Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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News & Media

Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with activities, dress

Friday, July 31, 2020

To celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is putting some of her gowns on special exhibit in August and having a day-long birthday party on Saturday, Aug. 29.

From Saturday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 29, Hayes Presidential is bringing some of Lucy’s intricate gowns out of storage and putting them on special exhibit for two weeks only.

Talk examines First Lady Lucy Hayes’ college essays, thoughts on politics, religion

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes is often remembered mostly as the woman who helped to keep alcohol out of the White House during her husband’s administration.

Yet, a study of the essays she wrote in college shows a woman who was highly in tune with the happenings of the world around her with respect to politics and religion.

Aug. 5 Verandah Concert to be online only, June concert rescheduled for September

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ next Verandah Concert will feature a boogie woogie pianist and singer and take place live on Hayes Presidential’s Facebook page.

Special exhibit examines presidents’ relationships with media through U.S. history

Friday, July 24, 2020

The next special exhibit at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will examine this relationship between the president and the press and how presidents through the years, from George Washington to Donald Trump, have interacted with the media. “The Press & The Presidency” opens to the public on Friday, Sept. 11, in the Hayes Museum large rotating exhibit gallery.