The Ohio State University at Marion

Additional Symposium Information

Maps and Directions

The Harding Home and Museum

The Harding Memorial

Heritage Hall

The Ohio State University at Marion

Area Attractions

Fairfield Inn
Local attractions
Explore the Harding Home

Publicity Items

2019 Harding Symposium Featured Speaker Flyer for download (.pdf document)
2019 Harding Symposium Letter Flyer for download (.pdf document)
2019 Schedule of Events Flyer for download (.pdf document)

In the News

"The Depression That Was Fixed by Doing Nothing" (1/2/2015)

"What If Warren Harding Wasn't a Terrible President? (7/16/2014)

"Mister We Could Use a Man Like Warren Harding Again!" (7/12/2011)

"Time for Another Harding?" (10/24/2011)

"How Austerity Cured a Depression." (1/20/2012)

"Let Us Renew our Praise for Harding." (1/22/2012)

Advisory Committee

C. Gary Iams, Chairman
Betsy Blankenship
Joyce Brown
Gary Branson
Phyllis Butterworth
Rose Catera
Dave Claborn
Kathleen Clemons
Emily Creasap
Sherry Hall
Wayne Rowe
Diane Watson

Event Partners & Volunteers Acknowledgements

Staff and Volunteers at the Harding Home Presidential Site

Buckeye Backers

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

The Marion Star


Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Symposium Archive

2014 - Prelude to the 1960s: The United States Presidency and Civil Rights

2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education which declared that state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. It is also the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964 by President Johnson. Join us for the 2014 Warren G. Harding Symposium which will explore the influence the Oval Office had on the modern Civil Rights Movement from President Harding to President Johnson.

Keynote Address: Andrew Young

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective, honed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership, to his focus on this era’s challenges. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through nonviolence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

2013 - Scandals and the United States Presidency

Presidential scandals are not a recent phenomenon in the history of the United States. Though the headlines that swirled around President Bill Clinton touched off a storm of controversy, United States presidents from Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have wrestled with scandal for two hundred years. During the Scandals and the United States Presidency distinguished presenters explored why some scandals went unpunished and others tarnished entire administrations.

2012 - American at a Crossroads: The 1920 Presidential Campaign

This event explored Harding's famousFront Porch Campaign, Democrat challenger James Cox, and the impact of millions of American women exercising their right to vote for the first time.

2011 - The Western Trip:Discovery, Understanding, and the Death of a President

President Warren Harding’s journey to the western states, Canada and Alaska has become a hazy backdrop to his unexpected death in August 1923. The 2011 Harding Symposium explored what Harding said to the American people in more than 80 speeches, the lasting effects of President Harding’s visit to Alaska, the first by an American president and the controversy surrounding the mysterious decline and eventual death of President Harding.

2010 - The Man, the Myth, and the Legacy

The Man, the Myth, and the Legacy will be the first presentation of the Warren G. Harding Symposium. The two-day event featured an open House at the Harding Home, guided tours of the Harding Home and Museum, the Harding Memorial, and the Marion County Historical Society. The workshop sessions featured noted authors and Harding researchers gala dinner featuring extensive exhibits of Harding memorabilia, period antique automobiles, and a panel discussion.