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

Talk focuses on effect sitting U.S. presidents have on the economy

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Does a U.S. president really have an effect on the economy while in office? Find out at this talk.

RootsMagic founder to give free workshop at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Learn how to get the most out of RootsMagic Genealogy & Family History Software from the man who wrote it during a special workshop on Sunday, May 3, at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Learn to trace your family history with genealogy classes at Hayes Presidential Library

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Learn how to get started on tracing your family history with “Learning About Your Past” genealogy classes offered in 2020 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Read and discuss book about women in World War II at “Finding Her Voice” Book Club

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Learn the untold stories of women who helped with critical intelligence information during World War II during the “Finding Her Voice” Book Club on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.