Events and Holiday Closings

Upcoming Events:

Uncle Joe: The Life and Times of Joseph G. Butler

Date: Saturday June 10, 2017

Time: 1 PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

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Joseph Butler was William McKinley’s life-long friend, and the driving force in getting the Birthplace Memorial built. Paul Rohrbaugh wrote his Masters’ thesis on this history. The museum will be open prior to and after the presentation. Please come and see this historic gem! This event is free and open to the public.

The Rise of American Imperialism: The Spanish-American War

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017

Time: 1PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

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This is the next in our series of monthly events celebrating the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial. Dr. Kevin Kern, associate professor of History at the University of Akron, is the co-author of the first new textbook on Ohio History in half a century: Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State (Wiley Publishing, August 2013). While Ohio History is an important focus of Kevin Kern’s work, he also specializes in the history of the social sciences in the late 19th/early 20th century, particularly the development of the American Anthropology. Dr. Kern will speak on Imperialism and the Spanish-American War. This event is free and open to the public. While reservations are not required, they are strongly suggested, and may be made by calling 330 652 4273. This event is free and open to the public.

History of the Ku Klux Klan in Niles, Ohio

Date: Saturday August 26, 2017

Time: 1PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

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Image retrieved 5.2.2017 from http://www.wkbn.com

Instilling fear in many through its burning crosses, lynchings, and other terrors, the Ku Klux Klan had many members in power in the 1920s, including the mayor of Niles! Sandy Bilovesky and Ralph Tolbert of the Niles Historical Society will present a history of the Ku Klux Klan in Niles, Ohio. Please come and learn how the citizens of Niles fought back. This event is another in our series of presentations honoring the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial. this event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended, and may be made by calling 330 652 4273.

29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and Mary Ann Bickerdyke

Date: Saturday September 30, 2017

Time: 1PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

29th OVI    Mary Ann Bickerdyke

Another in our series of Centennial Events, this one features two outstanding re-enactments.
William McKinley joined the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served with honor in the Union Army during the Civil War. Please join us as the 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry holds an encampment on the grounds of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial.

Darlene Gage as Mary Ann Bickerdyke

“Mother of the Union Army.” Born on July 19, 1817 in Knox County, Ohio, Mary Ann Bicketdyke became known as “Mother” Bickerdyke to thousands of Civil War soldiers. She helped build 300 hospitals during Civil War, entered battlefields at night to retrieve wounded soldiers, and was praised by Generals Grant and Sherman for her bravery and concern for soldiers. After the war, Mary Ann helped Union veterans and nurses seeking pensions. She retired to Bunker Hill, Kansas, and died November 8, 1901.

This event is free and open to the public. While reservations are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Rider

Date: Saturday November 11, 2017

Time: 1PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

Larry Marple as TR

The next-to-last in our series of speakers honoring our centennial, this event is also in honor of Veteran’s Day. The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial is proud to present Larry Marple as Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Rider. Mr. Marple is a noted historic interpreter of Theodore Roosevelt. According to Mr. Marple, this program involves the following: “I come in a reproduction of the uniform TR wore on July 1, 1898 when he and the Rough Riders (1st US Volunteer Cavalry) made the famous charges up Kettle Hill and the San Juan Heights. I describe how the Rough Riders were formed, what life was like with the Rough Riders, and what the Rough Riders endured and accomplished. At the end of the program I discuss what happened to TR after being Colonel of the Rough Riders.” This event is free and open to the public. While not required, reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling 330 652 4273.

Shades of Blue and Grey: Ghosts of the Civil War

Date: Saturday October 21, 2017

Time: 1PM

Place: National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium

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Please come to celebrate Halloween with us as Mark Dawidziak and his wife Sara Showman return to the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial to tell ghost stories of the Civil War. This event, another in our series celebrating the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, also celebrates Halloween. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed, but are strongly recommended and may be made by calling 330 652 4273. Halloween treats will be given out.

McKinley Christmas: Date and time TBA

Holiday Closings 2017:

New Year’s Day:  January 1 and 2

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 16

Memorial Day: Monday, May 29

Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4

Labor Day: Monday, September 4

Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23

Christmas: Monday December 25

New Year’s Day 2017: Monday January 1, 2018

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