Staying at home during the pandemic? Check out these virtual activities.
The librarians are working again Monday - Friday (although Hayes Presidential is only open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at this time). 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/
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 own: https://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 hunt: https://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-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.
Take a historic walking tour of Spiegel Grove: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/16/general/take-a-self-guided-historic-grounds-tour-of-spiegel-grove/
Complete this leaf scavenger hunt for leaves of Spiegel Grove: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/11/13/general/free-outdoor-activity-leaves-of-spiegel-grove-scavenger-hunt-for-all-ages/
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/
What do Americans believe about the paranormal? Check out this presentation by Dr. Christopher Bader on his sociological research for his book "Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture." This presentation took place digitally in October and was done in conjunction with the special exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History." https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/10/21/general/watch-author-talk-on-paranormal-america/
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.
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.
See the sights and sounds of Spiegel Grove in this Moment of Zen video: 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 Store: https://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/
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:
- House guide Kent McClary shares some insight on the Hayes Home Bedroom: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/16/general/watch-in-depth-look-at-president-first-lady-hayes-bedroom/
- Annual Giving and Membership Coordinator Meghan Wonderly-Kolbe discusses the Bicentennial Oak and other important Spiegel Grove trees: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/16/general/watch-special-trees-at-spiegel-grove/
- Historian Dustin McLochlin gives an in-depth look at the Civil War Gallery of the museum: https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/03/16/general/watch-in-depth-look-at-the-civil-war-gallery-in-the-museum/
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.
- “Destiny of the Republic” by Candace Millard
- “Grant”by Ron Chernow
- “His Excellency: George Washington”by Joseph J. Ellis
- “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power“ by Jon Meacham
- “Truman” by David McCullough
- “Andrew Jackson: His Life andTimes” by H.W. Brands
- “ Lincoln: A Biography”by Ronald C. White, Jr.
- “Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President” by Ari Hoogenboom
- “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” by Robert W. Merry
Check out our recent past special exhibit, "Women of Spiegel Grove," 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.
Watch this gallery talk by Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore that examines the "new woman" after the Civil War and Women's Suffrage (This video was part of our past special exhibit "Women of Spiegel Grove": 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.