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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Second Saturdays R 4 Kids program features hands-on fun

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kids can learn to make paper origami, paint on canvas, experience life in a Civil War camp and more during Second Saturdays R 4 Kids at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

"Uncaged:" Monthly featured artifact

Friday, February 16, 2018

“Uncaged” features a different artifact each month in a display case in the lower level of the museum. These artifacts are taken from the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums collection storage area, which staff have nicknamed “the cage.”

History and STEM partner with hands-on activities at kids' summer program

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kids can design their own roller coasters, discover how airplanes fly and experiment with algae during a new summer program at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library &

Watch: Kids make ice cream during Second Saturdays R 4 Kids

Monday, February 12, 2018

Kids learned about the bygone ice harvesting industry in the special exhibit "Ice for Everybody" and then made their own ice cream at Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, a monthly educational program.