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Mum’s Summer Camp Blues

Matthew Schaefer Mothers know all too well the familiar refrain after sending their son to summer camp: ‘You never call. You never write.’  Lou Henry Hoover was no exception.  When her seventeen year-old son Allan went off to spend August … Continue reading

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Home Improvements at Camp Rapidan

by Matthew Schaefer Even before entering the White House, the Hoovers determined that they would need to escape Washington DC’s notorious summer heat and humidity.  Given their love of the outdoors, the Hoovers’ purchase and development of a summer camp … Continue reading

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Old Timers’ Day, New York Yankees Stadium, August 8, 1959

Herbert Hoover was a lifelong fan of baseball, not just major league baseball, but baseball of all kinds.  Hoover played the game as a youth, tried out for the Stanford team while in college, and championed baseball as the ideal … Continue reading

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Days of Reckoning-Herbert Hoover’s Birthdays at age 80+

by Matthew Schaeffer Many years after Hoover left the White House, he became a respected elder statesman.  Hoover relished this role, giving advice to Democrats and Republicans alike as he entered his eighties.  At this late stage of his life, … Continue reading

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National Archives and Herbert Hoover

by: Matthew Schaefer It should come as no surprise that Herbert Hoover gave thought to the nature and operation of the National Archives.  When World War I was winding down, Hoover [in addition to work with Wilson at the Paris … Continue reading

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Traditional Links: Father’s Day & Golf

by Hunter Staskevich, Intern Father’s Day is coming up and thoughts turn to grilling out and a round of golf. Here at the Hoover, work continues as normal but these reflections came to mind while answering a reference question on Hugh … Continue reading

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Rites of Spring: June Edition

By Matthew Schaefer Just as spring follows winter and Mother’s day follows Easter, every June brings graduation ceremonies.  This particular rite of passage is familiar to all.  Those about to graduate don the requisite cap and gown. Friends and family … Continue reading

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Spring Diversions

by Matthew Schaefer Every spring, certain recursive features appear on the American landscape—crocuses, April showers, Easter bonnets, and elders addressing students on college campuses.  On May 16th 1920, Lou Henry Hoover made her contribution to this annual tradition, giving a … Continue reading

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  At 11:40 am on Monday September 12, 1921 Lou Henry Hoover began a 3,945 mile cross country trip from Palo Alto, California to Washington, D.C. Ostensibly, this was a trip to move the family’s Cadillac to D.C. Its deeper … Continue reading

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Once upon a time in America

Once upon a time in America, elections, even the most bitterly contested elections, included high flying rhetoric and deeply held principles to counter balance the general mud-slinging.  One such election was held in the fall of 1932.  Incumbent President Herbert … Continue reading

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