Christopher Kenney, Director of Education at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, will present “Building the McKinley Monument,” on Tuesday, August 8, at 2 p.m., in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library. This program is geared for children in grades 2 and up, and begins with an overview of William McKinley’s life and career as the 25th President of the United States. Kenney will discuss the building process of the monument from the beginning to the end and explain the symbolism of the architectural details. Also featured will be never-before-seen photographs of the McKinley Monument under construction from the Museum’s archival collection and two rare film clips of the President’s funeral train.
Kenney holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Music and a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He is the author of three books, the latest published in 2016 and titled The McKinley Years: The Life and Times of Our 25th President. He has served 13 years as District 5 coordinator for Ohio History Day, and is also an assistant lecturer for the History Department at the University of Akron. He has been the Director of Education at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton, Ohio, since 2001, where he coordinates the field trips for over 20,000 students yearly.
This presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call 330-821-2665, ext. 223. Copies of his book, The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, are also available for purchase after the program. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Rodman Library.
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