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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Visit The Estate

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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Everything You Need to Know

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Learn to trace your family history with genealogy classes at Hayes Presidential Library

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Learn how to get started on tracing your family history with “Learning About Your Past” genealogy classes offered in 2020 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Share a historic item or photo during two Retro Roundtable events at Hayes Presidential

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bring a family heirloom, letter, photograph, piece of clothing, toy or other artifact with special meaning to you and share its story during Retro Roundtable events in April at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Presidential History Book Club

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Read and discuss books about the U.S. presidency with this free book club.

Mark your calendar for summer Verandah Concerts at Hayes Presidential

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A string band, a boogie piano player and vocalists performing songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are among the performers featured this summer during the Verandah Concert series at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.