Special Exhibition: The Photography of Gil Gonzalez

This exclusive show features photography by Gil Gonzalez. Gonzalez has photographed a variety of subject matter and will share some of his favorite work in this exhibit. On the first of May, the museum curators will include nature photography by Kristina Smith. Admission to the exhibit is free. Sponsored by The Fremont Company and Walmart.

The Hayes Presidential Center, Inc. operates and manages the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. As an NPO, the Hayes Presidential Library and Museum receives the majority of its funding through the Rutherford B. Hayes–Lucy Webb Hayes Foundation. The State of Ohio  provides yearly donation administered through the Ohio History Connection.

Thurs., Feb. 1–Sun., July 1, 2018
February Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday Noon–5 p.m.
March – July Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday Noon–5 p.m.; Closed Easter Sunday, April 1

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield OH

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a safe space for all Ohio’s native birds. It is also a nature preserve and a “living museum”. The dedicated team cares for and rehabilitates Ohio native birds and protect the natural habitat. They also are creating opportunities to explore  nature. The achieve this through educating the public and by providing family-friendly and  school-based programs. They also do this by managing a 90 acre preserve and caring for sick and injured birds.

Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1988. The Sanctuary was originally run from the private farm of Chris & Gail Laux. It started off as just three small enclosures, but over the next 10 years four flight cages were designed and built to condition recovering raptors for release and additional enclosures were constructed to house the growing educational collection.

The sanctuary is open Saturdays at 1PM for Bird Encounters. Get a chance to meet an owl up close; watch hawks soar over their handles and land safely on the handler’s arm. The programs vary each week according to the season, however, there is always a chance to meet the birds up close.

 

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides at President Haye’s Estate, Speigel Grove, Fremont, OH

Ride through the grounds of Spiegel Grove in a horse-drawn sleigh, as President Hayes did when he lived here. Rides are by South Creek Clydesdales.

Spiegel Grove is the name given to the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was so named for the large puddles of rainwater that collect beneath the towering trees following a storm. “Spiegel” is the German word for mirror – an accurate description for these nature-made reflecting pools. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located within 25-acres of the President’s original estate.

President Rutherford B. Hayes inherited the property known as Spiegel Grove from his maternal uncle, Sardis Birchard. Birchard purchased the property on November 5, 1846. He had long admired the large wooded acreage. Its large trees and thick underbrush are said to have reminded him of the German fairy tales of his youth. He kept the property in its natural state until 1859 when he began construction of a house on the property. Birchard never married. His intent was that his nephew and family reside there with him in his retirement.

The grounds of President Hayes’ 25-estate, Spiegel Grove, are open year-round. They are beautiful in any season but especially so when there is snow. Sleigh Rides available through December 31st.

World War II Fashions at Kent State

The world renowned Kent State fashion program and museum are at it again with an interesting new display of fashion from times passed. The curators at Rockwell Hall have set their sights on fashions from the WWII era. Of the new exhibition the museum website has this to say:

“The 1940s was a tumultuous period in history and the fashions of the time reflected the upheaval. World War II led to restrictions on what Americans and Europeans could wear because of rationing for civilian populations and uniforms for those who enlisted. The end of the war brought new freedoms. Christian Dior’s groundbreaking 1947 collection was known as the ‘New Look’ which came to refer more generally to the fuller skirts and hourglass silhouettes that predicted the styles of the 1950s.

The 1940s represented the moment when American designers first began to break free of rigidly following European fashion. Among the innovative American designers and name brands in the exhibition are Adrian, Hattie Carnegie, Sophie Gimbel, Charles James, Claire McCardell, and Valentina. This exhibition showcases a variety of different looks that typified the whole span of the 1940s including uniforms, suits, underwear, outerwear, swimwear, and even glamorous evening dresses.”

Visiting Lake Erie? Visit the Historical South Bass Island Lighthouse!

From July 1897 to October 1962, the South Bass Island Light Station provided guidance to ships on Lake Erie. Situated between lighthouses at Green Island to the west and Marblehead to the east, the South Bass Island Station was a navigation point on the lake’s south passage. The tour allows you to climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Increasing tourist traffic to the island prompted the construction of the lighthouse. The light was to help to mark the southern passage from Sandusky to Toledo, along with several other lights in the vicinity. The site chosen was Parker Point on the southwest corner of the island, and in 1895 a two-acre plot was purchased. Construction was protracted due to the failure of the original contractors to secure proper bonds, and the light was not brought into service until 1897. It is an atypical structure for its era, a large  two and one half story brick Queen Anne house with a two story tower built into one corner. It was fitted with a fourth order Fresnel lens, originally lit by oil, but eventually converted to electricity.

In 1962 the light was deactivated, replaced by a steel tower standing adjacent to the old house. The lens was transferred to the Lake Erie Island Historical Museum, where it can still be seen. Five years later, the property was declared surplus. Ohio State, which maintains the Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island at nearby Put-in-Bay, saw an opportunity for expanded facilities; eventually a thirty-year quit claim deed was negotiated, and when this expired in 1997, the university took permanent possession, save for the replacement light tower. An automated NOAA meteorological station was placed on the property in 1983. The lighthouse is used to house university researchers and staff; beginning in the summer of 2007 it was also made available for tours. The exterior of the house is almost unaltered.