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News from the Manuscripts Division

NEWS FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS DIVISION

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
F
remont, Ohio 43420
Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
1/800-998-7737
ncard@rbhayes.org

FEBRUARY 2006

CIVIL WAR ARTICLES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Volunteers Ann Cain and Ken Miller are indexing Northwest Ohio newspapers for articles about and letters from Northwest Ohio regiments during the Civil War. Newspapers include the Fremont Journal, Sandusky Register, Norwalk Reflector, and the Bellevue Independent. The information is being entered into a database. When complete, the database will appear on the web site.If you would like to help with indexing, please call (1/800-998-7737, x 39) or email me at ncard@rbhayes.org .

Special thanks go to Stephen Badenhop, a senior at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, who has been volunteering this past month to help enter the data. Steve is an Honors student, majoring in History. He plans to attend graduate school where he will focus on European History.

USED BOOK SALE

Many of you responded to our January Sale of duplicate and used books donated by staff and patrons. Thank you for making the January sale a success! Your purchases benefited the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund.

Thanks also go to Barbara Stager and Brett Kolcun. After receiving the newsletter, Barbara and Brett offered to donate many of their own books for a future sale! In Brett's words, "I was glad I could donate to an historical cause!"

Check out this month’s list at FEBRUARY USED BOOK SALE Please read the purchase and delivery procedures and condition guidelines carefully. We have tried to make the process as simple as possible. Please order sooner rather than later!

If you know someone who would enjoy one of our listings, please feel free to forward this newsletter. New subscribers can easily receive News from the Manuscripts Division by clicking on this link News from the Manuscripts Division .

When visiting the Hayes Presidential Center, be sure to browse the used books and vintage postcards in the Used Book Sale Area near the Reception Desk.


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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE

HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

Thomas W. Waldsmith
James Douglass
Pat Dwyer

Charles Everett, Mississippi River Squadron

Your donations are deeply appreciated!
You can read the names of other loyal supporters and donate conveniently and safely online at
Donations to the Hayes Presidential Center ManuscriptsFund.

Your contributions helped purchase and preserve this photograph and a dozen letters written by Charles Everett during his Civil War service in the Mississippi River Squadron. He served aboard the USS Fairy and USS Clara Dolsen. Everett was the son of one of Sandusky County, Ohio's pioneer families. Many of his letters are directed to his father, Homer Everett, lawyer, judge, mayor of Fremont, Ohio, and author of Sandusky County's 1882 history.

Everett's letters complement the Civil War diary kept by 14-year-old Fremont sailor JamesDickinson who also served in the Mississippi River Squadron aboard the USS Clara Dolsen and the USS Tawah . You can read online his fine account of his days in the "Brown Water Navy." Together, they provide a better understanding of one of the least explored aspects of the Civil War.

AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR

If you have an interest in the Civil War, you will want to pick up the March issue of America’s Civil War and read Dr. Jonathan Noyalas’ article “False Gibraltar at Fisher’s Hill.” Dr. Noyalas teaches History and is Director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia. He used the Hayes Papers and the Russell Hastings Collection to help tell the story of the Battle of Fisher’s Hill. Dr. Noyalas’ account of the successful flanking maneuver of General George Crook’s division commanders is superb!

Also just out is Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson. Swanson tells the story of the search for and capture of John Wilkes Booth. Critical in the hunt for Booth was detective Colonel Everton J. Conger who lived in Fremont, Ohio. You can read a brief sketch of this local hero at NORTHWEST OHIO NARRATIVES "Colonel Everton J. Conger and Lincoln's Assasin." Harrison Ford is slated to play Conger in Manhunt, the 2007 film based on James Swanson's work.

NEW ON THE WEBSITE

Charles E. FrohmanA description of the Charles E. Frohman Research Materials can now be viewed online. The collection documents the history of Sandusky, Ohio, the Erie Islands, Lake Erie, and its shoreline communities. This heavily used collection contains more than 30 linear ft. of documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, photographic prints, 35 mm. slides, pamphlets, brochures, and the manuscripts of the ten local history books published by Mr. Frohman between 1965 and 1976.



PAPER TRAIL

Many of you subscribed to PAPER TRAIL which highlights Manuscripts and Photographs from the Hayes Presidential Center Collections. PAPER TRAILcurrently features an albumen print of Joseph A. Joel. Joel was a 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry comrade and lifelong friend of President Hayes. Read Joel’s reminiscence of Passover celebrated during the Civil War by him and his Jewish comrades. You will enjoy it. Joseph Joel 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry A reproduction of Joel’s picture is currently part of a Jewish heritage exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio.

Each year, the Hayes Presidential Center receives numerous requests for reproductions of Manuscripts and Photographs for exhibit purposes. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will feature a picture of “Old Whitey,” President Hayes’ warhorse, in an upcoming exhibit titled "White House Horses." Telegrams Hayes received at the White House informing him of “Old Whitey’s” death also were reproduced for the exhibit. Read about Old Whitey and see a photograph of him in an earlier issue of the online PAPER TRAIL.

“UNTARNSIHING THE GILDED AGE”
A Landmarks in American History Workshop

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Hayes Presidential Center a grant designed to enrich the teaching of community college instructors in the Humanities and the Sciences. At two weeklong workshops in May, the Hayes Presidential Center will host “Untarnishing the Gilded Age.” Dr. Steven Culbertson of Owens Community College will serve as Project Director.

Instructors will deepen their understanding of Gilded Age issues and events through lectures by visiting scholars; the Hayes Presidential Center’s books, periodicals, and Manuscript Collections; and site tours of the Hayes Presidential Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, Millionaires' Row in Cleveland, Ohio, and Lawnfield, the home of President James A. Garfield. Learn more about the workshops at News and Notes

Again, thank you for your support!

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