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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
remont, Ohio 43420
Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts

APRIL 2007


The Hayes Presidential Center thanks Gale Hurd of Vermont, a descendant of the New England Hurd family, for providing a major gift to the Hayes Centerís Manuscripts Division. Ms. Hurdís generous gift will fund the costs involved in entering Hurd Family vital records into a software program that will ultimately be posted on the Hayes Presidential Center website.

In 1989, the Hayes Presidential Center received the Papers and Research Files of the late Thaddeus B, Hurd, an architect, and native of Clyde, Ohio . An avid genealogist and local historian, Mr. Hurd corresponded with other Hurd descendants and traveled extensively, researching and collecting data on Hurd ancestors and allied families. His genealogical material has long been the focus of Hurd descendants, bringing researchers to the Hayes Presidential Center from as far away as Australia !.



2007 National History Day at the Hayes Presidential Center

Ohio District 2 National History Day Participants

at the Hayes Presidential Center

March 31, 2007

Once again the Hayes Presidential Center was proud to host the 2007 National History Day Ohio District 2 competition (Schools from Ashland, Erie, Crawford, Marion, Huron, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Ottawa, Richland, and Huron counties). The national contest is for students in grades 6-12. Students conducted extensive research on this year's theme: "Triumph and Tragedy,"


Lake Erie's Yesterdays Features More Historic Photographs

You can now enjoy more than 300 additional historic photographs online from the Charles E. Frohman Collection. Recent addtions include Lake Erie vessels, scenes of the 1913 Flood at Tiffin, Ohio, and Carey, Ohio's Our Lady of Consolation Church. Lake Erie's Yesterdays, the searchable image database hosted by OhioLINK, features more than 1,300 images and descriptions of Northwest Ohio, Lake Erie, and the Erie Islands. Lake Erie's Yesterdays is made possible by the continuing partnership of the Sidney Frohman Foundation, OhioLINK, and the Hayes Center. Enjoy the host of new features made available for the first time by OhioLINK's Digital Media Center!

Dalton Hayes

Dalton Hayes WWI Correspondence

The current issue of Paper Trail features selected WWI letters of Dalton Hayes, prepared by volunteer Danna McKinney. Dalton, son of Fanny Hayes and Harry Eaton Smith and grandson of President Hayes, left Princeton in 1917 to enlist in one of the United States' most skilled and highly trained regiments, the 165th Infantry of the Rainbow Division

Hayes Historical Journal Articles

Thanks to efforts of staff members Linda Huss and Verna Young more than 50 articles by noted historians appearing in the Hayes Historical Journal between 1976 and 1993 now are featured online.

Fremont, Ohio Ochs Funeral Home Records

Compiled in six ledgers are nearly a century (1891 to 1982) of records from Fremont, Ohio's Ochs Funeral Home, known today as the Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home. The ledgers as well as the microfilm are now available for research. The names appearing in the records also have been entered into the Hayes Presidential Center's Obituary Index by volunteer Mary Ann Seiberg. The award-winning regional obituary index now contains more than one million entries from 26 Ohio counties and more than 40 communities!

General Manning F. Force

Gen. Manning Force Family Correspondence

Post-war family correspondence written primarily by Charles and William Q. Force and their families to Manning Force, Cincinnati lawyer, Civil War commander of the 20th Ohio, and lifelong friend of President Hayes. Force was honored when President Hayes and Lucy named one of their children for him.

Captain Simon Wilkerson, 18th Alabama

Thirteen letters written by Confederate Capt. Simon Wilkerson to his family during his imprisonment (1863 to 1865) on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie.



Gale S. Hurd

Robert H. Ballard, Jr.

Ted Mahr

Dr. Ari and Olive Hoogenboom

Ray and Cindy Henderson

Port Clinton Mothers of Twins Club


Your contributions help the Hayes Presidential Center preserve and expand an evolving Manuscript Collection that for 90 years has educated, inspired, and given us deeper insights into our past . Thank you!

Your name appears as a donor on our web site, in the Statesman newsletter, and in the Hayes Presidential Center Annual Report . You can donate safely and conveniently online at Donations to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund . - or you can send your contribution to the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420.


fighting mccooks; permission of charles & barbara whalen

  • The Fighting McCooks by Charles and Barbara Whalen

  • Chester A. Arthur (Presidential Leaders) by Ruth Tenzer Feldman

  • Prayer, Power & Petticoats: Lessons in Faith from the First Ladies from Martha Washington to Laura Bush by Sue E. Tennant

  • This Day in Ohio History by Rebecca Goodman and Barrett J. Brunsman

  • Whose America ? Culture Wars in the Public Schools by Jonathan Zimmerman

  • The House: The History of the House of Representatives by Robert V. Remini

  • Plains Wars, 1757 Ė 1900 by Charles Robinson III

  • Hocking Valley Railway by Edward H. Miller, Jr.

  • Victim of Honor by James E. Duffey

  • Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography by Marie E. Kelsey

  • Rutherford B. Hayes: Biographies for Beginners by ProQuest
    Education for Beginners



Few places in Ohio are more beautiful than Spiegel Grove in the springtime. Gilbert Gonzalez, Head of Photographic Resources, has captured that beauty in this exclusive set of six spring notecards. You can purchase a set for $9.50 at the Museum Store. For those of you far away, you can still enjoy a touch of Spiegel Grove's beauty in spring. Just click on the collage below and order yours online!


Thank you for your continuing interest in and loyal support of the Hayes Presidential Center.

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420