Hayes Presidential buildings closed indefinitely; virtual activities you can do from home offered

For health of our visitors, volunteers, staff and community at large, we will close to the public effective Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Update May 1: The Spiegel Grove grounds are open. Buildings remain closed.

We are following the orders from the governor's office to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, and our buildings remain closed until the pandemic-related restrictions are lifted and we are able to safely open to the public again. Updates will be posted here and on our social media accounts. 

All events scheduled for March,  April and May, including meetings and volunteer shifts, are canceled and could be rescheduled. Updates on rescheduled events will be posted at rbhayes.org.

Online store: You can still purchase items from our online store, but we are unable to ship them at this time. Orders will be processed and shipped as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Here are some virtual offerings and suggestions for ways you can still enjoy our museums, grounds and collections. We are working on more virtual content and will continue to post new items here.

Our librarians are working again Monday - Friday. They are working to catch up on Ohio Obituary Index orders and taking new orders. If you have genealogy questions, you can email them to [email protected]. You can access the obituary index here: https://www.rbhayes.org/main/ohio-obituary-index/

Virtual field trip for kids and kids' educational activities: https://www.rbhayes.org/education/virtual-content/

Kids' activity: Watch this short video about historic campaign buttons and ribbons and then make your ownhttps://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/28/general/kids-activity-watch-video-about-campaign-ribbons-make-your-own/

Take a virtual tour of the museum (Note: This 3-D scan was taken when past special exhibits in the lower level were still open. It does not reflect our current special exhibits.) https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=3wUE4aBuUyN&fbclid=IwAR2vXmmwkCjPIqZ2S-CstDe3jr8vRN4fwixt-aNDN6sCIApMJIjGm5K13KQ. While you're touring, kids can enjoy this scavenger hunthttps://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/17/general/kids-scavenger-hunt-for-virtual-museum-tour/  The scavenger hunt is sponsored by Dr. Mary Wonderly.

Take a video tour of the first floor of the Hayes Home: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/24/general/watch-take-a-video-tour-of-the-hayes-home-first-floor/

Get in inside look at our latest special exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History" through this video gallery talk with Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/17/general/gallery-talk-special-exhibit-ohio-an-unnatural-historyPartial funding for "Ohio: An Unnatural History" is provided by Decker Roofing and Gutter Solutions, Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, Walmart-Port Clinton and an anonymous donor.

Watch this gallery talk by Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore that examines the "new woman" after the Civil War and Women's Suffrage: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/19/general/gallery-talk-women-of-spiegel-grove-the-new-woman-after-the-civil-war-women-s-suffrage/ This video is part of the "Finding Her Voice" program. “Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsors the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and major sponsors The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital. “Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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.

Check out our Women of Spiegel Grove special exhibit through this video gallery talk: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/17/general/gallery-talk-women-of-spiegel-grove-sophia-birchard-maria-webb-fanny-arabella-hayes/This video is part of the "Finding Her Voice" program. “Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsors the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and major sponsors The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and ProMedica Memorial Hospital. “Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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.

Take a historic walking tour of Spiegel Grove when its grounds reopen May 1: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/16/general/take-a-self-guided-historic-grounds-tour-of-spiegel-grove/

Take a historic walking tour of downtown Fremont at a safe physical distance from others: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/29/general/bicentennial-walking-tour-of-downtown-fremont/

Printable coloring book and kids' activity book: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/16/general/kids-activities-printable-coloring-and-activity-books/

Need a background for your online Zoom meetings and family chats? We have one for you! Download it here: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/15/general/download-our-zoom-background-for-your-online-meetings/. Note: Using a custom background enabled through the paid portion of Zoom and does not appear to be available on free accounts.

Although the grounds are closed, we're bringing you the sights and sounds of Spiegel Grove in this video "Moment of Zen:" https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/31/general/watch-spiegel-grove-moment-of-zen/

Here's the Moment of Zen - Wildflowers Edition: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/14/general/watch-spiegel-grove-moment-of-zen-wildflowers-edition/ 

Also, check out this photo story of the wildflowers: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/17/general/photo-story-spiegel-grove-in-spring-bloom/

Staff members read books to kids. In this video, Executive Director Christie Weininger reads "The White House Easter Egg Roll": https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/10/general/watch-executive-director-reads-the-white-house-easter-egg-roll-to-kids/

Executive Director Christie Weininger reads "Good Night" stories, available in our Museum Storehttps://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/14/general/watch-executive-director-reads-good-night-books-to-kids/

Executive Director Christie Weininger reads a variety of books geared toward elementary students: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/04/14/general/watch-executive-director-reads-books-to-kids/

Check out one of our massive local history collections, the Charles E. Frohman Collection: https://www.rbhayes.org/collection-items/charles-e.-frohman-collections/. You can see some of the photos from this collection, including Cedar Point through the years and Lake Erie and related photos by Sandusky photographer Ernst Niebergall, on Lake Erie's yesterdays. Just put your subject matter into the search bar: https://drc.ohiolink.edu/handle/2374.OX/2 The Frohman Collection is sponsored by The Frohman Foundation.

Create your own mythical creature with this game! Your artwork could be displayed in our special exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History" https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/27/general/draw-your-own-mythical-creature-with-game-from-ohio-an-unnatural-history/ Partial funding for "Ohio: An Unnatural History" is provided by Decker Roofing and Gutter Solutions, Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, Walmart-Port Clinton and an anonymous donor.

Post a picture of #LilHayes in your window, and find him at local homes and businesses while taking a walk at a safe physical distance: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/27/general/post-picture-of-lilhayes-at-your-home-or-business-find-others-in-the-area/

Political cartoon contest for kids: Kids in two categories, grades 6-8 and 9-12, can enter our political cartoon contest. The deadline has been extended to end of day Saturday, July 25. Winners will be featured in our special exhibit “The Press & the Presidency,” which opens Friday, Aug. 7 . Contest rules and entry details: https://www.rbhayes.org/schooltours/political-cartoon-contest/ The title sponsor for "The Press & The Presidency" is the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation. Partial funding by the City of Fremont. 

Want to try baking or cooking? We have several recipes from First Lady Lucy Hayes you could make! From corn soup to corn bread to crumpets and white cake, you can find them here: https://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/the-recipes-of-lucy-webb-hayes/

Need help with genealogy research? Our Ohio Obituary Index is a great resource.  https://www.rbhayes.org/main/ohio-obituary-index/. *Please note: As of March 21, our librarians will not be working in the library and will not be able to fulfill orders until they are able to return. Orders can still be made, but they will not be fulfilled until staff are available to do so.

Want to learn more about our museum, the Hayes Home and grounds? Check out these videos:

Looking for a good book? We have some recommendations for books on women’s history! These are the books our “Finding Her Voice” Book Club has been reading:

  • “The Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien. This book shares the untold story of women who competed against men in high-stakes national air races and won. 
  • “The Debs of Bletchley Park” by Michael Smith. This book shares the untold stories of women who worked for allied intelligence in England during World War II.
  • “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. When “Jane Eyre” was published in England in 1847, (under Bronte’s male pseudonym, Currer Bell), it was ground-breaking in so many ways.  Contemporary critics described Jane and the novel as “coarse” and “unfeminine.” Yet, the novel soared in popularity. Set against the backdrop of 19th century England and an intriguing mystery, the novel features a strong female as its central character.  Jane Eyre is an orphan, raised by a cruel relative who sees Jane as nothing but a burden. Society and Jane’s family dismiss her from their ranks because she is poor, small and unattractive. Jane, however, uses her plucky, indomitable spirit and sharp wit to carve out her own place in the world. 
  • “The Women’s Suffrage Movement” by Sally Roesch Wagner. This anthology includes writings of the most well-known suffragists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and accounts of those often overlooked because of their race, from Native American women to African American suffragists, including  Ida B. Wells and the Forten sisters. 
  • “The Hello Girls” by Elizabeth Cobbs. This book shares the story of the first official U.S. Army female officers, who worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. They joined the army at the same time suffragettes were lobbying for the right to vote. 

Our Historian, Dustin McLochlin, also has a list of his favorite books that the Presidential History Book Club has read: (For the book club’s upcoming schedule, visit https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/02/20/general/presidential-history-book-club/) The book club is sponsored by Richard and Kathy Smith.

  1. Destiny of the Republic” by Candace Millard
  2. “Grant”by Ron Chernow
  3. “His Excellency: George Washington”by Joseph J. Ellis
  4. “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  5. “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power“ by Jon Meacham
  6. “Truman” by David McCullough
  7. Andrew Jackson: His Life andTimes” by H.W. Brands
  8. “ Lincoln: A Biography”by Ronald C. White, Jr.
  9. “Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President” by Ari Hoogenboom
  10. “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” by Robert W. Merry

Start reading "Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture" by Christopher D. Bader, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Chapman University. Bader will speak about his book this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. The date is to be determined.