"Uncaged:" Monthly featured artifact or manuscript

From local historic photos by Sandusky photographer Ernst Niebergall to White House Historical Association Christmas ornaments, unusual artifacts and manuscripts are coming out of storage to be featured in the Hayes Museum.

“Uncaged” features a different artifact or manuscript each month in a display case in the lower level of the museum. These items are taken from the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums collection storage area, which staff have nicknamed “the cage.”

          The schedule:

  • December 2019 - World War II artifacts, including a fragment from one of eight Japanese Zeroes shot down over Pearl Harbor.
  • January, February and March 2020 – Daughters of the American Revolution artifacts.
  • April 2020 – Historic photos by Sandusky photographer Ernst Niebergall, who captured subjects ranging from railroads to Lake Erie scenes.
  • May 2020 – Baseball artifacts. Sponsored by Unique Fabrications, Inc.

  • June 2020 – Civil War manuscripts and photographs.

  •  July 2020 – Olympian Clarence Childs artifacts.

  •  August 2020 – Examples of 19th-Century photograph processes .

  •  September 2020 - Butterflies First Lady Lucy Hayes painted with well-known artist Albert Bierstadt at the White House.

  • October 2020 - Manuscripts from the Frohman Theatre Collection .

  •  November 2020 - Charles J. Weiker (of Fremont) Collection. This collection contains Weiker's genealogical research, records, and photographs. 

  •  December 2020 - White House Historical Association presidential Christmas ornament collection. Sponsored by Unique Fabrications, Inc.


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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