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Documenting the Hoover Marriage of February 10, 1899

By Thomas F. Schwartz Unlike Hoover’s birthday that remained a contested issue until 1924, Herbert “Bert” Hoover’s marriage to Lou Henry on February 10, 1899 has never been questioned.  Most of the accounts of the event were recalled years later … Continue reading

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It’s the End of the Year as we Know it…

by Matthew Schaefer For some the end of the year is a time of reflection—a time to assess what has happened, what may yet come, and where they fit in the grand scheme of things.  Herbert Hoover gave voice to … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover’s Many Facets of Christmas

By Matthew Schaefer Christmas is a holiday laden with memories–family, fun, food, and faith form the warp and woof of these memories.  This held true for Herbert Hoover.  Late in his life, Hoover began to collect his Christmas reminiscences to … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

By Thomas F. Schwartz December 1931 was like any other except that more Americans were feeling the effects of what would later be known as the Great Depression.   Herbert and Lou Hoover had a long history of assisting those in … Continue reading

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Writing Christmas Cards Under Fire

By Thomas F. Schwartz December 7, 1941 was, as President Franklin Roosevelt aptly stated: “a date which will live in infamy.”  The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese plunged America into World War II.  At the time of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the White House

Thanksgiving as a national holiday dates back to George Washington’s proclamation in 1789, which named the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.  The tradition wavered in the 19th century until Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation in … Continue reading

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“I’ve never accepted compensation…for federal service…”

by Thomas Schwartz In a recent CBS 60 Minutes interview, president-elect Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl, “I’m not going to take the salary.  I’m not taking it.”  The annual salary of the President of the United States is currently $400,000 … Continue reading

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Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone, Speaking at the Hoover Museum

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Eig will be discussing his book, Get Capone, at the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum on August 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Get Capone draws on thousands of pages of recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover in the White House

Author Charles Rappleye is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor. He has written extensively on media, law enforcement, and organized crime. The author of Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution; Robert Morris: Financier of … Continue reading

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Ain’t Misbehavin? The World of Gangsters

New Exhibit  April 23 – October 23, 2016 Hoover and Prohibition When President Herbert Hoover entered the White House in 1929, prohibition was already the law. The 18th Amendment was ratified in 1919 and took effect nationwide in 1920. It called for a … Continue reading

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