Presidential History Book Club

FREMONT – History enthusiasts can read and discuss books about the American presidency with a book club based at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The Presidential History Book Club meets at noon once a month in the museum/library building. Participation is free. Members can bring their lunch to the meetings.

Members can get each month’s book from a local library or buy a copy. Copies of the books will be on sale in the Museum Store at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Curator Dustin McLochlin prepares talking points to generate a discussion among members at meetings. The format of the Presidential History Book Club is informal, and everyone is encouraged to be involved. The book club is sponsored by The Fremont Co.  

The club has the following meetings and topics scheduled:

  • March 27, 2019 - "Coolidge" by Amity Shlaes. Shlaes will discuss her book with the club via Skype. 
  • April 24, 2019 - "Coolidge" by Amity Shlaes
  • May 29, 2019 - "A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland"
  • June 26, 2019 - "Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s" By Frederick Lewis Allen
  • July 31, 2019 - “Hoover” by Kenneth Whyte
  • Aug. 28, 2019 - “Hoover” by Kenneth Whyte
  • Sept. 25, 2019 - “Traitor to His Class” by H.W. Brands
  • Oct. 30, 2019 - TIME CHANGE FOR THIS WEEK ONLY: The book club will meet at 1 p.m. and discuss “Traitor to His Class” by H.W. Brands. Brands will join the discussion via live video.
  • Nov. 20, 2019 - “Traitor to His Class” by H.W. Brands
  • December 2019 - No book club this month
  • Jan. 29, 2020 - “The Women’s Suffrage Movement,” edited by Sally Roesch Wagner
  • Feb. 26, 2020 - “Truman” by David McCullough
  • March 25, 2020 - “Truman” by David McCullough
  • April 29, 2020 - “Truman” by David McCullough
  • May 27, 2020 - “Assassination Vacation” by Sarah Vowell
  • June 24, 2020 - “Eisenhower in War and Peace” by Jean Edward Smith
  • July 29, 2020 - “Eisenhower in War and Peace” by Jean Edward Smith
  • Aug. 26, 2020 - “Eisenhower in War and Peace” by Jean Edward Smith

For information on the book club, contact McLochlin at 419-332-2081 or [email protected]