Hayes centers reopening to kick off centennial celebration


FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A presidential and museums center in Ohio that’s been closed since January has gotten its makeover.

Saturday morning’s reopening of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums center in Fremont was planned for a long weekend celebrating the center’s centennial, The Blade reported (http://bit.ly/1Z2VKwC ).

The center is dedicated to illustrating the life and presidency of the 19th president of the United States, who also served as a congressman and Ohio governor. The facility’s 100th anniversary celebration plans featured a beard contest, performances by the Ohio State University bands and a keynote speech from ABC News and National Public Radio analyst Cokie Roberts.

The renovations are the first the facility has seen since exhibits were installed in 1968. The museum entrance was overhauled and the entryway got a makeover, with a reception desk shifted and a snack area added. The new look is sleek and modern, and large graphics have been installed to entice visitors and draw them into a more complete look at Hayes’ history.

The display takes visitors through an overview of the country in the late 1800s as a way to “convey an idea of what it was like to be an American,” said Christie Weininger, the center’s executive director. The exhibit then moves through Hayes’ presidential campaign, his time in the White House and the issues that confronted his presidency.

The facility also has a number of interactive features that officials hope can attract a younger audience to the museum.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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