Special schedule of activities returns to Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Hold a piece of history, take a themed tour, paint a butterfly using the same technique as First Lady Lucy Hayes and more as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ special activities schedule returns starting Saturday, June 1.

Special activities will be offered throughout the day each Saturday through November and on Wednesdays when Verandah Concerts take place.

The schedule of special activities can be viewed here.

Most of these activities are included with regular admission, and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members are admitted for free. Activities include gallery talks, hands-on artifact activities, kids crafts and more.

Activities offered for an additional fee include the Hayes Home Backstairs Tour and guided grounds tour with butterfly painting activity.

The Backstairs Tour features stories of the servants who worked for the Hayes Family and includes fresh-baked ginger snaps and some behind-the-scenes looks at the home. Some of the Hayes Home servants were former slaves from Kentucky, and others were immigrants from Europe who spoke little to no English.

The grounds tour points out fascinating historical spots on the beautiful, 25-acre wooded Spiegel Grove. Participants in the painting activity will learn to paint a butterfly in the same way 19th-century artist Albert Bierstadt showed with Lucy Hayes to paint the colorful insects when he visited her in the White House.

On Verandah Concert Wednesdays, the museum will have extended hours and be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can tour the home and museum, participate in special activities and enjoy a free evening concert.

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

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