Hayes Presidential and Spiegel Grove grounds to be 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: March 28, 2020: Due to the concern of a surge in virus cases in the next two weeks and in an effort to reduce crowding, we are following the advice of the City of Fremont and the Sandusky County Health Department in closing down the grounds of Spiegel Grove.    

 We miss you.  Our squirrels miss you.  We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Grove!

 In the meantime, please be safe.  While you can’t visit us right now, you can enjoy our online programming below.

UPDATE: March 22, 2020: We are following the orders from the governor's office to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic and will 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, including meetings and volunteer shifts, are canceled and could be rescheduled. Refunds will be issued to those who bought tickets for March events. 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.

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/

Join our virtual Hayes Easter Egg Roll. Information and activity sheets you can complete: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/30/general/join-in-virtual-hayes-easter-egg-roll-on-april-11/

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

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/

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 Monday, May 31. Winners will be featured in our special exhibit “The Press and the Presidency,” which opens Friday, July 3. Contest rules and entry details: https://www.rbhayes.org/schooltours/political-cartoon-contest/

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/

Take a video tour of the first floor of the Hayes Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOkkoSHx8KE&feature=youtu.be

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-history.

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/

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/

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/)

  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. 

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/.