A Visit to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

We've talked about presidential museums and libraries before in this blog, but do you know which is the first presidential library?  Rutherford B. Hayes isn't on the top of anyone's list of famous presidents, but he is the president with the first presidential library.  In fact, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio turns 100 in 2016, and next Friday, December 4, the complex will host a special event to announce plans for its centennial and beyond.  If you're near Fremont on that day, we encourage you to attend.  While you're there, you'll be able to explore the grounds of Spiegel Grove, the official name of President Hayes' estate.  You'll be able to tour his home, which is decorated as it was when he and his wife Lucy and their family resided there in the late 1800s.  You'll also be able to visit the museum and see artifacts from President Hayes' time in the military and his time in the White House, including a detailed explanation of how he became president without winning the popular vote.  Finally, you'll be able to pay your respects at his final resting place, which is also located on the property.  Visiting presidential libraries and museums is a great way to make history come alive, and we encourage you to visit one later this year or in 2016!

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