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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

May 2011

COMMEMORATING THE CIVIL WAR

Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of America's Civil War, the Hayes Presidential Center's exhibit, Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront, opened April 12th. Through the holdings of the Hayes Presidential Center and the L. M. Strayer Collections, the exhibit explores the wartime experiences of Northern Ohio soldiers and families who lived through this defining moment in our nation's history.

Timeline 2011

It's a perfect time to learn more about President Hayes' role in the Civil War. You'll enjoy reading "The Twenty-third Goes to War: From Camp Chase to Antietam" by Ethan S. Rafuse in the first 2011 issue of Timeline. Rafuse is professor of Military History at U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Rafuse tells the story of a "remarkable fighting unit" created from northern Ohioans who were led by an amateur soldier from Cincinnati - Rutherford B. Hayes. You can pick up a copy in the Hayes Center Museum Store or, better yet, subscribe to the award-winning Timeline. You'll enjoy discovering the people and places of Ohio's past.






LAST FULL MEASURE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' ONLINE CIVIL WAR PHOTO EXHIBIT

Last Full Measure: Library of Congress Civil War ExhibitionOrganizations and institutions are remembering the Civil War in unique ways. One of the most haunting is the Library of Congress' Last Full Measure . Created from a recent gift from the Liljenquist Family, Last Full Measure is comprised of hundreds of Civil War era ambrotype and tintype photographs of Union and Confederate soldiers.The Library of Congress is hoping viewers of the online display will help with identification.




Rutherford B. and Lucy Webb Hayes



The Library of Congress is also creating links on its site to online Civil War collections from around the United States. The Hayes Center is among the first represented. Featured are letters written by Lucy to Hayes during the Civil War












An Artist Visits the White House Past

White House Historical Association ExhibitArtist Peter Waddell has completed a series of 14 paintings depicting the White House during the 19th century. His works were commissioned as part of the White House Historical Association's 50th anniversary celebration. "The Confidant" features First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes in the White House with Mary Monroe. Peter spent several days last summer at the Center making sketches for the painting of Lucy.
The painting is part of a unique online exhibit titled An Artist Visits the White House Past. Viewers can listen to audio and "roll over" the paintings to read historic information and see actual photographs of historic resources depicted in Waddell's paintings.


MORE GROB NEGATIVES DONATED

Grob Glass Plate NegativesListed below are the names appearing on recently donated glass plate negatives produced by longtime Fremont, Ohio photographer Reinhard Grob. They have been added to the more than 2,000 negatives whose names appear on our website. Please keep in mind that the names on the negatives are often those of the individuals who ordered the pictures. Our best estimate is that these images date from 1900 to 1911.

Mrs. J. Hufford, Orrin Parrish, Miss R. Keefe, Cornelia Palmer, C. W. Damschroder & Wife, Julia Lahey, Christ Bender Baby, J. Rectenwald, Margaret Miller, Hilda Kiser, John Schwartz & Wife, W. G. Moerder, John Leiscer, Mrs. W. P. Haynes, Chas. Heim, and O. B. Havens.








WOOD COUNTY PROBATE COURT RECORDS

If you are searching Wood County, Ohio ancestors, you will want to keep checking back to the Hayes Center's Ohio Obituary Index. Volunteer Dorothy Wagner is continually adding names and dates from the 4,000 Wood County divorce, guardianship, and miscellaneous cases (1850 - 1900). We thank Wood County Probate Judge David Woessner and the Wood County Records Center for helping arrange this second transfer of 19th-century records.


JOYCE ZEIGLER COLLECTION

You can now find a description of Joyce Zeigler's extensive genealogical collection on our website. Intern Emily George provided much of the processing of the records. Arranged by surname, much as Joyce originally organized her materials, the collection is contained in 32 archival albums.

A large portion of Joyce's research focused on ancestors in Wood, Hancock, Fulton, Erie, Lucas, and Sandusky Counties here in Ohio. We thank Joyce's family and friends for their generous donations that made it possible to house her collection in archival materials!

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS PROGRAM COMPLETES FIRST FULL YEAR

This year marks the first full year of the new Curriculum Connections education program developed by the Hayes Center staff. The program is on track to sponsor 2,538 student onsite Curriculum Connection: Erie County Ohio 4th grade studentsvisits – an increase of 27% over the previous year! 45 public and parochial schools from a 6-county area are participating this school year. Twelve schools (740 students) visited the Hayes Center for the very first time.

The Hayes Center is grateful to the 13 sponsors (businesses, foundations, and individuals) who are making it possible for students of cash-strapped schools to participate. Of special note is the sponsorship of Gale Hurd of Vermont. Gale has never visited the Hayes Center, but read about the program in our annual report. An advocate of education through history museums, Ms. Hurd's sponsorship helped fund the visit of Margaretta 4th graders (pictured at left) on May 4.



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IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND

Sandra Zenser

Jon Jay Shultz
In Memory of Archie and Alma Shultz

Gales S. Hurd

Edith G. Walden

Nat Rosenblatt

Jane Fox, Ph.D.

Ronald L. Stuckey, Ph.D.

U.S. Daughters of 1812 State of Ohio

Alexander W. Kennedy

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

Monica L. Johnson
In Memory of Dena Vaffis

Robert Conrad


Carolyn Bahnsen

Rich and Linda Geyman
In Memory of Sue Ann Hotz

Dr. Wallace B. Eberhard

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We are grateful to these special individuals, who, through their thoughtfulness and generosity, 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, your 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

Revered Commander, Maligned General: The Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931, by Michael E. Shay

"Tucson's Wondrous Railroad Depot: A History of the Toole Avenue Train Station" in The Smoke Signal, by William D. Kalt III and David Devine

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

Battle on the Plains: The United States Plains Wars, by Robert O'Neill & Charles M. Robinson

America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan, by James H. Willbanks

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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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