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News from the Hayes Presidential Center Manuscripts Division

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

DECEMBER 2010

Civil War 150 Ohio

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of America's Civil War. States across the country are developing exhibits, hosting special events, and planning programs to mark this defining moment in our history. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center has partnered with the Ohio History Service Corps, a program that engages Americorps members who will help Ohioans rediscover the Civil War and the critical role that Ohio played militarily, politically, and economically.

Matthew StrobelRepresenting North Central Ohio (Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Morrow, and Marion Counties) is Matthew Strobel. One of 20 members, Matthew is hosted by the Hayes Presidential Center, where he will help promote Ohio's historic resources through community events and educational programs. Matthew said, I am excited to be working with so many great people at the Hayes Presidential Center and creating new contacts. The travel should be interesting because I will get to meet new individuals and explore some areas of Ohio I have never been before. Furthermore, promoting history has always been one of my dreams and being able to do it through such a prestigious organization like Americorps makes it all the better.

If you or your organization is interested in becoming involved in Ohio's commemoration of the Civil War, you can reach Matthew at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420, at 1/419-332-2081 x 237 or by emailing him at civilwar@rbhayes.org.

The Hayes Presidential Center will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the opening of its exclusive exhibit CIVIL WAR: Battlefield & HomeFront on April 12, 2011, the date of the firing of the first shots on Fort Sumter.

CENTER WELCOMES ARCHIVAL INTERN EMILY GEORGE

In early November, the Hayes Center staff welcomed Emily George, who will spend time at the Center performing an archival internship. Emily received her B. A. in History and American Politics in June 2009 from Williams College at Williamstown, Massachusetts. Emily has also worked in the Washington, D. C. office of Senator George Voinivich. Before pursuing graduate work in History, Emily hopes to gain first hand experience in researching, writing, and processing manuscript materials at the Hayes Presidential Center.


PRESIDENT HAYES & THE WESTERN TRIP OF 1880


President Rutherford B. Hayes at Ft. Douglas, Salt Lake City, Utah





























In the tradition of Presidents Washington and Jefferson, President Hayes believed it was important for Americans to physically see their president. In the late summer and fall of 1880, President Hayes and First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, family, friends, several cabinet members, and other dignitaries traveled to the West Coast. He was the first president to do so while in office. While the Hayes Center believed it was aware of the few pictures that existed of his Western Trip, the above cyanotype stereoview of President Hayes on the porch of Colonel Patrick E. Connor's Quarters at Fort Douglas in Utah recently came to light. Hayes stands at center at the top of the stairs. The First Lady may be standing on the porch at left?

Fort Douglas, Quarters of Colonel Patrick Connor The building, completed in 1876, was the most luxurious at Fort Douglas. It and other structures from the period survive on the campus of the University of Utah . We thank Ephraim Dickson, curator of the Fort Douglas Military Museum and Ron Fox of Salt Lake City, who is currently writing a book on presidential travels. While Hayes did not keep a diary during the Western Trip, Lt. Charles Noyes recorded the events of Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. You can read his experiences on Paper Trail . The map, outlining the itinerary of the Western Trip, was prepared by General William Tecumseh Sherman. It is on display in the Hayes Center's current exhibit, Hidden Treasures of the Hayes Museum.

NEW ON THE HAYES CENTER'S WEBSITE

The Civil War Research Page is filled with primary source materials - letters, documents, data, and photographs - from the Center's Manuscripts Division, as well as resources for researching Civil War soldiers. Now, thanks to volunteer Roy Wilhelm and intern Emily George, you can read the first of the digitized Military and Personal Sketches of Ohio’s Rank and File from Sandusky County in the War of the Rebellion from the 1885 Sandusky County's Hardesty's Encyclopedia .

Wells David Ream, born in Sandusky County in 1881. enlisted at the age of 17 in Company I of the 6th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers.This regiment was made up largely of men from Sandusky County. Recently, Wells David Reamone of Ream's descendants donated letters he wrote home to his siblings while serving in the Spanish American War. The black and white print at left shows Ream (second from right) sitting next to Clyde native and noted author Sherwood Anderson.

Tentmates Buzzel, Harris, Becker, and Engler also appear. Ream died in Bellevue, Ohio in 1969, the city's last surviving Spanish American War veteran.

MORE WOOD COUNTY RECORDS NOW AT THE CENTER

Thanks to Wood County Probate Judge David E. Woessner, more original 19th century Wood County records have been preserved at the Hayes Center. They will soon be available for onsite research. They inclue divorces from the 1890s and guardianships from 1851 to 1884. Data on these files will soon be entered in the Center's Ohio Obituary Index. Until then, by following the links below, you can check the online indexes of both record groups for names, dates, and case numbers. Wood County Records Manager Brenda Ransom and assistant Geneen Wise processed and indexed the records. Microfilm of these records is available at the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ohio. Hayes Center volunteer Dorothy Wagner will be entering the data in the Center's Obituary database.

Index to Wood County Ohio Divorce Records: 1894/96

Index to Wood County Ohio Guardianships: 1851 - 1884



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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

Nan Card
In Memory of Joan Gillis

Tom and Dorene Paul
In Memory of Joyce Parker Orshoski

Carolyn Bahnsen

Donald M. Roper

Zoe L. Titchener

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


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

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, you name appears on our web site 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 killing of crazy horse

The Killing of Crazy Horse, by Thomas Powers

The Maumee & Western Reserve Road: Its History and a Survey of the Milestones, by Gary L. Franks and Tony Clark, Historic Perrysburg, Inc.

The Great Task Remaining: The Third Year of Lincoln's War, by William Marvel

The Supreme Court under Morrison R. Waite, 1874 - 1888, by Paul Kens

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Financing the Civil War: Salmon Chase's Treasury" in Timeline, by Paul Moots


The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863, Scott L. Mingus, Sr.

Sherman's Mississippi Campaign, by Thomas Foster Buckley

" The Amos Spafford Farm and the War of 1812 in Ohio: A Case of Historic Memory Loss" in Northwest Ohio History, by Patrick M. Tucker and David M. Stothers

"From Camp Chase to the Antietam: The Twenty-third Goes to War" in Timeline, by Ethan S. Rafuse


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WE WISH YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham - US Navy Official

AND

PLEASE REMEMBER AMERICA'S SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS, THEIR FAMILIES
AND

OUR FALLEN HEROES

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
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