National Park Service

The James A. Garfield Alliance, a group of community leaders, is committed to supporting the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and its activities.  The Alliance advocates for the historic site and raises funds to support educational and community events that enhance its public use and enjoyment. Events educate the public about President Garfield and help preserve history by telling stories about President Garfield’s life, presidency, and family, as well as the times in which he lived. Visitors are engaged in history through this national historic gem in Lake County, Ohio, creating cultural value and increasing tourism to the area.

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site welcomes thousands of visitors each year (over 53,000 visits in 2017) for a glimpse into the life of the late President Garfield, his family, and his legacy. Visitors can tour the 19th century home – where more than 80% of artifacts were owned by the Garfield family – explore the grounds, or attend special events related to the life of President Garfield and the time in which he lived.

About the James A. Garfield Alliance

The James A. Garfield Alliance was created in 2017 and works hand-in-hand with the site staff in fulfilling its mission to welcome the public and preserve the history and legacy of President James A. Garfield, both today and in the future. The goals of the Alliance are: 1) to advocate publicly for community interest in the James A. Garfield National Historic Site; and 2) to assist the site with fundraising, marketing, publicity, and programming.

With its experience as a nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park—an established friends group to a nearby national park site—is supporting the staff of James A. Garfield NHS in this initial stage until such time that the James A. Garfield Alliance is equipped to become a separate nonprofit.

Note: The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the fiscal agent for the James A. Garfield Alliance and holds a restricted finance account specifically for James A. Garfield NHS. All funds in this account will go toward Alliance fundraising initiatives that support the site.