‘Finding Her Voice’ includes exhibits, programs that highlight women’s history

Horrified by the effects of binge-drinking on American families, Carrie Nation went on a 10-year crusade to shut down saloons and used her hatchet to destroy them.

Winnie Monroe was a former slave from Kentucky who worked for President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes at Spiegel Grove and in the White House. When she left the Hayeses’ employment, she returned to Washington, D.C., and started her own catering and jams and jellies businesses.

Mary Miller Hayes spent her life donating to charitable causes and volunteering her time. During World War I, she was a nurse with the Red Cross in Europe and volunteered with the YMCA. She founded what is today ProMedica Memorial Hospital in Fremont.

These and other stories of women who helped to shape history will be featured in special exhibits, programs and events in the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ “Finding Her Voice” project. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment that extended the right to vote to women. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will present a year of programs, events and two special exhibits through “Finding Her Voice.”

 “As we celebrate this important anniversary in American history, we are excited to add our part to the overall story,” Curator Dustin McLochlin said.

Events will include a themed tour of the Hayes Home that focuses on the women of Spiegel Grove, a panel discussion on women’s history and current issues and a traveling exhibit on women’s history that will be used in schools.

The special exhibit “Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance” opened in March and will be on exhibit through Sunday, Oct. 6. “Women of Spiegel Grove” opens Friday, July 12, and will remain on display through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

The special exhibit “Women of Spiegel Grove” will showcase the lives of the many women who played important roles at Spiegel Grove and tells the national story of women in America, from the suffrage movement to the pursuit for social and workplace quality to the #MeToo movement.

Programs and events are still being planned. A full schedule will be posted at rbhayes.org.

Members are admitted to the special exhibits for free. For non-members, access to the exhibits is included with admission.

“Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsors the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and major sponsor ProMedica Memorial Hospital.

“Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Demon Rum & Cold Water” is sponsored by Walmart-Fremont. “Women of Spiegel Grove is sponsored by The Andersons; Bemis Foundation; City of Fremont; Christy Lease in Memory of Maude Lease; Sandusky County Republican Women; Soroptimist International of Fremont; Walmart-Fremont; Walmart-Port Clinton; Walmart-Tiffin.

The "Women of Spiegel Grove" exhibit is sponsored by The Andersons; Bemis Foundation; Christy Lease in Memory of Maude Lease Cosmopolitan Club & Coterie; City of Fremont; Sandusky County Republican Women; Soroptimist International of Fremont; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2947; Walmart-Fremont; Walmart – Port Clinton; Walmart-Tiffin.

The Hayes Presidential 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. Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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