This blurry photo of the I-Man features the sweet window in the crazy awesome library which had a crazy (like, actually crazy) concrete and iron vault that Crete had built to store Garfield documents and such. Technically this was the first presidential library, but it wasn't open to the public until after the Garfield family stopped living in the home in the 1930s. So Grant still wins.FACT: In 1886, the U.S. Mint issued a $20 gold certificate featuring Garfield's face. mysteriously decapitated in the night after being officially dedicated! The head and the beheader are still at large.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
James A. Garfield Extravangza Part 2: wordz n pix
Here are some extraneous facts that did not make the final cut of the video and some pictures of our tour of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio. A super-sassy volunteer old lady gave us a kickass tour of the house. Highly recommended, but no sweet gift shop like the one at the Grant House. (frowny face) We drove there in torrential downpours and also BTW Cleveland is ugly. FACT: The Garfield museum featured a large mural comparing Lincoln and Garfield. They were both born in log cabins, see? Also, bearded. And assassinated. And the biographical video we watched suggested that the American public was more distraught when Garfield died than when Lincoln died and that Garfield was pretty much awesomer than Lincoln except for that he died too soon for us to find out. I find this hard to believe. I mean, Garfield was like a genius or whatever and had a better beard, but we're talking SAINT ABRAHAM "FREED THE SLAVES" LINCOLN here. Blasphemy, people.