Alexandra Hutchings (right) - 2009
Alexandra Hutchings is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where she is pursuing a double major in History and Women's and Gender Studies. Alex takes part in a work/study program at the university's Archives of Ohio United Methodism. Interested in living history and museum work, Alex has participated in Civil War re-enacting for the past three years.
Alex joined us in late summer, one of the busiest times at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. She worked tirelessly on exhibits and on preparing scans of historic photographs for the Hayes Center's website. She scanned hundreds of black and white prints that were uploaded to our Images from the Fremont News-Messenger from the 1970s through the 1990s. She helped mount Remembering Their Summer, a display of photographs taken on the grounds of Spiegel Grove by the students participating in the 2009 Migrant School Program. Alex also helped Hayes Museum Registrar Mary Lou Rendon (above left) take down the First Lady-Style exhibit, packing 29 dresses and dress forms for their return to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. She also helped remove, wrap, and store Hayes Home artifacts in preparation for the next phase in the restoration work.
A special bonus for the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums was Alex's knowledge of 19th century dress. She was able to date and identify the owner of a dress recently donated to the Hayes Center. It was quite an accomplishment! What was once an "orphan" dress has now been identified as the dress of Elizabeth Huntington Rice. The dress was made for Elizabeth's wedding that took place in June 1881 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums thanks Alex for all of her hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm!