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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Demon Rum & Cold Water: Exhibit features temperance and the road to Prohibition

Friday, February 8, 2019

The next special exhibit at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, “Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance,” will examine temperance; the involvement of women, who were often leaders of the movement; its effect on the American public; and the road that eventually led to Prohibition being enacted in 1920.

Share a historic item or photo during two Retro Roundtable events

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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.

Kids learn STEM with hands-on experiments, activities during summer program

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kids can build their own boats, design a roller coaster and create a terrarium during the Frohman Summer Series: Hands on History at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Ohio Presidential Trail launched, includes Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Just in time for President’s Day, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has been named a stop on the new Ohio Presidential Trail.