Rites of Spring: Public Addresses to Graduates

Stanford University, 1941 By Matthew Schaefer While in a research dalliance regarding Allan Hoover’s graduation from Stanford, I learned that his father, Herbert Hoover, was tapped twice to deliver the commencement address at Stanford.  This brought me up short.  Even though I recognize that commencement addresses are largely forgettable exercises in oratory, I was abashed … Continue reading Rites of Spring: Public Addresses to Graduates

Who is Anne Martin? Why Should Anyone Care?

London, ca. 1904 Anne Martin, Jack Means, Newton Knox and Herbert Hoover. While working on another social media project, I came across Anne Martin. She had written a letter on National Woman’s Party letterhead to Lou Hoover on July 10, 1917.  This lengthy missive described in detail an incident at the White House where suffragists … Continue reading Who is Anne Martin? Why Should Anyone Care?

Lou Hoover ‘Spring’s Coming’

First Lady Lou Henry hoover Sometimes blog posts miraculously present themselves, like spring flowers after a long winter. The astute blogger just provides the background context, the stands aside to let the reader see the beauty for themselves.  This is a nearly verbatim re-presentation of an undated essay written by Lou Hoover. SPRING’S COMING Flower … Continue reading Lou Hoover ‘Spring’s Coming’

Lou Hoover, Grace Coolidge and the Girl Scouts Little House

Lou Hoover outside the Girl Scout Little House in Washington, DC, ca. 1925. In a recent blog, I summarized Lou Hoover’s long involvement with the Girl Scouts.  In doing so, I gave scant attention to some significant firsts.  Among these was the creation of the first Little House for Girl Scouts.  A photograph with this … Continue reading Lou Hoover, Grace Coolidge and the Girl Scouts Little House

Hoover and 20th Century Presidents: Warren Harding

Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover with President Warren Harding on the 1923 Alaskan trip. Herbert Hoover was head of the United States Food Administration when he first met Warren Harding.  As Hoover tells the tale, Senator Harding came into his office late one evening and said: “I am here to serve and to help.’  This … Continue reading Hoover and 20th Century Presidents: Warren Harding

Lou Henry Hoover and Girl Scouts

3/25/24 First Lady Grace Coolidge, honorary president of the Girl Scouts with Lou Henry Hoover, President of the Girl Scouts, at a re-dedication ceremony of the"Girl Scout Little House" in Washington DC. Lou Henry Hoover’s involvement with the Girl Scouts spanned decades.  Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, recruited Lou Hoover in 1917 … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover and Girl Scouts

Valentine’s Day Cards – The Rest of the Story

A valentine from the Hoover collections. Last year, I wrote on the Valentine’s Day Cards received by President Hoover (https://hoover.blogs.archives.gov/2018/02/14/valentines-day-cards/).  I was surprised not only by the variety of cards in circulation in the early 1930s, but also by the large number of card manufacturers.  Growing up when and where I did, I assumed that … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Cards – The Rest of the Story

I Might as well Finish my Smoke…

Herbert Hoover, 1931. A while back, I wrote on Hoover’s smoking as President.  Given the times, this was not a surprise.  No further surprise to learn that Hoover smoked all of his adult life.  Thus there are six folders in box 286 of his Post-Presidential Subject Files related to smoking.   These document various aspects of … Continue reading I Might as well Finish my Smoke…

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Barack Obama was the most recent President to smoke cigarettes.  He did his best to keep his habit out of the public eye knowing that it was frowned upon.  Before the habit was socially stigmatized, many Presidents smoked.  Herbert Hoover was one of them.  A recent reference question concerning Hoover’s choice in pipe tobacco led … Continue reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes