Special Exhibit "A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I"
In 1861, 38-year-old Rutherford B. Hayes enlisted in the Union Army during his country's most desperate hour. Writing to a friend of his military experience, he said: "I think I have never enjoyed any period of my life as much as the last three months. The risks, hardships, separation from family and friends are balanced by the notion that I am doing what every man, who possibly can, ought to do, leaving the agreeable side of things as clear profit." Hayes passed this belief in the value of service onto his children and grandchildren. When the United States again sorely needed men to serve during World War I, one of his sons and six of his grandsons answered the call. This exhibit will explore America's involvement in the "Great War" through the eyes of the Hayes family. This exhibit is open through May 29, 2019. Admission is included with the price of a regular museum ticket.