Hayes Presidential Library & Museums hires new education coordinator

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has hired a historian and museum professional with experience in programming, community outreach and more as its education coordinator.

Joan Eardly began her new position in December and is working to develop innovative learning programs and experience for people of all ages. She is part of HPLM’s curatorial and education team.

“I wanted to work at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums because I love U.S. presidential history, and I’m passionate about history education,” Eardly said. “So far I’ve enjoyed learning more about President Hayes and his personal life. He’s not well known, but I think he should be. I hope I can be a part of that as education coordinator.”

She will lead the monthly interactive series Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, which will become Kids Days @ Hayes later this year; coordinate Region II National History Day, where students create historical projects that are entered into competition; work with educators to bring school groups to HPLM and tailor their visit to their curricula; and more.

“We are excited to have Joan on staff to lead our educational programming,” HPLM Curator Dustin McLochlin said. “In the short time she has been at the Hayes, she has shown an ability to understand our strategic plan for reaching school-aged children with educational and fun events and meeting the curriculum needs of area schools. We are excited to see how she expands our reach and continues to offer quality educational programs.”


Eardly was the education manager and curatorial assistant for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. She lives in Bowling Green with her two cats and enjoys reading, traveling and finding new taco places.

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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