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Published: Monday, 7/21/2003

Hayes center curator to retire after 29 years

FREMONT — The museum curator for the Hayes Presidential Center is retiring after 29 years of service.

Jay Snider, who led the museum through its first application for accreditation from the American Association of Museums, will step down from his post on July 31.

In his early years at the presidential center, Mr. Snider sold admission tickets and postcards and sometimes did light maintenance work at the small facility.

Later in his career, Mr. Snider oversaw major exhibits, including the 1997 Presidential Potpourri, which he considers the highlight of his work. That exhibit brought together a variety of items from the presidents that the people would recognize. Mr. Snider said he believes the exhibit also marked a turning point in the center's exhibit-creation ability.

During his retirement, Mr. Snider plans to continue teaching at Tiffin University, where he's been an adjunct professor since 1997.

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