unveiling is part of the U.S. Mint’s gradual release of a $1 coin for each of the nation’s presidents.
- Saturday, Nov. 19: The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is sponsoring its annual Garfield Hike from the former president’s birth place to his resting place. Participants have two options: The 12.5 mile hike begins at 8 a.m. at the Garfield birthplace in Moreland Hills (2350 SOM Center Road), continues to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (2600 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights), and ends at the Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery (12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland). The 2.5 mile hike begins at Shaker Lakes at 12:15.The Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Garfield tomb at 1:30 p.m. at the end of the hike. Hike registration is $5.