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 Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home. 

The club has the following meetings and topics scheduled:

  • April 25, 2018 - "The Triumph of McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters"
  • May 30, 2018 - "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Dennis Sulewski of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati will join the group for discussion via Skype. 
  • June 27, 2018 - "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • July 25, 2018 - "The Bully Pulpit" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Aug. 29, 2018 - "Grant" by Ron Chernow
  • Sept. 26, 2018 - "Grant" by Ron Chernow
  • Oct. 24, 2018  - "Grant" by Ron Chernow
  • Nov. 28, 2018 - "Wilson" by A. Scott Berg
  • Dec. 19, 2018 - "Wilson" by A. Scott Berg
  • Jan. 30, 2019 - "Wilson" by A. Scott Berg
  • Feb. 27, 2019 - "Warren G. Harding" by John W. Dean
  • March 27, 2019 - "Coolidge" by Amity Shlaes
  • 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

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