Historian Christopher Kenny will portray former US President William McKinley during a free program this Saturday at Historic Zoar Village. (Submitted)

Zoar, Ohio - Historian Christopher Kenney will be bringing America's 25th president to life in the next installment of the Historic Zoar Village's free speaker series.

Kenney will give a first-person account of the life of William McKinley this Saturday from 11 am to noon at the Zoar Schoolhouse. His presentation will include McKinley’s known fondness for the village of Zoar and the Zoar Hotel. 

Kenney is the education director for the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum and the assistant lecturer for the History Department at the University of Akron. He has written three books on McKinley and penned an article on him for the journal of the White House Historical Association. 

About Historic Zoar Village 

Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to present. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection.  

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