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The 10th Annual Garfield Symposium will be taking place on Saturday, November 11, 2022, beginning at 9:15 AM.

The Symposium will be held in person (at the Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library) and virtually via Zoom Video and Teleconference.  THIS EVENT IS FREE!

While there is no fee to attend, we ask that you register by November 9, 2022.

SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)

9:15 AM – Doors Open and Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM – Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Welcoming Remarks, and Housekeeping Items
Benjamin Frayser, MBA, Commander, James A, Garfield Civil War Round Table, and Dana E.
Best-Mizsak, BA, Historian, James A. Garfield Civil War Round Table and Co-Chair, Garfield
Symposium Committee.

9:45 AM – Session 1: Overview of the Battle of Chickamauga and Discussion
(Sister Round Tables)

10:40 AM – Break 1

10:50 AM – Session 2: Garfield at Chickamauga, and What’s Next?
Benjamin Frayser, MBA, as Major General James A. Garfield; President Abraham Lincoln; and

Anita Benedetti as Lucretia Rudolph Garfield

11:45 AM – Lunch on Your Own/Networking Opportunity
- The meeting room will be open for those who choose to eat in the meeting room.
- Lunch Options include, but are not limited to:
o Yours Truly – 6675 Wilson Mills Road
o Smokin’ Q’s Barbecue and Beer House – 718 SOM Center Road
o Aladdin’s Eatery – Mayfield – 775 SOM Center Road
o Geraci’s Restaurant – 6687 Wilson Mills Road

12:30 PM – Post-Lunch Program (TBD)

12:55 PM – Garfield Goings-On: The 2023 Edition.
Dana E. Best-Mizsak, BA; Abraham Bruckman, AICP

1:10 PM – CWRT Congress and Giving Tuesday

1:15 PM – Break 2


1:20 PM – The Mizsak Family Annual Session on Government and Politics: Garfield Goes to Congress
James M. Holland, Ph.D., and Andrew C.M. Mizsak, M.A.P., MBM

2:00 PM PM – Break 3

2:10 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Save Wyse Fork Battlefield
Dennis Harper, Chairman, Save Wyse Fork Battlefield Commission & Colonel Wade Sokolosky, USA (Retired)


3:00 PM – Final Comments and Closing Remarks

3:15 PM - Adjournment

Paul Pojman, MSLS, JAGCWRT Librarian

- James A. Garfield CWRT
- Save Wyse Fork Battlefield Commission & Main Street Consultants

Registration for the Symposium will be available beginning October 24, 2023, on our website,  

Did we mention that this event is FREE?

We look forward to you joining us for this great event!



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

2020, via Zoom, Ohio, 

Benjamin Frayser as Candidate James A. Garfield

The 140th Anniversary of the Treaty of Mentor

2021, via Zoom, Ohio, 

James A. Garfield, III

The Garfield's of Hiram

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