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Washington’s Unknown President, James A. Garfield: A Case Study in Creating a Memorial in Washington
May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Matthew B. Gilmore is the editor of the H-DC discussion list and blogs on Washington history and related subjects at matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com. Previously, he was a reference librarian at the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library. The story of James Garfield’s memorial might be ripped from today’s headlines: a presidential memorial, delayed for years, caught up in Congressional infighting; legislation pending to displace the memorial and replace it with another. Yet the year was 1887, not 2017, and the memorial was for Garfield, not Eisenhower. In his talk, Gilmore will discuss the turmoil behind a seemingly simple act of remembrance.