Schedule (Subject to Change)


9-9:10am Welcome to the Symposium

9:10am - 9:30am  The 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment

The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." It was ratified on February 3, 1870, as the third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Andrew C. Mizsak, Adjutant, JAGCWRT 

Dr. James  Holland, JAGCWRT

9:30am - 9:45am  Thoughts on the 15th Amendment

President James A. Garfield

(portrayed by Benjamin Frayser)

9:45am - 9:50am  Break & Book Sale

9:50am - 10:15am  The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

Jane Campbell, Former Mayor of Cleveland and current President/CEO of the US Capitol Historical Society

Dana Best-Mizsak, Historian, JAGCWRT

10:15am - 10:30am  Thoughts on the 19th Amendment

First Lady Lucretia Garfield

(portrayed by Anita Benedetti)

10:35am - 10:40am  Break & Book Sale

10:40am - 11am  Garfield Goings On

Andrew C. Mizsak, Adjutant, JAGCWRT

11am - 11:30am  Hiram College Scholars

Dr. Douglas Brattebo & Students

from the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Hiram College

11:30am - 12pm  The 140th Anniversary of the Treaty of Mentor

The Treaty of Mentor was not an actual treaty but it was a unifying moment for the Republican Party after a contested convention in 1880. The nomination of James Garfield after the 36th ballot was unexpected and factions among Republicans who supported other candidates led to an appearance of division in the party.

Former-President Ulysses Grant and other prominent Republicans would meet Garfield at his residence in Mentor, Ohio. The meeting was both a get-to-know moment and a chance to showcase Republicans in solidarity. The press that gathered in Mentor would dub the meeting a treaty. Also significant, it was the beginning of the first ever 'Front Porch Campaign' for president.

James A. Garfield (portrayed by Benjamin Frayser)

12pm -  End

12pm - 1pm  Open Discussion and Questions

Symposium Committee

Andrew C. M. Mizsak, Co-Chair, JAGCWRT

Dana Best-Mizsak, Co-Chair, JAGCWRT

Douglas M. Brattebo, PhD, JD, Hiram College

Abraham Bruckman, MS, JAGCWRT

William C. DiGiacomontonio, Chief Historian,

US Capitol Historical Society

Benjamin Frayser, MBA, JAGCWRT

Previous Keynote Speakers


2014, Lakeland Community College,  Allan Peskin, PhD  

The Life of James A. Garfield

2015, Lakeland Community College, Daniel Vermiliya 

James A. Garfield and the Civil War

2016, Bedford, Ohio, Douglas Brattebo, Ph.D, JD 

The 1880 Presidential Election of James A. Garfield

2017, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Benjamin Frayser, MBA

James A. Garfield and the Chagrin Falls Debates

2018, Orange Village, Ohio, Anita Benedetti, BA

The Life of Lucretia R. Garfield (First Person Interpretation)

2019, Strongsville, Ohio, Benjamin Frayser as Major General James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield in the Civil War

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