Preventing Tragedy and Statistics

By Thomas F. Schwartz It is easy to overlook the significance of Herbert Hoover’s food relief efforts by looking merely at numbers.  The precise number of people Hoover saved from starvation remains murky but most scholars agree it is in the hundreds of millions.  Ironically, one of the most brutal leaders of modern times, Joseph … Continue reading Preventing Tragedy and Statistics

On Centennial Celebrations

By Matthew Schaefer While driving back from a Des Moines meeting of the Iowa World War I Centennial Committee, it occurred to this Hoover Archivist that a series of monthly posts might be in order to describe the activities of Herbert Hoover as America edged closer to war.  Consider this episode one. Hoover had spent … Continue reading On Centennial Celebrations

Practical War-Pig Plan

  When people think of the home front during a world war, the rationing of food and gasoline immediately come to mind.  But rationing was a feature of World War II, not World War I.  Herbert Hoover as head of the United States Food Administration was able to get Americans to voluntarily reduce their consumption … Continue reading Practical War-Pig Plan

Subversive Flour Sacks of Thanks

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum recently acquired a decorative flour sack that came with a two-typed page explanation by Marthe Boel.  The name is unfamiliar to most Americans but Boel was a leading feminist in Belgian before and after World War I.  She and her husband were imprisoned by the Germans for their activities in … Continue reading Subversive Flour Sacks of Thanks

Lou Hoover’s Reflections on Reflectors

Shortly after her return to the United States to enroll her two young sons in school, Lou Hoover received an urgent telegram from her husband.  Herbert Hoover, the head of the newly created Commission for Relief in Belgium [CRB], outlined the dire situation in Belgium: “OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE ON BREAD LINE IN BELGIUM AT … Continue reading Lou Hoover’s Reflections on Reflectors

Herbert Hoover Looses his Head

A story that Herbert Hoover liked to tell concerned one of the more unusual tributes given by a grateful people in honor of Hoover’s humanitarian service.  He describes it in An American Epic: “I received many marks of appreciation from the Poles—a square named for me in Warsaw, streets in Cracow and other towns, a … Continue reading Herbert Hoover Looses his Head

Isis, the Wandering Goddess

Visitors to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site who have made the short walk to the Birthplace Cottage will have encountered the seven and a half foot tall statue of Isis that overlooks the Cottage and Hoover Creek. The bronze allegorical statue of Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of … Continue reading Isis, the Wandering Goddess