Patriotism & Protest: Programs and events examine ideals of patriotism

From July through May, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will offer special events and a World War I exhibit 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.

The special exhibit “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I,” is open through May 27, 2019 and explores America’s involvement in the “Great War” through the eyes of the Hayes Family.

The exhibit 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. 

“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,” Associate Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore said. “The breadth of their experiences offers us an excellent vehicle with which to discuss the first world war during its centennial.”  

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is working with the local VFW and Birchard Public Library to offer a book discussion and movie viewing as part of the Patriotism and Protest program. Events scheduled so far are:

 

  • Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 –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.

 

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 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. World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people and became the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

 

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 - Viewing of the film "The Deer Hunter" and discussion. 1:30 p.m. at the Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont. McLochlin and Lause will lead the discussion. The film gives an in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacted and disrupted the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania

 

  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 - Discussion of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation." Time TBA.  Free. Discussion of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation” at the VFW Post 2947, 204 Birchard Ave., Fremont. Up to 50 copies of this book will be given to veterans for free. To obtain a free book for a veteran, please contact Curator Dustin McLochlin at [email protected]

 

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Patriotism & Protest Panel Discussion. Time TBA. A panel of scholars and veterans will discuss the meaning of patriotism and protest and how it is used in our society.  This will take place at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. 

 

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

            “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; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947.

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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