Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Visit The Estate

Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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News & Media

Special Exhibit "Presidential Pop Culture" opens Feb. 3

Thursday, January 19, 2017

This light-hearted exhibit takes a look at the influence of popular culture on the American presidency.

The misconception about Hayes, Reconstruction and Jim Crow

Thursday, January 19, 2017

By the time Hayes became president, Reconstruction was mostly over. Jim Crow laws were not widespread until the 1890s, and they were legitimized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896, three years after Hayes’ death.

Family of World War I veteran receives Purple Heart at HPLM

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Purple Hearts Reunited returned the medal to the family of World War I veteran Carl Ivan Bond.

2017 Genealogy Class Schedule

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Find out "Where you came from" with genealogy classes at HPLM.