Local author pens children’s book celebrating Hayes’ bicentennial birthday

Jun 21, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

FREMONT – Regina Vincent-Williams, a local author, has penned a children’s book that celebrates President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 200th birthday. The lighthearted book, written in rhyme, uses a “virtual voice” of Hayes to highlight how Fremont has grown and changed since Hayes lived there.

“Those Were the Days”  features present-day color photos taken by the author and historic photos from the collections of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and local historian Larry Michaels.

“Those Were the Days” is available for purchase at the Hayes Presidential Museum Store for $10. Vincent-Williams will sign copies on Tuesday, July 4, at Hayes Presidential. The event time is to be announced.

A freelance writer and poet, Vincent-Williams said she hopes the book will spark an interest in history for youngsters. But more importantly, adults reading to and with children can reflect back on how times have changed.

“There was a time that we didn’t have the convenience of an automobile,” the author added. “Most children would never think of that.”

Vincent-Williams has published eight books. She is active in the community and was recently appointed as a member of the Hayes Presidential Board of Trustees. Vincent-Williams lives in Fremont with husband, James M. Williams, M.D.,  Sandusky County coroner.

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