“Ohio: An Unnatural History” exhibit extended through Oct. 31, 2021, museum remains closed

Visitors will have more opportunities to learn about the Lake Erie monster, Mothman and other Ohio legends after the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums extended its special exhibit “Ohio: An Unnatural History” through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

Hayes Presidential’s buildings remain closed. The exhibit, which features folklore and mythical creatures from around Ohio, opened Feb. 28 and was open to the public for two weeks before Hayes Presidential shut down to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the closure, Hayes Presidential has received inquiries as to whether the exhibit will be extended so that those who were not able to see it will be able to visit before it ends. Hayes Presidential is announcing the extension so that those interested in seeing the exhibit can make plans to do so after the museum reopens and before the exhibit closes in 2021.

A reopening date has not been set. Staff are closely monitoring the situation and following the governor’s orders and directives. When the facilities are able to reopen, an announcement will be made at rbhayes.org and on Hayes Presidential’s social media pages.

This exhibit examines Native American legends and stories of Grassman (the Ohio version of Bigfoot), the Dogman of Defiance and other creatures. It features the artwork of Dan Chudzinski, curator of the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay and artist who has consulted on movies and other projects.

While the museum remains closed, those at home can participate in the exhibit by drawing their own mythical creature through a game available on Hayes Presidential’s website at https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/27/general/draw-your-own-mythical-creature-with-game-from-ohio-an-unnatural-history/.

Share your drawing on Hayes Presidential’s social media pages: @rbhayespres on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #UnnaturalOhio. Drawings could be posted in the exhibit.

Partial funding for this exhibit is provided by Decker Roofing and Gutter Solutions, Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, Walmart-Port Clinton and an anonymous donor.

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.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like Hayes Presidential on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.