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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Share a historic family item, tell its story at Retro Roundtable

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Do you have a family heirloom, letter, photograph, piece of clothing, game or toy or any other artifact that has special meaning to you? Bring it to Retro Roundtable at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, and share its story.

Exhibit features poverty during President Hayes’ era and ties in modern poverty issues

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” will be open April 7 – May 25 in the lower level of the museum.

Region II History Day winners headed to state competition

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winners chosen in various individual and group project categories will move on to the state competition April 21 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Learn to use free genealogy websites in class at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Learn how to use free genealogy websites to help track your family history during a class offered Saturday, March 24, at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.