Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War: Saving Letters: Creating a Library and a Legacy In-Person
Join Widow Lucretia Rudolph Garfield as she shares the backstory of creating the nation’s first presidential memorial library. Though recognized as having historical significance before the mid-twentieth century, presidential papers and effects were generally understood to be the private property of the president. By preserving James Garfield’s papers-including Civil War correspondence-in her “memory room,” Mrs. Garfield set the precedent for the modern presidential library system as well as safeguarded her husband’s reputation and legacy.
Speaker: Mrs. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer, Lead Volunteer, James A. Garfield NHS).