75 Years The Tradition Continues

by Scott B. Hayes

 

Volume 10, Number 2
Winter, 1991

On May 30, 1991, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center celebrates it seventy-fifth year. When it first opened to the public, the Center was the only Presidential library and museum in the United States. Since then, it has expanded from a local historical site to one of stature and visibility in the state of Ohio and the nation. Now a vital institution of learning, the Center contains a repository of information that includes the life and time of President Hayes, Ohio and local history, and the period from the Civil War to World War I, commonly referred to as the Gilded Age.

This expanded emphasis has brought more visitor to the Center, with the number increasing annually. Such an influx of visitors has required the staff to expand old programs and create new ones. Over 7,000 households now receive the Statesman, our quarterly newsletter. The Hayes Presidential Center membership program, less than four years old, includes a group of dedicated supporters from both the private and corporate sectors. We now have a strong museum docent program and an active group of volunteers. The Hayes Historical Journal reaches readers throughout North American, in addition to Australia and Europe.

Members of the Hayes family took upon these events with a great deal of pride. Throughout the past seventy-five years, we have continued our dedication and participation in the activities of the Center, a responsibility we have enjoyed and are dedicated to continue.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is only one of many research institutions in the United States where interested individuals can investigate our national heritage. We believe that the Center, by focusing on the Gilded Age in American history will continue to provide an excellent platform from which we can encourage serious historical study in the next seventy-give years and beyond.

The articles in this issue offer the reader a rare opportunity to trace the development and diversity of activities over the life of the Hayes Presidential Center. They represent a vibrant institution committed to taking a leadership role in the study of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.