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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 x239
ncard@rbhayes.org

JUNE 2013

ELTON MACKIN, WORLD WAR I MARINE

Elton Mackin, was born in New York in 1898. He served as a battalion runner for the 67th Company 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, United States Army Regulars. This highly decorated Marine fought in every Marine Brigade battle from Belleau Wood to the crossing of the Meuse on the eve of the Armistice. Mackin was awarded the United States Army Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and two Army Silver Star citations. He eventually settled in Norwalk, Ohio.

Marine Corps historian George B. Clark read articles about Mackin in "Leatherneck Magazine." He discovered that Mackin had written a memoir and given an oral interview of his experiences.



Using the oral interview and Mackin's manuscript, Clark published it as a book titled
Suddenly We Didn't Want To Die: Memoirs of a World War I Marine. 

Using the draft of Mackin's memoir and the audiotapes that are part of the
Elton Mackin Collection at the Hayes Presidential Center, the digitized transcription was created. It is available by following this link .






HISTORYPIN

Perry's Monument Workers Have you ever wondered what your town looked like 70 years ago? Or are you curious to see how Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was built? or how Ohio's 1913 flood inundated the towns of Tiffin and Fremont. Ohio?

The Manuscripts Division's new project is doing just that - sparking interest in the past by combining history and geography. We join other archives, museums, schools, and individuals in collective storytelling by "pinning" historic photographs to Google's worldwide map. Tagged with date and location, photographs of some of Fremont, Ohio's early homes and businesses fade out to present-day Google street views. You can watch the images as a slide show. Recently, HISTORYPIN featured our important images of the Battle of Iwo Jima as its "Story of the Week." Explore the world and then add your own pictures from then and now!


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: HERITAGE OF THE CIVIL WAR

Library of Congress


The Documentary Heritage of the Civil War is a five part/five year effort by the Library of Congress to highlight Civil War collections acquired by institutions in the last 25 years. This year, the Library of Congress is focusing on "Make Way for Liberty!" the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the African American experience from slavery until the end of the Civil War. We are pleased that, once again, Civil War collections here at the Hayes Presidential Center are featured. in the web presentation.










ERIE COUNTY, OHIO CORONER'S LEDGER, 1932 -1938

Dr. John Yochem served as Erie County Ohio's Coroner from 1932 to 1938. Descendants donated the personal journal he kept during those years. He recorded data on the more than 280 Erie County, Ohio deaths he investigated during that period. Names have been added to the Hayes Presidential Center's Ohio Obituary Index.




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Check out the next Hayes Center Genealogy Class schedule



IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER

MANUSCRIPTS FUND

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Sandra Zenser

Carolyn Bahnsen

Barbara P. Reid

Dr. David and Mary Hockenbery
In Honor of Pastor Bill and Helen Slates

Ed Debevec

Rich and Linda Geyman

In Memory of Peg Hetrick

We are grateful to these special individuals, who through their thoughtfulness and generous donations made it possible to acquire new Manuscript Collections and resources at the Hayes Presidental Center that benefit researchers - genealogists, scholars, local historians, students, and educators - not just for today, but for a lifetime! Thank you for helping the Hayes Presidential Center continue its tradition of research excellence!

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

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


A Postal Card to Chicago: The Role of Law, the National Army, and the Roots of Progressive Labor Policy in the Pullman Strike, (Thesis) by Benjamin Coakley

Dead but Sceptered Sovereigns: Johnson’s Island and the Civil War in Media and Memory (thesis) by Jason R. Carruthers

"Ohio Pound-Net Boat Fishing” by William Kohler in Wooden Boat

Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lake: 1700 – 1850 by Charles Beatty-Medina and Melissa Rinehart

Thomas Nast: Father of Modern Political Cartoons by Fiona Deans Halloran

"'Determined to Maintain This Place,' Fort Stephenson in the War of 1812," by Stephen Ostrander in Timeline


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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