"Uncaged:" Monthly featured artifact

From an Olympic medal to the pencil Ulysses Grant used to write the draft of the Civil War surrender terms, unusual and interesting artifacts are coming out of storage to be featured in the Hayes Museum.

“Uncaged” features a different artifact each month in a display case in the lower level of the museum. These artifacts are taken from the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ collection storage area, which staff have nicknamed “the cage.”

            The title sponsor for Uncaged is Albrechta & Coble Ltd., Attorneys at Law.

            The artifact schedule:

  • February 2018 - Olympic medal and items belonging to Clarence Childs: Clarence Childs, of Fremont, competed in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, and earned the bronze medal in the hammer throw. Sponsored by North Coast Showtime – Team Cahill.
  • March 2018 - Piddig the pony’s hooves: Piddig was captured by Lt. Col. Webb C. Hayes in the Philippines in December 1899 during the Spanish-American War. Hayes brought the pony home with him to Spiegel Grove. Sponsored by John Kerlin - Farrier.
  • April 2018 - Native American Artifacts: Although the museum features several permanent displays of Native American items, there are many more interesting artifacts in its collections. See ceremonial objects, weapons and a buffalo-hide robe.
  • May 2018 Sawfish snout: This snout of a sawfish, complete with teeth, was made into a club.
  • June 2018 – Piece of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt
  • July 2018 – Aviation cap and early airplane parts: The cap belonged to pilot Reinhardt N. Ausmus, of Sandusky, Ohio. Ausmus trained military pilots during World War I. Sponsored by Fremont Airport & Fremont Flight Academy.
  • August 2018 – Adolf Hitler lemon piggy bank and lemon pig: The bank was made to look like a lemon with Hitler’s face and was meant to encourage saving money for the World War II effort to “make (Hitler) squeal.” The lemon pig was a Victorian item used at tea time.
  • September 2018– Appomattox Courthouse pencil: This pencil was used by Gen. Ulysses Grant to write the draft of the surrender terms for the Confederacy at the end of the Civil War.
  • October 2018 – Stone from the Taj Mahal: This piece was taken from the main building of the Taj Mahal in India while it was being restored.
  • November 2018 – Civil War drum and Spanish-American War fife: The drum was believed to have been used during the Civil War era. The fife was one of three used on a transport on an 1899 voyage from San Francisco to Manilla.
  • December 2018 –East Asian Swords and Spears: This is an assorted collection of imposing weaponry acquired by Col. Webb C. Hayes while traveling throughout East Asia.
  • January 2019 – Chinese Fish Bell: This bell was captured in the Relief (or battle) of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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