White House Staff Remember Lou

By Thomas F. Schwartz, Director A genre of writing concerns the memoirs of domestic White House staff.  Personal secretaries, head butlers, maids, and secret service who live round the clock with the President, First Lady, and First Family see and hear things that are typically not reported at the time but become known through “tell … Continue reading White House Staff Remember Lou

Theodore and Herbert Hoover’s Childhood Recollections: A Comparative Study

By Thomas F. Schwartz The first volume of Herbert Hoover’s Memoirs appeared in 1951.  Only ten pages comprise his time in Iowa.  Theodore Hoover, Herbert’s older brother, wrote a 1939 autobiography, Memoranda: Being a Statement by an Engineer, that was never published.  It exists in typescript at the Hoover Institution with a copy at the … Continue reading Theodore and Herbert Hoover’s Childhood Recollections: A Comparative Study

Ambassador Harry F. Guggenheim

By Thomas F. Schwartz Hoover’s selection of Harry F. Guggenheim as Ambassador to Cuba came after Guggenheim rejected an earlier offer to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for aeronautics. Hoover learned Guggenheim was interested in being Ambassador to Mexico.  Dwight Morrow already was capably serving in that post so Hoover nominated Guggenheim to serve … Continue reading Ambassador Harry F. Guggenheim

The New Frontier of Aviation: the Guggenheim/Hoover Connection

By Thomas F. Schwartz World War I provided much of the impetus for the development of aviation as a weapon of war.  In the aftermath of the war, aviation continued to be developed by governments largely for military purposes.  In the United States, it became the reserve for daredevils and interested amateurs.  Planes were noisy, … Continue reading The New Frontier of Aviation: the Guggenheim/Hoover Connection

Hoover and Harry F. Guggenheim on the Opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

By Thomas F. Schwartz One of the great architectural icons of the twentieth century is Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  Unlike most art museums with a series of square rooms displaying paintings, sculpture and other media, the Guggenheim is a spiral walkway with the art displayed on the walls along … Continue reading Hoover and Harry F. Guggenheim on the Opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Parrot Fever — the 1929 pandemic

The fall of 1929 is typically remembered for the October stock market crash, but did you know that 1929 also witnessed a pandemic scare, one that ended almost as soon as it started?  It wasn’t Covid-19 or even the Spanish Flu;  it was Parrot Fever. Known to science as Psittacosis, parrot fever is caused by … Continue reading Parrot Fever — the 1929 pandemic

Army and Navy Union USA at the Hoover Gravesite

Visitors to the gravesite of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover are often struck by its dignified simplicity.  Two ledger stones of Vermont white marble mark their resting place, inscribed only with their names and life dates.  No epitaph records their achievements or honors.  Located at the top of a small rise known as “the overlook,” … Continue reading Army and Navy Union USA at the Hoover Gravesite

Leonardo Da Vinci and Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionaries

By Thomas F. Schwartz Most people would be hard pressed to see any connection between the Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci and the thirty-first President, Herbert Hoover.  The first individual conjures up images of the artist who painted the Mona Lisa while the latter individual is known as “The Great Humanitarian.”  Yet much of Da … Continue reading Leonardo Da Vinci and Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionaries

 Hoover. Armistice Day and Veterans’ Day

Aside from August 10th, his birthday, Herbert Hoover gave more significant speeches on November 11th than on any other day in the calendar.  Acting on behalf of President Coolidge, Hoover gave his first Armistice Day address in 1924 to the American Legion, two years before Congress officially named November 11th Armistice Day.  Hoover spoke each … Continue reading  Hoover. Armistice Day and Veterans’ Day