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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News & Media

Last History Roundtable of the season shares ghost stories from all 50 states

Friday, October 18, 2019

Prepared to be frightened as local historian Mike Gilbert shares chilling ghost stories from all 50 states during the last History Roundtable session of the season on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Celebrate fall with free family fun and paid ghost stories lantern walk event

Friday, October 18, 2019

Celebrate fall with free family activities, a campfire with s’mores, paid lantern walks with frightening ghostly tales and more during two different events on Friday, Nov. 1, at Spiegel Grove.

First Lady Laura Bush visits the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums was honored to welcome former First Lady Laura Bush to the historic Hayes Home and museum for a visit on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Best-selling author to have book signing at Hayes Presidential, speak at BGSU

Monday, September 23, 2019

A best-selling author of books about American history and culture will have a book-signing reception at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and then speak at Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, Oct. 23.