MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association and the Montclair Orchestra recently celebrated presidential history at a music-filled gala during the reenactment of President Grover Cleveland’s 1893 inauguration.
The event, which benefited both organizations, included a recreation of the night Cleveland took office as the only president to serve a non-consecutive term.
“The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is a significant part of New Jersey history," said event chair Alice Gibson. "Events like this help to raise the visibility of this presidential landmark and the forthcoming visitors’ center that will serve as an educational and cultural destination for people of all ages and from all places. Cleveland’s legacy and his role in shaping our nation is relevant, even in today’s world.
"Remembering Cleveland and learning about the past is key progress. His birthplace is the beginning of his story and worthy of recognition."
The black-tie affair featured the role of President Cleveland performed by grandson George Cleveland. Jaime Gialloreto, Miss New Jersey, played First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland. They were joined by Grover Cleveland’s great-grandson, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Robertson IV, who filled the shoes of Vice President Adlai Stevenson.
The Montclair Orchestra performed "Hail to the Chief" during the inauguration and conducted a mini-concert for gala attendees. Chef Roland Mesnier shared stories of his 25-year career as White House Pastry Chef. CBS personality John Elliott served as auctioneer and master of ceremonies during the fundraisers auction that included presidential memorabilia as well as time at vacation homes.
To learn more about the Grover Cleveland Birthplace or to visit the museum, visit www.presidentcleveland.org.
The above photos were provided by Janet Markman of Janet Markman Photography.