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About thomasschwartz15

I am the director at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

Lou Hoover’s Critique of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair

By Thomas F. Schwartz After leaving the presidency in March 1933, Herbert and Lou Hoover returned to their home in Palo Alto, California.  By nature, they were not homebodies and were always traveling.  Visiting friends in Chicago allowed them to … Continue reading

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Lou Hoover’s System for Dealing with the Depression

By Thomas F. Schwartz A widespread characterization of the Hoover presidency is that he ignored the needs of average Americans during the worst hardship.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Every request for assistance sent to the White House was … Continue reading

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The Hoover/Kennedy Letters.

“May you have the happiest new year imaginable.”  By Thomas F. Schwartz The recent film Jackie (2016) by Pablo Larrain offers an artistic interpretation of a life based on a 1963 Life magazine interview by Theodore H. White with the … Continue reading

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From Illegal Liquor Stills to Legal Christmas Cheer

By Thomas F. Schwartz Prohibition kept law enforcement officials busy busting wooden barrels of illegal spirits and confiscating copper vats and tubing from illegal stills.  The District of Columbia decided to put the confiscated property to good use and sent … Continue reading

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Lou Henry Hoover and the Translation of De Re Metallica

A recent Hoover blog described Herbert Hoover’s speech upon accepting the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America’s Gold Medal for his contribution in translating and republishing Agricola’s De Re Metallica.  Herbert Hoover traced the history of the mining profession, beginning … Continue reading

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Telegram Scam

One of the annoyances of modern life is the variety and volume of shady emails that clog our computers. Phony pharmaceutical ads, Nigerian investment schemes, too-good-to-be-true offers for jobs or relationships, the list goes on. Modern technology makes it much … Continue reading

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The Discovery of a Professional Tradition:  Herbert and Lou Hoover’s Translation of De Re Metallica

By Thomas F. Schwartz Often projects that seem simple at first, become more complicated and involved once begun.  Unanticipated problems emerge as greater comprehension of what is required only emerges by working through the project.  And so it was when … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover and the Tommyknockers: Mythic Gnomes of the Mine Shafts

By Thomas F. Schwartz If there is any public recognition of the word “Tommyknocker” it is probably a reference to the 1987 Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers or spin off ABC miniseries with Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.  The Stephen … Continue reading

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Up in the Sky – it’s Hooveria

With the recent advances in astronomy, there are now over 300,000 known asteroids in our solar system, though only about 16,000 have been given names. Four of them have been named to honor the humanitarian work of Herbert Hoover. In … Continue reading

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Hoover “Meets the Fokker”

From the left: Anton Fokker, Herbert Hoover, F. Trubee Davison and Edward Warner Those of a certain age have fond memories of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip. Among the memorable characters that lived out his fantasies was Charlie Brown’s dog … Continue reading

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