Special Exhibit "100 Moments"

Published Thursday, October 6, 2016

Explore President Rutherford B. Hayes’ passion for collecting historic artifacts and witness special moments in Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ history during a special exhibit now through May 7.

“100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation’s First Presidential Library” will showcase highlights of the century HPLM has been open. The exhibit focuses on three parts: President Hayes’ collecting of historical artifacts, Col. Webb Cook Hayes and his founding of HPLM and the vibrant history of HPLM.

The exhibit includes artifacts, documents and photos. Some of the artifacts were collected by President Hayes, who believed historical objects could connect people to a time and place in a powerful way. Others were collected by his son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes. The rest chronicle the interesting first century of HPLM’s existence. Items include Spanish armor and menus from HPLM’s annual Christmas dinners in the Hayes Home.

President Hayes collected items of historical significance throughout his life. Examples that are on permanent display in the museum include some of Abraham Lincoln’s presidential china and items from the Civil War, in which Hayes fought.

Col. Webb Cook Hayes wanted to further his parents’ lifelong goal of education and worked tirelessly through numerous challenges to open HPLM on Memorial Day 1916. The facility made the president’s papers and artifacts available to the public for research and learning.

Throughout its first century, HPLM has expanded the museum library building and grown its educational programming and events for the public. The exhibit will highlight some of those additions.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of holiday hours and closings.

Admission is included in a ticket to the Hayes Museum. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. HPLM members are admitted for free.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and is celebrating its centennial this year. It is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit www.rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hayespresidentialcenter and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.