As a swing state in U.S. Presidential elections, Ohio frequently gets attention from the pundits who offer analysis and predictions on Presidential elections. So learning about the role Ohio politics has played in not only electing presidents, but also in grooming and nominating successful candidates in the past was something I was keen to learn more about. Even though I was born, raised and educated through university in the state, I've never quite understood how Ohio came to be such a key player in electoral politics. My 8th grade Ohio history class learning has faded with age and this program seemed a good opportunity to review the key aspects of the state's role as a "cradle of Presidents." While there was not any attempt to tie Ohio's political history to its present status as a key swing state, I did garner quite a lot of insight into the lives and contributions made by the 8 men claimed by Ohio who went on to the While House. None of the 8 has been elevated by Presidential historians to the top half of present-day rankings of U.S. Presidents. But this study tour gave us opportunity to hear from those who have dedicated considerable time and scholarship to one or more of these Presidents, and to "set the record straight," in many instances improving their standing in our eyes at least. I was particularly impressed by the presentations we heard on Ulysses S. Grant and the challenges he faced as President. While perhaps the program organizers decided to save the "best" to last, in my opinion it was too bad that Grant's life was addressed only on the final day of the program when we were more concerned with onward travel. He was, after all, the only of the 8 to serve two full terms, and the earliest of the 8 to be born, raised & educated in the state. Also I thought the program would benefit from a day in Columbus since the path to victory for most of these men lay in that state capital. In many ways, this program left me eager to read even more on the Ohio 8!