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News from the Manuscripts Division Archives


Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43416
Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts
1/800-998-7737 x39
ncard@rbhayes.org

August 2014



NORTHWEST OHIO VETERANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

American Legion

The Hayes Center’s Manuscripts Division recently launched its Northwest Ohio Veterans Oral History Project. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the remembrances and recollections of America’s veterans through personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials.

The project focuses on veterans who served from before WW II to the present day conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq. The Auxiliary of the John Fador Post #114 of the American Legion of Oak Harbor, Ohio raised $1,000 to help cover the initial startup costs.
Above, a grateful Julie Mayle is shown accepting the check presented by the Auxiliary officers. Behind them, in the hall outside the Center's research library, is a display created by Julie, honoring area veterans.

Manuscripts Assistant Julie Mayle is interviewing veterans in their homes, at the Center, and at various locations. She makes an audio recording of the interview, which, along with scans of veterans' photographs, military documents, letters, and diaries, is given to each veteran. They are also preserved as part of the Hayes Presidential Center’s Local History Collection. Julie uploads the audio recordings and scans of veterans’ photographs and documents to Youtube and Historypin where anyone can access them and listen to the audio recording. They are also linked on the Hayes Center’s website.

If you or anyone you know is or was a military veteran or worked on the home front for the war effort and would like to participate, please contact Julie Mayle or Curator of Manuscripts Nan Card at 419-332-2081 or email jmayle@rbhayes.org or ncard@rbhayes.org . Julie and Nan are deeply appreciative of those individuals whose donations have helped make this project possible !

MONUMENTS MEN ARTICLE LEADS TO DONATION

John D. Skilon, Jr.

Media coverage of the recently released Monuments Men, led Communications and Marketing Director Nancy Kleinhenz to highlight the Manuscript Division's small collection of letters of John Davis Skilton, Jr.

Skilton was with the group who discovered and later returned to the French some 21,000 pieces of art looted by the Nazis.

A family member, living in the Washington, D. C. area, saw the article. Since then, he has donated hundreds of war date letters written by Skilton and his parents. It will take some time to process the collection that also includes records documenting Skilton's life.

An art historian, Skilton worked at the National Gallery . During WWII, collections were transported to the Biltmore in North Carolina . Skilton was sent with the collection to see to their care and preservation before leaving for overseas. At left is a portion of the donated Skilton letters and documents.


THANK YOU MANUSCRIPTS DIVISION DONORS!

At left are two unique 72nd O. V. I. group photographs. Assistant Surgeon William Caldwell (seated left), Rollin Edgerton (standing left), Orin England (standing right), and J. W Watterson (seated right) had their picture taken during the Civil War as non-commissioned officers. After being promoted, the men posed again for their photograph,

sitting in the same position. All except Watterson were from Fremont. All survived the war. We have known about these photographs for some time, but when the opportunity to purchase them occurred, it was donations to the Manuscripts Division that made it possible! Thank you! Now these photos will be accessible to all!

HISTORY ROUNDTABLE WITH MIKE GILBERT

The Hayes Presidential Center is pleased to announce that recently retired Fremont Ross History teacher Mike Gilbert will present a six-part series of discussions on "Sandusky County in the Civil War Era," reflecting Mike's pride in the rich and diverse history of the county. Although Mike taught for 38 years, he misses it! He hopes that adults and young people will attend and share their own stories with him. Dates are Sept. 20; Sept. 27; Oct. 11; Oct. 18; Oct. 25; and Nov. 1. Sessions will take place in the Hayes Museum from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for each session or $25 for all six. To register, contact Nan Card, 419-332-2081 x239 or ncard@rbhayes.org


IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

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Northwest Ohio Veterans Oral History Project

Dorothy T. Damore
In Memory of her father Malcolm Taylor, WWII Veteran

Glenn Kuebeler

Sandra Zenser

Mary B. Wonderly, M.D.

Paula Welty

Sidney Frohman Foundation

Auxiliary of the John A. Fador Post #114 American Legion

Stephen Burr

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Dunmyer

Patty D. Pascoe
In Memory of her father Christopher Dahm, WWII Veteran

Ann Cain

Kristie Miller

Anonymous Donor

Father Marc Charboneau

George Stoll Post o. 3343Veterans of Foreign War: VFW Ohio Charities

We are grateful to these special individuals, who through their thoughtfulness and generous donations made it possible to acquire new Manuscript Collections and resources at the Hayes Presidental Center that benefit researchers - genealogists, scholars, local historians, students, and educators - not just for today, but for a lifetime! Thank you for helping the Hayes Presidential Center continue its tradition of research excellence!

You can donate safely and conveniently online by following this link to Donations to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund - or you can send your donation to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420

THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER WHERE AMERICA'S PAST COMES ALIVE FOR ALL!

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND STUDIES USING THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER'S PHOTOGRAPH AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

The 1924 Tornado in Lorain and Sandusky Deadliest in Ohio History . by B. B. D'Annibale

Silver Lake Park by M. L. McClure


"Trouble Along the Border: The Transformation of the U. S. - Mexican Border During the Nineteenth Century," by Ryan Duffy (thesis)

Uncommonly Savage: Civil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States by Paul D. Escott

Tom Horn in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball

White House: Its Furnishings and First Families by Betty C. Monkman

Grand Old Man of Maine by Jeremiah E. Goulka

Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours by John Moeller

Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State by Kevin F. Kern and Gregory S. Wilson

" They Cannot Catch Guerillas in the Mountains Any More Than a Cow Can Catch Fleas": Guerilla Warfare in Western Virginia, 1861 - 1865 by Karissa Marken, Liberty University (thesis)

Ohio Wine Guide

"
Preserving the Presidency: Collections Management and Use In America's Presidential Libraries" by Kristen Marie Leffelman, San Francisco State University (thesis)

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
1/800-998-7737 x 239
ncard@rbhayes.org
www.rbhayes.org
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