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Hayes Presidential Center Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Donations go to new, interactive part of

Civil War museum exhibit

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

For #GivingTuesday, the Hayes Presidential Center seeks to raise money for one of the interactive experiences in its new museum exhibit galleries, which will be installed in early 2016 and open by Memorial Day weekend for the Center’s grand centennial celebration.

The Center would like to raise $3,000 toward the cost of adding an interactive experience where visitors can feel what it would be like to carry a Civil War soldier’s haversack. The Center would also apply to the Toledo Community Foundation for funds matching gifts it receives on #GivingTuesday.

The haversack experience will include a device that will help place the haversack on the visitor’s back. This will be prominently placed in the gallery that focuses on President Rutherford B. Hayes’ and First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes’ early years. President Hayes served in the Civil War and rose to the rank of general.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is the nation’s FIRST presidential library. It will celebrate its centennial throughout 2016. The Center is installing a new, handicapped accessible front entrance and new, updated exhibit galleries. Although the museum’s galleries were cutting edge when they were unveiled in 1968, they are nearly 50 years old and need to be replaced to better meet the needs of visitors of today and the future.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so online at or over the phone by calling Kathy Boukissen at 419-332-2081 ext. 226. The donation page does not accept credit cards with an expiration of 2020. If your credit card cannot be used on the website and you would like to donate, please call Boukissen.

92Y – a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized # GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving.

In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

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