Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Visit The Estate

Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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Craft beer, retro cocktails, living history and food trucks at event

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sample craft beer from regional brewers and cocktails made from historic recipes during a living history event on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with activities, dress display at HPLM

Thursday, July 18, 2019

First Lady Lucy Hayes’s birthday is Aug. 28, and this year, she would have been 188 years old.

To celebrate, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is bringing some of her dresses out of storage and putting them on display for five days only and offering special activities with a Lucy Hayes theme.

Read and discuss books about women’s history with “Finding Her Voice” program

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Read about women pilots who won high-stakes airplane races in the 1920s and ‘30s, America’s first women soldiers and more during  the “Finding Her Voice” book club at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.