Our Temporary Exhibits

Current Exhibits

In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century 

Rutherford B. Hayes never knew his father—his father died of typhus three months before Rutherford was born. Rutherford’s wife, Lucy, lost her father in a cholera epidemic when she was only two years old. Together, the Hayeses lost three of their children to dysentery, scarlet fever and some unidentified illness. The ineffective and often dangerous medical practices of the time made disease the ever-present danger that loomed over every family. But in less than a century, researchers would understand that the spread of cholera could be prevented through water sanitation; the discovery of penicillin would slash the mortality rate of scarlet fever; and soldiers bound to fight in Europe during World War II would be vaccinated against typhus. In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century documents the procedures and conventional medical wisdom that prevailed in the late 19th century. 

The exhibit is open through October 21, 2018.

Sponsored by ProMedica Memorial Hospital and Paramount Advantage.

A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I

In 1861, 38-year-old Rutherford B. Hayes enlisted in the Union Army during his country’s most desperate hour. Writing to a friend of his military experience, he said: “I think I have never enjoyed any period of my life as much as the last three months. The risks, hardships, separation from family and friends are balanced by the notion that I am doing what every man, who possibly can, ought to do, leaving the agreeable side of things as clear profit.” Hayes passed this belief in the value of service onto his children and grandchildren. When the United States again sorely needed men to serve during World War I, one of his sons and six of his grandsons answered the call. A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I explores America’s involvement in the “Great War” through the eyes of the Hayes family.

The exhibit is open through May 27, 2019.

Sponsored by The City of Fremont; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fremont, OH Aerie 712; Exchange Club of Fremont; Fremont Lions Club; Fremont Rotary; Kiwanis Club of Fremont; Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947.

This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/exhibition/program/website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

The current exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with the exception of holiday hours and closings. Admission is included with the price of a museum ticket. Members are admitted for free.