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'Hayes Train Special' on display through Jan. 6

• Dec 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

FREMONT — Visitors can blow the train whistle, lower the crossing gates, run a model train and more at the “Hayes Train Special” model train display at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

This annual display, a Christmas tradition in the Hayes Museum, is open through Sunday, Jan. 6.

Nine model trains wind through a three-tiered winter wonderland with a candy land theme. Interactive buttons are located all around the display, allowing visitors to participate in the exhibit.

“Kids of all ages love it,” said Jacque Baker, HPLM’s reservation coordinator, who helped to design the display this year. “It brings out the kid in all of us.”

Each year, volunteers and staff design a layout with different features for this 12-foot-by-24-foot display. Visitors can blow the train whistle, run the Ferris wheel, lower the crossing gates and more with interactive buttons.

The exhibit area also showcases artwork that has a theme relevant to trains or the holidays.

This year, snowflake art by Mary Gaynier, of Toledo, is featured. Gaynier, who has a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in drawing, creates intricate paper snowflakes with whimsical patterns, from zombies to “King Kong” to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Admission to the “Hayes Train Special” is included in the price of a regular museum ticket or site pass. Members are admitted for free. For a discount coupon, visit rbhayes.org.

The “Hayes Train Special” is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.

After viewing the trains, visitors can check out the permanent and special exhibits in the museum. Current special exhibits are “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I,” which examines World War I through the experiences of Hayes family members who served, and “Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration,” an exhibit that features original art created based on veterans’ combat experiences.

At the end of the holiday season, visitors can get help and advice for sprucing up their model trains at the Model Train Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Veteran model train hobbyists lead the clinic. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a regular museum ticket or site pass.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at fb.me/rbhayespres and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.

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