February 9 (Thursday) — Fireside Chat, A Day in the Life of Warren G. Harding, 7 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, 445 E. Church St. The Harding Home’s Jon Andersen delves into the goings-on in the private lives of Warren and Florence Harding in 1905, using a letter from Harding to his sister as the starting point. Friends of Harding Home members and Ohio History Connection members, no charge (registration encouraged through “News and Events” tab on www.hardinghome.org website; non-members, $5. Pay at the door or purchase tickets for will-call at www.hardinghome.org.
April 30 (Sunday) – President Harding Golf Outing, Marion Country Club, Shotgun start at noon. Casual meal and silent auction to follow. Proceeds benefit restoration of the Harding Home. To sponsor a hole/green or to register a team, call the Harding Home at 800-600-6894 or email Shannon Morris, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6 (Saturday) – Harding Home site opens for 2017 visitor season, 12-5 p.m. Through Sunday, November 5, the Harding Home is open 12-5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. It will be open on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and November 2.
May 13 (Saturday) – Harding Home Waffle Breakfast at Tri-Rivers Career Center, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets $6 in advance (purchase at Harding Home, Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, or online at www.hardinghome.org), $7 at the door. Proceeds benefit restoration of Florence Harding’s White House piano. Homemade waffles (featuring Florence Harding’s recipe) and choice of toppings; bacon; and beverages.
June 17 (Saturday) – Marion Day! The official community kickoff of the Harding 2020 Fundraising Campaign begins with a free program, All About the Harding Memorial, at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Memorial, intersection of Delaware Avenue and Vernon Hts. Blvd. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Harding Memorial but have been afraid to ask! Then, tour the Harding Home free of charge between 12-5 p.m. (usual adult admission is $7), and a chance to meet the architects and restoration experts leading the Harding 2020 project. Help us celebrate the exciting project that will transform the Harding Home site!
July 14-15 (Friday-Saturday) – Warren G. Harding Symposium at Ohio State University-Marion Technical College Campus. For information and registration, go to go.osu.edu/harding or call 740-725-6340.
July 15 (Saturday) – Annual Presidential Wreathlaying at Harding Memorial, 10:30 a.m. No charge.
July 16 (Sunday) – Annual Friends of the Harding Home Day, 11:30 a.m. brunch and meeting; 1:30 p.m. program, Camping with Warren, Tom, Henry and Harvey. The Harding Home’s Jon Andersen explores the famous camping trip in Maryland involving President Harding, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone as he answers the question: What really went on that weekend? All events free for Friends of Harding Home members; $20 for non-members. Advance reservations required by calling the site at 800-600-6894, emailing through the hardinghome.org website or by registering through the “News and Events” members tab on the website.
August 3 (Thursday) – Laddie Boy Goes to the White House, 6:30 p.m. at Marion Public Library, 445 E. Church St. Family-friendly program by the Harding Home’s Jon Andersen focuses on President Harding’s celebrity dog and Laddie’s adventures as “First Dog.” Everyone will be treated to a slice of Laddie’s birthday cake. No charge.
October 8 (Sunday) – 86th Annual Harding Pilgrimage, 3 p.m. at Harding Memorial. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts make their annual trek to the Harding Memorial to pay tribute to President and Mrs. Harding, both of whom served as honorary presidents of the respective scout groups. No charge.
November 9 (Thursday) – The Original Flim-Flam Man: How Gaston Means Fooled the Nation, 6:30 p.m. at the Marion Public Library. Harding Home researcher Jon Anderson doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty, especially when it comes to investigating Gaston Means, the author of a 1930 book that extensively damaged the reputations of President and Mrs. Harding. Means’s book, The Strange Death of President Harding, described poisonings, murders and subterfuge as routine business in the Harding Administration. No charge for Friends of Harding Home and Ohio History Connections members (register by going to the News & Events Tab of www.hardinghome.org or by calling the Harding Home at 800-600-6894 or emailing through the website. Non-members, $5. Get will-call tickets online on the website, or contact the site.