Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Fremont, Ohio 43416
Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts
PRIVY TO HISTORY: CIVIL WAR PRISON LIFE UNEARTHED
Funded by the Sidney Frohman Foundation and the Friends & Descendants of Johnsons Island Civil War Prison, PRIVY TO HISTORY, opening May 1st advances the history of the Civil War Confederate Officers Prison located on Lake Erie's Johnson's Island with facts uncovered since the 1965 publication of Rebels on Lake Erie, the seminal history of the prison written by Charles E. Frohman. Collaboration with David R. Bush, Ph.D. of Heidelberg Universitys Center for Historic & Military Archaeology, makes possible the display of numerous artifacts recovered from the site during excavations of the prison latrines. Personal stories of prisoners and guards gleaned from diaries and letters enhance the understanding of prison life, the war, and how the two were inter-related
NORTHWEST OHIO VETERANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
The Hayes Centers Manuscripts Division recently launched its Northwest Ohio Veterans Oral History Project. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the remembrances and recollections of Americas veterans through personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials. The project focuses on veterans who served from before WW II to the present day conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Manuscripts Assistant Julie Mayle is interviewing veterans in their homes and at various locations. She makes an audio recording of the interview, which, along with scans of photographs, military documents, letters, and diaries, are preserved as part of the Hayes Presidential Centers Local History Collection. Julie has also uploaded the audio recordings and scans of veterans photographs and documents to Youtube and Historypin where anyone can access them and listen to the audio recording. They are also linked on the Hayes Centers website.
Julie prepares a packet containing a transcription of the interview and a CD of the digital files for each veteran. If you or anyone you know is or was a military veteran or worked on the home front for the war effort and would like to participate, please contact Julie Mayle or Curator of Manuscripts Nan Card at 419-332-2081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Julie and Nan are deeply appreciative of those whose donations have helped make this project possible !
NEW ON THE WEBSITE
LUCY HOUGH ACKERMAN The Hayes Presidential Center is grateful to Lucy Ackerman for donating the photographs, diaries, military records, and letters of Sherman Otis Hayes son of President Hayes oldest child Birchard Austin Hayes. The Hayes Center always is grateful for such significant donations as they provide greater insights into the lives of Hayes family descendants. Sherman moved to the state of Oregon as a young man. There, he met and married his wife Beatrice and the couple raised their daughter Lucy Webb Hayes (Lucy Ackermans mother)
ROGER LONG PAPERS build on the Hayes Center's exceptional holdings of the history of Lake Erie and the Erie Islands. Most significant is the collection of late historian Charles E. Frohman, who wrote extensively on the history of Sandusky and the Erie Islands. The Roger Long Papers complement the Frohman Collection, focusing on the Civil War Confederate Officers Prison on Johnson's Island; Jay Cooke on Gibraltar Island, and the John Brown family of Put-In-Bay.
OHIO'S YESTERDAYS: Check out our blog post featuring Admiral Webb C. Hayes, who returned to the U.S. Navy during WWII to captain the U.S.S. West Point . Originally the U.S.S. America, she was the largest merchant ship built at the time of WWII. She sailed more than 350,000 miles during the war, 14 times around the world. She sailed without escort even though her size made her a prime target of the enemy, particularly the wolf packs. that prowled the North Atlantic. At left, she is pictured entering her slip in New York Harbor with thousands of soldiers on deck, awaiting a hero's welcome at the end of WWII.
IN RECOGNITION OF DONORS TO THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER MANUSCRIPTS FUND
Dr. David and Mary Hockenbery
In Memory of Pastor Bill and Helen Slates
Northwest Ohio Veterans Oral History Project
Dorothy T. Damore
In Memory of her father Malcolm Taylor, WWII Veteran
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!
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND STUDIES USING THE HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER'S PHOTOGRAPH AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester
Colonels in Blue - Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee: A Civil War Biographical Dictionary
by Roger D. Hunt
The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol by Katherine House
McKinley Monument by Christopher Kenney
The American Presidents: Polk to Hayes, by Robert H. Nowlen
"From Stilts to Steel: Constructing the Lakeshore Lines from Cleveland to Toledo: Part I - 1835 - 1850," in Central Headlight by Ron Helmeci
The White House: Reflections from Within
(White House Visitors Center Video Documentary)
The Clydesdale Motor Truck Company: An Illustrated History, 1917-1939
Tiffany Willey Middleton and James M. Semon
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