Hiram College

Hiram College's Political Science Department is housed in historic Koritansky Hall, a classic church that was moved from Mecca, Ohio. The church was at one time home to a parish under the guidance of former President James A. Garfield. The building was painstakingly dismantled and restored at its current home in Hiram, Ohio.

A beautiful location for learning

In 2008 Mr. William Recker, a Hiram College Board of Trustee member, donated funds for the relocation, renovation and restoration of the former Church of Christ from Mecca, Ohio.

One of the oldest buildings on campus, the building also serves as the residence of the Garfield Institute, which includes the Center for Public Leadership and the Center for the Study of the American Presidency. It opened in the spring of 2009 and features a meeting area on the first floor, a library in the loft and faculty offices in the lower level.

In 2012, Mr. Recker made another generous gift to the Garfield Center and in doing so has chosen to create a permanent legacy honoring Professor John Koritansky by re-naming the meeting house Koritansky Hall. John Koritansky, a Ph.D. has taught at Hiram College as a professor of Political Science for 42 years.