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Celebrate with us 100 years of America’s first presidential library!

On Memorial Day 1916, Col. Webb Hayes, son of President Rutherford B. Hayes, made his father’s papers and artifacts available to the public for research with the opening of a library and museum on his parents’ estate.

This became the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, America’s first presidential library. It was the forerunner for the modern federal presidential library system.

HPLM turns 100 this year. To celebrate, the facility invites the public to its Centennial Celebration May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend). The weekend will include many events, including a keynote speech by veteran journalist and author Cokie Roberts and performances by members of The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands and a brass quintet from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.

Also during the celebration, the museum will reopen after a $1.5 million renovation featuring new exhibit galleries and a new, handicapped-accessible main entrance.

Events on the grounds are free. Admission will be charged for non-members to the Hayes Home and Museum.

Food vendors will be located on the grounds May 28-29.

Parking is off-site only May 28-29. There will be a free, handicapped-accessible shuttle to and from local parking lots. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For parking and shuttle information, visit rbhayes.org or call 800-998-7737.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 28

· 9 a.m. – Ribbon-cutting for grand reopening of museum after $1.5 million renovation. The museum will be open until 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hayes Home open. No tours will be given between 12:45 and 2 p.m.

· 9 a.m. 5 p.m. – Silent auction featuring items donated by presidential sites around the country. This will take place in the museum snack area.

· 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Family activities and games for kids.

· 11:30 a.m. – Guided tour of the grounds. Meet at the main entrance to the museum.

· 1 p.m. – Members of The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands will march from downtown Fremont to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove. Co-Sponsored by City of Fremont and the Knight-Baldwin Charitable Foundation, Chris & Mary Knight and Charles Knight.

· 1:30 to 2 p.m. – Members of OSU Marching and Athletic Bands play at Spiegel Grove. (Alternate location in case of thunderstorms is Terra State Community College Student Activities Center. For information, call 800-998-7737.)

· 2:15 p.m. – Beard contest. Sponsored by Mayle, Ray & Mayle, LLC.

· 3 to 4:30 p.m. – A brass quintet from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Corps. Band plays on the Hayes Home verandah. Birthday cupcakes will be served after the concert.

Sunday, May 29

· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hayes Home and Museum open. No home tours will be given from 12:15 to 2 p.m.

· 9 a.m. 5 p.m. – Silent auction featuring items donated by presidential sites around the country. This will take place in the museum snack area.

· 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Guided tour of the grounds. Meet at the main entrance to the museum.

· 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Family activities, including games for kids.

· 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Centennial Ceremony on the Hayes Home verandah. Cokie Roberts, ABC News and National Public Radio analyst and best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker. Paraguay’s ambassador in the United States, German Rojas, also will make remarks about the connection between Paraguay and Hayes. A wreath-laying ceremony at President Hayes’ tomb will follow the ceremony.

· 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Barbecue and festive celebration. Discounted presale tickets for the barbecue are available and are recommended. For tickets or information, call 800-998-7737, ext. 238.

Monday, May 30

· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hayes Home and Museum open.

· Noon – Dedication ceremony for the Rutherford B. Hayes Skilled Trades Center at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. Those who attend can take self-guided tours of the building after the ceremony.

Additional funding for centennial events provided by ABC INOAC Exterior Services, LLC; Automatic Fire Protection; Catawba Island Brewing Company; Community Health Services; Croghan Colonial Bank; Downtown Fremont Inc.; Richard Binau Insurance & Financial Services; The Tom Kiser Family; ProMedica Memorial Hospital; Sandusky County Communities Foundation; Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau; The Fremont Co.; Mary B. Wonderly, M.D.; Wright Leather Works.

NOTE: Events are subject to change.

· Check rbhayes.org or call 800-998-7737 on where to park and updates on events.

· PARKING IS OFF-SITE ONLY. There will be a free shuttle from local parking lots, and it will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days. The shuttle is handicapped-accessible. There may be up to a 40-minute wait at the stops. Stops do not coincide with events. Parking information is listed below:

SHUTTLE STOPS

  • At Hayes Presidential Library & Museums: Cleveland Avenue gate and Buckland Avenue gate

  • Third Avenue Entrance to ProMedica Memorial Hospital parking lot

  • Hayes Elementary School Parking Lot, 916 Hayes Avenue

  • Corner of Arch and Croghan streets

PARKING

  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital parking lot accessed from Third Avenue

  • Hayes Elementary School, 916 Hayes Avenue

  • Lot on Arch Street between Garrison Street and Birchard Avenue

  • Bank parking lot at corner of Front and Croghan streets

(Fremont Federal Credit Union)

  • Lots at the corner of Arch and Croghan streets, and Arch Street between Croghan and Garrison streets (Croghan Colonial Bank)

Other event highlights during 2016:

· January-December 2016 – Life-sized cutouts of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes have embarked on a goodwill tour of the United States, each visiting a site or library for each president in numerical order from Mount Vernon to the White House. Each site will take photos and share them on social media. Follow the fun on our Facebook page at facebook.com/hayespresidentialcenter and on Twitter at @rbhayespres.

· July 4 – Fourth of July concert performed by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band on the Hayes Home Verandah. Admission is free. Sponsored by Crown Battery.

· Week of July 18 (Republican National Convention in Cleveland) – Special events are being planned.

· Oct. 1 or 2 (The specific date has not yet been selected.) – Lecture on the Presidency at the museum/library building. Keynote speaker is Clifton Truman Daniels, grandson of President Harry and First Lady Bess Truman. Sponsored by National Machinery Foundation.