About the Bloggers

Photo of blogger Craig WrightCraig Wright has been an archivist at the Hoover Presidential Library since 2004. His responsibilities include: development of online access projects, overseeing digitization of archival materials, coordinating the cataloging of archival collections, and to provide reference service.

Craig has been an archivist for almost 25 years, and worked at six different archival repositories including the Minnesota Historical Society and the Henry Ford Health System. He received his education at the University of Michigan. He learned to program on a keypunch machine, search databases on the internet before there was a world wide web, and currently wrestles with description for the digital age.


Photo of blogger Melanie WierMelanie Wier is the Assistant Curator and Exhibition Specialist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential-Museum. Her background is in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. She began work at the museum in 2009 as a volunteer and was hired in 2011. Designing exhibits is what she enjoys most about her job!


Photo of blogger Thomas SchwartzDr. Thomas F.Schwartz received the PhD in History/International Relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Schwartz worked in special collections at the Illinois State Historical Library, now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, from 1985 to 2011. He was Illinois State Historian from 1993 to 2011 and Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from 2005 to 2011. He is currently the director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa.


Photo of blogger Janlyn SlachJanlyn Slach is the Public Affairs Specialist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum. She graduated from the University of Iowa. Her career at the museum began at the Sales Desk in 1987, after that she worked as an Archives Technician and has held her current position since 1995.

Outside of work she loves sports, gardening, and shopping but most of all spending time with her family (especially grandchildren!)


Photo of blogger Spencer HowardSpencer Howard is the archives technician for reference and research at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum. Prior to joining the Hoover Library in 2003, Howard directed the H. H. Bennett Glass Plate Negative Collection preservation project at the Wisconsin Historical Society. He began his archives career as a library resources technician under Mary Bennett at the State Historical Society of Iowa. In his spare time, Howard is a professional violinist and member of Orchestra Iowa. He has performed with many other ensembles including the Quad Cities Symphony, the Dubuque Symphony, the Iowa Arts Festival Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and Mannheim Steamroller.


Photo of blogger Marcus EckhardtMarcus Eckhardt has been working in the curatorial department of the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum since 2005. He has experience working in history, science, and art museums as well as surviving teaching middle school history for four years. When not at the museum, he enjoys exploring the sky with his telescope and coaching his son’s soccer team.


Photo of blogger Elizabeth DinschelElizabeth Dinschel is the Education Specialist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. She dedicates a significant amount of time to helping teachers and students navigate National History Day. She also works with teachers to develop lesson plans that include primary sources and historic inquiry. She researches and writes about history, oral history, and political science. In her previous job she managed an oral history program and collection for a Native American tribe in Florida, which was where she fell in love with oral history. She loves animals, old movies, music, and anything outdoors.

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  1. I am interested in your opinion on a project I propose relating to the creation of a national monument as a tribute to all of our presidents. past and future. I call the proposal the “Pathway of Presidents.” The pathway will contain proportionally spaced life-sized presidential statues in accordance with their time in office as well as associated related items such as the various national flags and educational material. At this point, I am looking to bring the matter to the public’s attention and look to various institutions for guidance and interest. As a repository of President Hover legacy, as this project continues, I look forward to working with you in the future. Any comments are suggestions you would care to make would be appreciated.

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