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Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
Event Title: Tales of Travel from the President's Attic
Event Description: 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes enjoyed traveling. He was the first U.S. president to travel to the West Coast while in office. His children and grandchildren caught the travel-bug as well, as evidenced by their numerous steamer trunks and travel journals. This new Center-created exhibit takes a look at travel when it was a luxury few people could afford and the risks were very real. Visitors can see what early tourists (like Rutherford and Lucy Hayes) saw when they visited Yosemite Valley in the late 1800s, what a 19th-Century hunting party encountered on the Great Plains, or what travelers experienced in the barely-explored lands of Alaska three decades before it became a state. A focal point of the exhibit is dozens of travel trunks left in the attic of President Hayes’ home by the Hayes family. The exhibit showcases travel photos, clothing, souvenirs, and journals dating from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. A video component plays 20th Century home movies of the Hayes family’s travels to France and Scotland. Sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank.