Hold presidential artifacts; meet legislators and more on Presidentsí Day

Hold a piece of presidential history, take a horse-drawn sleigh or trolley ride, make a campaign ribbon and meet legislators during the Presidents’ Day celebration on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will have a variety of free and paid activities from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be an admissions special where up to two kids can get in free with the purchase of one regular adult museum admission or site pass.

U.S. Rep Jim Jordan will attend and participate in activities, and other federal and state legislators have been invited.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Noon to 5 p.m. – The Hayes Home and museum are open. The library is closed for the holiday. In the auditorium, kids can make a campaign ribbon and participate in other hands-on activities. Legislators and HPLM staff will read books to kids at various points throughout the day. Presidential snacks will be served Activities and snacks in the auditorium are free. There will also be a presidential photo booth where visitors can take their pictures with U.S. presidents in the learning lab in the lower level of the museum. Access to the photo booth is included with museum admission.
  • 1 – 4 p.m. – South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn sleigh and/or trolley rides. Cost is $4.50 per person ages 3 and older and free for ages 2 and younger. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are taken. Up to 400 people can be accommodated per day. The trolley could be used in addition to or in place of the sleigh, depending on demand and South Creek’s staffing levels.
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – Jordan will ask kids presidential trivia questions and purchase sleigh ride tickets for kids who answer the questions correctly. The questions are posted at rbhayes.org/news, and kids can find the answers and bring them along the day of the event. Hints will be provided. Admission is free.
  • 2 to 2:30 p.m. – Legislators will participate in a hands-on artifact activity in the museum and share presidential artifacts. Visitors can wear the same white gloves HPLM curators wear to protect the artifact and carefully hold it. Admission to the hands-on artifact activity is included with the purchase of a museum ticket. Members are admitted for free.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of 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.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayspres and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.