American Individualism: A Centennial Anniversary

Herbert Hoover's American Individualismrepublished by the Hoover Institution Press December 2022 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s publication, American Individualism.  A mere seventy-two pages, the book was Hoover’s meditation on the recent upheavals brought about by World War I and Hoover’s thoughts on the best path forward for America.  Much of it is … Continue reading American Individualism: A Centennial Anniversary

Remembering the Queen: When Herbert Hoover met Queen Elizabeth II

Former president Hoover, Queen Elizabeth II and New York City Mayor Robert Wagner at luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 10/21/1957. (HHPL-M photo 31-1957-49) As the world mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we have been asked if Herbert Hoover ever met the Queen. The answer is yes, in 1957.  Despite being from different … Continue reading Remembering the Queen: When Herbert Hoover met Queen Elizabeth II

Did Vice President Charles Curtis attend Hoover’s Cabinet meetings?

Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis, June 1928 (HHPL-M image 31-1928-46) One question often asked is whether Vice President Charles Curtis attended Cabinet meetings during the Hoover Administration.  At that time, it was a novel idea;  only President Warren Harding had routinely included his vice president, Calvin Coolidge, in Cabinet meetings.  Under most previous administrations, the … Continue reading Did Vice President Charles Curtis attend Hoover’s Cabinet meetings?

Amelia Earhart and the Distinguished Flying Cross

On May 20, 1932, the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s record-setting non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland on her own non-stop solo flight.  Fifteen hours later she landed in Ireland, becoming just the second person and the first woman to achieve the feat.  She was subsequently awarded medals … Continue reading Amelia Earhart and the Distinguished Flying Cross

Herbert Hoover’s Nobel Peace Prize nominations

The Nobel Peace Prize medal. Herbert Hoover was known as “The Great Humanitarian” for the many food relief programs he led during and after both World Wars.  The precise number of people Hoover saved from starvation remains a matter of debate, but most scholars agree it is in the hundreds of millions.  Despite his achievements, … Continue reading Herbert Hoover’s Nobel Peace Prize nominations

Mrs. Hoover and Washington Housing Shortages: Part 2

One of the U. S. Food Administration "Girls Club" lunchrooms established by Lou Henry Hoover, ca. 1918. Herbert Hoover issued a circular for the employees of the US Food Administration stating: “For some time I have felt that the Food Administration should make a special effort insuring satisfactory living quarters for our women workers.  Mrs. … Continue reading Mrs. Hoover and Washington Housing Shortages: Part 2

Mrs. Hoover and Washington Housing Shortages: Part I

Some of the women who worked for the U. S. Food Administration, 1917. These women are in the Food Conservation Division. Washington, D.C. witnessed notorious shortages of affordable housing for the many single women who filled government positions during World War I and World War II.  Several Hollywood films alluded to it, the most famous … Continue reading Mrs. Hoover and Washington Housing Shortages: Part I

Ida Koverman, Hollywood, and Herbert Hoover

By Thomas F. Schwartz As previous blog posts have demonstrated, Herbert and Lou Hoover enjoyed viewing Hollywood films.  One of the most powerful individuals in Hollywood was not a studio head but the executive assistant to Louis B. Mayer of MGM, Ida Koverman.  Ida began her career in the jewelry business and became an executive … Continue reading Ida Koverman, Hollywood, and Herbert Hoover

What You Learn After You Know it all is What Matters

I’ve been working at the Herbert Hoover Library for more than twenty years.  I’ve given hundreds of museum tours to groups.  A featured aspect of our exhibits are Belgian flour sacks given to the Hoovers as gifts of thanks for leading food relief during World War I.  We have 366 such sacks, with four or … Continue reading What You Learn After You Know it all is What Matters

Herbert Hoover, Found Poetry and Responsible Citizenship

My three brothers-in-law are poets and songwriters.  I am constantly amazed at their verbal dexterity in turning the commonplace into art.  It is from them that I first learned of found poetry.  Found poetry is a poem consisting exclusively of an external text, fashioned into a poem.  It is sort of a literary collage, making … Continue reading Herbert Hoover, Found Poetry and Responsible Citizenship