Hoover’s Influence in Japan

By Thomas F. Schwartz When historians mention Herbert Hoover’s influence abroad, most cite his humanitarian efforts with food and emergency relief.  Less studied is the influence of his writings such as American Individualism which was translated into many languages and his work as Secretary of Commerce and President.  The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum … Continue reading Hoover’s Influence in Japan

The Neo-Egyptian Revivals

Part of series of photos on presidential candidates and their families. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and Lou Hoover with King Tut on the porch of their Washington, DC home. 5/21/1928 By Thomas F. Schwartz Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 served both a military function in disrupting British access to India as well as … Continue reading The Neo-Egyptian Revivals

A Vacation in Cairo

By Thomas F. Schwartz Much of the familiarity the Hoovers had with Egypt came from their many journeys through the Suez Canal going to and from Australia.  Like train travel where you see landscapes unfold as you travel along the tracks, their understanding of Egypt was initially what they witnessed from the ship traveling through … Continue reading A Vacation in Cairo

An Explosive Story: Hoover and the Sinai Peninsula Turquoise Mine

By Thomas F. Schwartz W. J. Loring and Herbert Hoover, mining in Australia, Hoover on the left. ca. 1903 November As part of an ongoing exploration of Herbert and Lou Hoover’s connection with the Rosetta Stone exhibit, this blog post examines Herbert Hoover’s brief efforts to revive a turquoise mine in the Sinai Peninsula.  The … Continue reading An Explosive Story: Hoover and the Sinai Peninsula Turquoise Mine

Herbert and Lou Hoover’s Connection to the Rosetta Stone

By Thomas F. Schwartz Beginning on Saturday, April 13, 2019 and running through October 27, 2019 will be a unique temporary exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum entitled Written In Stone: The Rosetta Stone Exhibit.  The exhibit will feature an exact replica made from a cast of the original Rosetta Stone at … Continue reading Herbert and Lou Hoover’s Connection to the Rosetta Stone

Flower Child, Lou Henry Hoover

The dining cabin at Camp Rapidan, rhododendron are in the front.                 It is the end of March so Spring has begun.  Assuming no more snow for Iowa, perhaps mistaken given the odd weather experienced in 2019, the temperature will rise, the sun will shine, and flowers will begin to sprout and bloom.  Mrs. Hoover … Continue reading Flower Child, Lou Henry Hoover

The Oval Office Roasting on a 1929 Christmas Fire

By Thomas F. Schwartz A previous blog described Christmas gifts Lou Henry Hoover gave to people in 1930.  Made from century-old pine beams original to the White House and removed in the 1927 renovation by Calvin Coolidge, some of the oral histories conducted with associates of Herbert Hoover conflate these gifts with the 1929 fire … Continue reading The Oval Office Roasting on a 1929 Christmas Fire

The Invisible Guest

By Thomas F. Schwartz During the season of goblins, ghosts, witches, vampires, and zombies, “invisible guests” would find themselves among friends.  But invisibility can be the spiteful kind as in H. G. Welles, Invisible Man or something that is not present but felt.  It is the latter that Herbert Hoover evoked in a series of … Continue reading The Invisible Guest

Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Groucho and Other Solicitations Made to an Ex-President. By Thomas F. Schwartz It was not uncommon in the Nineteenth Century for sitting and former presidents to publically endorse commercial products and services, usually without compensation.  In 1862, Abraham Lincoln wrote a glowing endorsement for his foot doctor: “Dr. Zacharie, has, with great dexterity, taken some … Continue reading Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

War and Peace: The Friendship of Louis Chevrillon and Herbert Hoover

Part 3 By Thomas F. Schwartz Sustained by Hoover’s loan of 100,000 francs, Chevrillon also received infrequent shipments of food aid through Hoover’s Lisbon agents.  By 1942 Chevrillon reported that, “the markets are empty….the harvests for next year are announced as poor.”  He added, “already the ration itself is insufficient for normal feeding and the … Continue reading War and Peace: The Friendship of Louis Chevrillon and Herbert Hoover