Tales of Travel from the President's Attic

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 by: Nancy Kleinhenz | Category: Events

FREMONT – Rutherford B. Hayes enjoyed traveling. He was the first United States president to travel to the West Coast while in office. After his beloved wife Lucy died, Hayes filled the void of her loss with travels. His children and grandchildren caught the travel-bug as well, as evidenced by their numerous steamer trunks and travel journals.

Inspired by this unique global archive within its collections, the Hayes Presidential Center created "Tales of Travels from the President’s Attic." The exhibit is opne now through January 27, 2013 in the Hayes Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of Croghan Colonial Bank.

"Tales of Travels from the President’s Attic" takes a look at travel when it was a luxury few people could afford and when the risks were very real. Visitors can see what early tourists – like Rutherford and Lucy Hayes – saw when they visited Yosemite National Park in the late 1800s, what a 19th-Century hunting party encountered on the Great Plains, or the barely-explored lands of Alaska three decades before it became a state.

A focal point of Tales of Travels from the President’s Attic is dozens of travel trunks left by the Hayes family in the attic of President Hayes’ home. From leather to wood, small to large, camel-back to square, the trunks tell not only the story of varied trips but also the evolution of travel. Along with these behemoth-sized precursors of the suitcase, the exhibit showcases travel photos, clothing, souvenirs, and journals dating from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. A video component of the exhibit plays 20th Century home movies of the Hayes family’s travels to France and Scotland.

The Hayes Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50/adult, $6.50 senior (age 60+, $3.00/children 6-12, and free/children younger than six. For information call 800-998-PRES or visit www.rbhayes.org.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society.

Press Release Contact Name: Nancy Kleinhenz
Press Release Contact Email: nkleinhenz@rbhayes.org
Press Release Contact Phone: 800-998-7737
Organization Name: Hayes Presidential Center
Website or Link: www.rbhayes.org
Organization Address: Spiegel Grove (corner Hayes & Buckland aves.), Fremont, OH, 43420