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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News & Media

Learn to play croquet with the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Croquet Club

Monday, April 29, 2019

Play croquet, a game popular during President Rutherford B. Hayes’ day, this summer at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

‘Finding Her Voice’ includes exhibits, programs that highlight women’s history

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment that extended the right to vote to women. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will present a year of programs, events and two special exhibits through “Finding Her Voice.”

Longtime Hayes Presidential staffer promoted to head librarian

Saturday, April 20, 2019

A long-time employee of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums who has extensive experience with the library collections and research has been promoted to head librarian.

Video: Tree donated to replace historically significant tree at Spiegel Grove

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Retired longtime caretaker Ralph Billow donated an Oak Tree to replace "Grandfather's Oak," a historically significant tree that fell during a storm.