Fremont, Ohio, Spiegel Grove.
The opportunity to bring my perspective on President Hayes to his official Library and Museum was a moment unlike any other in my life.
I have been enamored with Presidents since the age of eleven, with my favorites ranging from the obvious choices of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt to Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Truman. Rutherford Hayes is a relatively new favorite, and not just because of my new consolidated 211-page biography.
Hayes speaks to us in 2016 loud and clear. His thoughts on Civil Rights, Equal Rights, Corruption in Government and his peaceful arbitration of a myriad of crises that crossed his desk give us a vibrant blueprint for our modern, tragic era.
And it was an honor to bring these thoughts to life inside the First Presidential Museum in our nation’s history.
Since the book was released in June, I have traveled the state of Ohio promoting, lecturing, and (begging) audiences to take a second and third look at Hayes. During that period, I have often been mistaken as an employee of Spiegel Grove, the beautifully restored and ‘remastered’ home of Hayes in Fremont, Ohio, adjacent the Library and Museum. I teased the staff in attendance during the lecture that I have stopped correcting people on that assumption.
The film of my presentation can be found on YouTube here: [To be posted by the evening of October 31.]