Special Exhibit "100 Moments" opens Oct. 1
Explore President Rutherford B. Hayes passion for collecting historic artifacts and witness special moments in Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums history during a special exhibit Oct. 1 through May 7.
100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nations First Presidential Library will showcase highlights of the century HPLM has been open. The exhibit will focus on three parts: President Hayes collecting of historical artifacts, Col. Webb Cook Hayes and his founding of HPLM and the vibrant history of HPLM.
The exhibit will include artifacts, documents and photos. Some of the artifacts were collected by President Hayes, who believed historical objects could connect people to a time and place in a powerful way. Others were collected by his son, Col. Webb Cook Hayes. The rest chronicle the interesting first century of HPLMs existence. Items include Spanish armor and menus from HPLMs annual Christmas dinners in the Hayes Home.
President Hayes collected items of historical significance throughout his life. Examples that are on permanent display in the museum include some of Abraham Lincolns presidential china and items from the Civil War, in which Hayes fought.
Col. Webb Cook Hayes wanted to further his parents lifelong goal of education and worked tirelessly through numerous challenges to open HPLM on Memorial Day 1916. The facility made the presidents papers and artifacts available to the public for research and learning.
Throughout its first century, HPLM has expanded the museum library building and grown its educational programming and events for the public. The exhibit will highlight some of those additions.
The exhibit will open at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of holiday hours and closings.
Admission is included in a ticket to the Hayes Museum. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. HPLM members are admitted for free.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is Americas first presidential library and is celebrating its centennial this year. It is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.
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