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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Search Our Library

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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Special exhibit features womenís history, from suffrage to #MeToo

Monday, June 17, 2019

Take your picture in a women’s suffrage scene, record your own video about your experiences with women’s history and immerse yourself in historically important speeches by women at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ next special exhibit.

Celebrate Fourth of July with patriotic concert at presidentís home

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The annual Independence Day Concert is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, on the lawn of the historic Hayes Home. Admission is free. 

Special schedule of activities returns to Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hold a piece of history, take a themed tour, paint a butterfly using the same technique as First Lady Lucy Hayes and more as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ special activities schedule returns starting Saturday, June 1.

Ukulele, bluegrass, swing and more at summer Verandah Concerts

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free outdoor concerts featuring musicians performing ukulele, bluegrass, swing and other genres of music twice a month this summer on the verandah of the historic Hayes Home.