It was this day in 1803 that Ohio became the nation's 17th state. To celebrate the milestone, James A. Garfield National Historic Site will host a special program on Garfield's service as a state senator.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Site volunteer Andrew Mizsak will speak about James A. Garfield's 1859-1861 service as a senator in Columbus.
The program will be held in the site's auditorium and is free.
Garfield left the Ohio Senate in 1861 to join the Union army during the Civil War. He later served 17 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected the 20th President of the United States in 1880.
"Ohio's 210th birthday makes this a perfect time for a presentation about young James A. Garfield's beginnings in Ohio politics," noted Todd Arrington, the site's chief of interpretation and education. "We invite everyone to visit to celebrate Ohio and learn more about Garfield's early political career."
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located at 8095 Mentor Avenue (U.S. 20) in Mentor.
For more information call (440) 255-8722 or visit www.nps.gov/jaga.