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News from the Hayes Presidential Center 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

January 2010

HAYES CENTER'S OHIO OBITUARY INDEX ON ANCESTRY

Some months ago, Librarian Becky Hill announced that the Center's popular Ohio Obituary Index, featuring more than 1.5 million records, would be duplicated on Ancestry.com, the subscription-based genealogy research website with over 5 billion records. Genealogists who research through Ancestry.com will be happy to know that the merger took place earlier this month! If you do not have access to Ancestry, you may go to the Hayes Center's website ( www.rbhayes.org ) and you will find the Ohio Obituary Index just as it always has been - free and at the same location!


HAYES CENTER WELCOMES NEW ARCHIVAL INTERN

Carl Brown:Archival Intern Carl Brown of Huron, Ohio is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter, U.K., with a Masters Degree in War and Society. He previously graduated from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan in 2007 with a major in History and in Art. His area of primary study is Europe since 1815 with an emphasis on the perception of non-western civilizations and their military capabilities.

During his internship with the Manuscripts Division, Carl is processing some of the Hayes Presidential Center's Gilded Age collections; creating finding aids for online access via the Center's website; scanning pictures and entering metadata for the online local history image database; and conducting research on some of President Hayes' contemporaries.

UNIQUE FABRICATIONS: CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS SPONSOR

UNIQUE FABRICATIONS In early December, more than 300 fourth-grade students from Fremont, Ohio, elementary schools visited the Hayes Home and Museum as part of the Center’s new Curriculum Connections program. When Fremont, Ohio ’s Unique Fabrications learned of the Center ’s new educational program, the company asked how they could help. Unique Fabrications offered to become a sponsor, making students’ visit possible by covering all of the transportation costs. Development Director Kathy Boukissen is seeking additional sponsors for schools that lack funding for a visit. For more information about Curriculum Connections or to donate contact Kathy at 419-332-2081, ext. 26 or email her at kboukissen@rbhayes.org.

NOW ON THE HAYES CENTER WEBSITE

WILLIAM KING ROGERS

William King Rogers was a lawyer, ordained minister, and private secretary to President Rutherford B. Hayes during his White House years. His family, business, and legal papers include materials on the Chiriqui Improvement Co., land development in Hastings and Duluth, Minnesota, mining in Arizona Territory, and railroad interests in Northern Mexico.

Rogers suffered financial losses throughout most of his career. But you can read on Ohios Yesterdays about the lasting contribution he made to the city of Duluth in the creation of the Skyline Parkway.


Henry Washington Benham General Henry Washington Benham
(1813 - 1884) Two letterpress copybooks and 64 albumen prints belonging to General Benham. A West Point graduate, Benham served in the War with Mexico and the Civil War. He spent the bulk of his military career assigned to the Corps of Engineers, where he designed and constructed coastal fortifications. Benham was an expert in the construction of pontoon bridges. During the Civil War, he oversaw the building of the pontoon bridge that allowed Union General Joseph Hooker to retreat across the Rappahannock River after the Battle of Chancellorsville.



RendellRhoadesCroquetCollection Rendell Rhoades Croquet Collection
Croquet enthusiasts, the late Dr. Rendell Rhoades and his wife Nancy L. Rhoades, donated to the Hayes Center their collection of nearly 1,000 books and materials on the subject. The new Center-created exhibit, Croquet: A Sport Story, opening Feb. 9th in the Hayes Center's Museum, highlights materials from the collection, the largest of its kind in the nation. The exhibit is in conjunction with the Hayes Center's (July 2 - 4) summer event, Wine, Wickets, & Wheels. Follow this link for more about the weekend's events - Pro/Am Croquet Challenge, Fine Wine Auction, Toledo Symphony Concert Band, & Collectible Car Show
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george m. cox sinking in 1933 near rock of ages shoalsThis photograph of the George M . Cox (click on the photo for more information and a larger view) sinking near the Rock of Ages Reef near Isle Royale in 1933 is just one of nearly 300 images that we have added this fall to Lake Erie's Yesterdays. The searchable image database now features nearly 2,100 photographs and information on pictures of Lake Erie, the Erie Islands, and ships of the Great Lakes that are part of the Charles E. Frohman Collection at the Hayes Center.


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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS
TO THE
HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

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We are deeply grateful to these special individuals, who, through their donations, have helped the Hayes Center continue its tradition of research excellence during these difficult economic times!

Gale S. Hurd

Alexander W. Kennedy

Ronald L. Stuckey, Ph.D
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Paul Joseph Coppa

Nat Rosenblatt

Barbara Reid
In Memory of the Dickinson Family

Edith G. Walden

Daniel Becker
In Honor of the 160th Anniversary of Hayes' Arrival in Cincinnati: Christmas Eve 1849

Ann W. and James S. Reeve II
In Memory of Stephen and Lucy (nee) Whittlesey Buckland

Dr. Wallace B. Eberhard

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 Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Fund, Attn: Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420

The Manuscripts Collections at the Hayes Presidential Center are available to all researchers who wish to discover, learn, and share new information about our historic past. As a donor, your name appears on our web site, in the Statesman newsletter, and in the Hayes Presidential Center Annual Report.

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 First White House Library: A History and Annotated Catalogue, edited by Catherine M. Parisian

"The Front Porch of the American People: James Cox and the Presidential Election of 1920" (Thesis) by Joe Faykosh

"Living Machines: The Horse in Ohio Cities," by Clay McShane and Joel A. Tarr in Timeline

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croquet:

Croquet: A Sport Story!

On exhibit February 9th in the Hayes Center Museum!
Sponsored by Diversified Insurance
and Auto-Owners Insurance

Nan Card
Curator of Manuscripts
Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
1/800-998-7737 x 39
ncard@rbhayes.org
www.rbhayes.org
Ohio's Yesterdays