Rutherford B. Hayes Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore prepares resin models made by Fremont-born artist Dan Chudzinski including a unicorn head, a jackalope and mandrake.

FREMONT – Ohio isn’t short on sightings of mythical monsters.

The state just may have the coolest monsters from folklore around, from the Ohio Grassman to South Bay Bessie to the Loveland Frogman, the state has its share of cryptozoology. 

It may be hard to imagine a frog man or a monster lurking in the shallow waters of Lake Erie, but beginning Friday, The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums will bring those folklore figures and other mythical creatures to life with its newest exhibit, “Ohio: An Unnatural History.” The exhibit will run through Halloween, according to Hayes Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore.

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The exhibit should attract crowds of all ages and local visitors who will learn about the headless motorcycle rider, one of the area’s biggest folklore stories.

Moore said the exhibit will have a little bit of everything for people of all ages, including 3-D artifacts created by Fremont-born artist Dan Chudzinski.

Rutherford B. Hayes Curator of Artifacts Kevin Moore stands next to map of Ohio with various cryptozoological creature sightings in the state.

Chudzinski will display such works as a unicorn skull, a jackalope and a Bigfoot footprint.

There will be hands-on opportunities for children, Moore said, as children can take time to create their own artwork of a created monster that will be displayed during the exhibit’s run.