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DC Event Celebrates Garfield Legacy

Garfield Meeting House - Photo: Benjamin M Coll

Hiram, – The Garfield Institute for public Leadership at Hiram College will host a celebration of the legacy of James A. Garfield, Saturday October 15th at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC.

The event, part of the Hiram’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, will focus on the achievements of Garfield, who was President of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, the precursor of Hiram College, and had a distinguished career as a general in the Civil War before his election to Congress and as the 20th president of the United States.

Dr. Allan Preskin, former professor of history at Cleveland State University, and a noted Garfield biographer will deliver the keynote address at the celebration, along with remarks by Thomas V. Chema, current president of Hiram College, and John C. Koritansky, Professor of Political Science at Hiram and Chairman of the Garfield Institute. The Hiram College Chamber Singers and Western Reserve Women’s Chorus will provide Civil War Era songs.

The event is the centerpiece a three-day visit to the nation’s capital by the students and faculty of the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership in which they will tour the White house, and confer with government officials on the economy. The Institute selects and prepares students to assume the responsibilities of public leadership by developing expertise in matters of public policy, foreign and domestic, grounded in Hiram’s traditional liberal arts education. Garfield scholars and faculty travel to Washington every year for experiential learning outside the classroom.

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