Get the backstory on beloved Christmas songs and sing along to favorite carols

Learn the origins of beloved Christmas songs and then sing them with other participants during a program on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt, park rangers at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, will present the program on Victorian Christmas music.

The event begins at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Admission is free. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Lintern is a park ranger and also serves as bookstore and volunteer coordinator at the Garfield site, where she has worked for the past 17 years. She has developed numerous educational programs and special events.

In 2013, Lintern was a featured on C-Span's “First Ladies: Influence & Image” series in the segment on Lucretia Garfield.  She was also a story consultant for the 2014 PBS documentary on James A. Garfield, titled "Murder of a President."

Alan Gephardt has worked with the National Park Service since 2006 and has been a seasonal park ranger at the Garfield site since 2009. He works at the site from May through early October and is a substitute teacher in Mentor Public Schools the rest of the year.

Gephardt has also had a love of performance since youth, particularly in acting, but he also enjoys performing in the fields of dance and singing. He also is interested in U.S. presidents, Reconstruction and the Gilded Age.

This program is partnership between the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and the Garfield site.

On Dec. 5, HPLM Executive Director Christie Weininger and Education Coordinator Maggie Wilson will present a program in Mentor on the President Rutherford and Lucy Hayes entertaining at the White House and at Spiegel Grove. The talk is part of the Garfield site’s Lunch and Lecture Series at Skye Bistro in the Lawnfield Inn & Suites, 8434 Mentor Ave., Mentor.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 440-974-3572. There is no charge for the program, but guests will need to pay for their lunch.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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