World War I exhibit open through May 27

See what combat might have been like in a World War I trench and explore what the inside of a German U-boat would have looked like during the next special exhibit at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The special exhibit “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I” is open, in the lower level of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums through May 27, 2019.

The exhibit explores the United States’ involvement in World War I through the experiences of the Hayes family, which had eight members serve. It covers boot camp, protests against the war, the war at sea, the war on land, commanding the troops and navy and tending to the wounded.

Through photos, letters and artifacts, the exhibit will share the experiences of the Hayes family members as they served in the war, from Mary Miller Hayes’ service in the Red Cross and YMCA in France to Dalton Smith Hayes’ combat on the Western Front in France.

“The members of this family served in nearly every capacity of the war effort, from the Navy to the Western Front to training camps stateside,” said Kevin Moore, associate curator of artifacts. “The breadth of their experiences offers us an excellent vehicle with which to discuss the first world war during its centennial.”

Admission to the exhibit is included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free.

            “A Family of Service” is sponsored by The City of Fremont; Fraternal Order of the 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; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947.

In connection with the exhibit, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is partnering with local organizations to offer a program called Patriotism & Protest. The program will include events that examine what it means to be patriotic and how protesting might fit into the ideals of patriotism. Patriotism & Protest will offer several events to engage the public, including veterans, in discussions about historic and current issues related to patriotism.

“In the midst of heated public opinions on NFL protests during the national anthem, we hope to create a dialogue that will help citizens understand the differing views on what it means to be patriotic,” Curator Dustin McLochlin said.

            Events scheduled so far are:

 

  • Sept. 9 –Book discussion on “Born on the Fourth of July” by Ron Kovic. 2 p.m. at the VFW Post 2947, 204 Birchard Ave., Fremont. Up to 50 copies of this book will be given to veterans for free. Curator Dustin McLochlin and veteran Joe Eberly will lead the discussion. For information or to obtain a free book for veterans, contact McLochlin at 419-332-2081, ext. 230.

 

  • Nov. 8 – Viewing of film “Hacksaw Ridge” and discussion. 1:30 p.m. at the Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont. McLochlin and Kevin Lause, library assistant at the Birchard Public Library, will lead the discussion.

 

More events are being scheduled and will be posted at rbhayes.org.

Patriotism & Protest and “A Family of Service” are 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 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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