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New series spolights Lucy Hayes

Lucy Hayes as seen in her official White House portrait, and at age 16 (inset).Hayes Presidential Center Executive Director Christie Weininger and Director Emeritus Thomas Culbertson were featured historians during the Lucy Hayes episode of the new series First Ladies: Influence & Image. The episode aired May 19 but can be viewed online any time at

C-SPAN launched the First Ladies: Influence & Image series in February with Martha Washington and each week focuses on a different First Lady, in chronological order of their husbands’ administrations.

Weininger appears in recorded segments filmed onsite at the Hayes Presidential Center. She shares intimate details of Lucy’s personal and public life, including the causes Lucy championed as the wife of a three-term Ohio Governor and United States President. Viewers are taken inside the newly restored Hayes mansion and the Hayes Museum/Library in this unprecedented effort to provide a comprehensive look at the first First Lady to earn a college degree.

Culbertson, who retired in 2012 after 24 years on staff at the Hayes Presidential Center, was one of two guest historians during the live discussion/call-in.

Want to learn more about Lucy? The Center recommends Emily Apt Geer's book First Lady: The Life of Lucy Webb Hayes. Purchase it now!