The Harding Home Presidential Site does constant research to provide the public with the most accurate and recent information about Warren and Florence Harding, the administration, and the world they lived in. Each year, Harding Home Presidential Site staff members present their research through yearly programs, which are then recorded and uploaded to the Harding Home’s official Youtube channel. Our programs include:
Betrayed Trust: Warren G. Harding and the Veterans Bureau Scandal: Harding Home Presidential Site researcher Jon Andersen leads a discussion about the dark side of President Harding’s well-intended service program for World War I’s injured soldiers, thanks to the antics of Director of the Veterans Bureau, Charles Forbes. This program was recorded at the Marion Public Library on November 8, 2018.
The Original Flim-Flam Man: How Gaston Means Fooled a Nation: We are no strangers to crazy rumors and tall tales about the Hardings. Put on your fedoras and trench coats and let us introduce you to Gaston Means, the man behind one of the tallest tales in the history of the presidency. This program was recorded at the Marion Public Library on November 9, 2017.
The Real Return to Normalcy: Sherry Hall, Site Director of the Harding Home & Memorial presents workshop session 3 of the 2017 Harding Symposium entitled, “The Real Return to Normalcy.” Hall lays out the Harding Administration’s Normalcy Program as the United States makes its transition from war time to peace time following World War I.
“The Help”: Ever hear of Inez McWhorter, or Bernice and Frank Blacksten? They worked for Warren and Florence Harding and provide great insight into the inner workings of the household. Join Harding Home Presidential Site researcher Jon Anderson as we get a behind the scenes look at life at the Harding Home. This program was filmed on August 4, 2016 at OSU Marion.
The Harding Letters Revisited: Was Carrie Phillips really Warren Harding’s true love? And how did Nan Britton fit into the whole scenario? Harding Home site manager Sherry Hall takes another look at the letters from Warren Harding to Carrie Phillips and the recent DNA evidence concerning Nan Britton to put together the story of Harding’s love life. This program was filmed on October 23, 2015 at Marion Technical College.
The Real Boardwalk Empire: This program features Harding Home Presidential Site researcher Jon Anderson, as he discusses some of the more questionable players on the fringes of the Harding Administration. Jon will introduce you to Attorney General Harry Daugherty, his pal Jess Smith, campaign insider Howard Manington and the unscrupulous Gaston Means. This program was filmed on August 13, 2015 at the Harding Home Presidential Site.
The Klan in Ohio: Did you know that the Ku Klux Klan was alive and well in every state in the nation in the 1920s — including Ohio? Harding Home site manager Sherry Hall discusses how the Klan infiltrated small-town America, including towns like Marion! This program was recorded on October 15, 2015 at Marion Technical College.
Warren G. Harding: Newspaperman and President: Warren G. Harding is the only American president to have owned a newspaper, the Marion Daily Star in Ohio. Harding Presidential Site Director Sherry Hall talked about the 29th president’s unique relationship with the White House press corps and the impact it had on his presidency. This program was part of the annual Warren G. Harding Symposium hosted by Ohio State University at Marion and was recorded by C-SPAN on July 21, 2018.
Modern First Ladies Part 1: The annual Warren G. Harding Symposium partnered with the National First Ladies’ Library to present “The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast.” Sherry Hall, Cynthia Bittinger, and Annette Dunlap examine the dramatic variety of styles and approaches brought to the role of First Lady by Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, and Lou Hoover. This panel entitled “Paving the Way” was recorded live by C-SPAN on July 18, 2015.