Clara Barton

Carole Starre-Kmiecik, who portrays many women of history, will bring her one-woman show, portraying Clara Barton, founder of the US Red Cross, to the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Auditorium on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 2PM. Admission to this family event is free. This event is the first in the series of centennial events we have planned for this year.

McKinley Sat Next to His Wife at Dinners

Here is the next in the series of weekly articles about William McKinley that the Tribune Chronicle Warren, Ohio is publishing. This one was written by our curator, Trish Scarmuzzi. front

This photo was taken at a dinner given in honor of the McKinleys by Mark Hanna, McKinley’s political advisor. Note that McKinley is seated just to right of Ida.

Construction delays

“Dedication is Again Postponed,” Niles Daily News, May 15, 1917. Retrieved 4.1.2015 from
The date of the dedication was to have been June 5, 1917, however, the delivery of the colossal McKinley statue was delayed. The statue was molded in New York City, and delivery was expected to occur in mid-June. At the time of the article, it was thought that the ceremony would possibly be held in July or August. Originally it was hoped that the dedication could be held on Memorial Day, however, the construction delays and the fact that the Grand Army of the Republic and other patriotic organizations could not participate on Memorial Day meant that the event had to be held another day.

The Rise of American Imperialism: The Spanish-American War

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.Colored centennial logocropped