Mayflower Society donates books to Hayes Presidential Library

The Toledo Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Ohio donated six books to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library that will help patrons with genealogy research. 

The colony donated volumes known as the “Silver Books,” which each detail a different pilgrim on the Mayflower – the English ship that brought pilgrims to America - and his or her descendants for several generations.

This donation completed the Silver Book collection at the Hayes Presidential Library.

“Over the years, the Mayflower Society has encouraged early colonial research at the Hayes Library by donating this core set of books,” said Becky Hill, Hayes Presidential Library head librarian. “People who have found their ancestors in those books will often share, with pride, their discovery with the staff. 

“We are grateful that the society has kept our collection current with recent scholarship.”

The Silver Books are published by the General Society Mayflower Descendants at the national headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This donation from the Toledo Colony was made possible through the funds of the Society Mayflower Descendants in Ohio.

The Toledo Colony and SMDOH are pleased to work with the Hayes Presidential Library in an effort to ensure this historically correct information is available to the public.

Members who recently brought the donation to the library are: Susan Fisher, lieutenant governor; Judy Rand, deputy lieutenant governor; June Chapin, member and long-time Fremont resident; and Heather Reichert, colony representative to the Ohio State Board of Assistants.

To date, SMDOH, through its five Colonies (Toledo, Cleveland, Western Reserve, Columbus and Cincinnati) has made similar donations to about 12 libraries. Information about the Mayflower Society can be found at: https://www.themayflowersociety.org and https://www.ohiomayflower.org.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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