Category Archives: Herbert Hoover

Thanksgiving Proclamations and President Hoover

by Matthew Schaefer In addition to the White House tradition of spending Thanksgiving as a quiet day with the family, Herbert Hoover tended to the ceremonial aspect of his official duty by issuing a Thanksgiving Proclamation.  This tradition dates back … Continue reading

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President Hoover and Football

by Matthew Schaefer Somehow, I’ve written more than once about Herbert Hoover and football without consulting the two folders on ‘Football, 1929-1932’ in Hoover’s Presidential Subject Files.   This is written in order to rectify that oversight.  These files contain a … Continue reading

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What Will Be Your Legacy?

This piece was written by George Schaefer, for use at a corporate retreat with the theme ‘Building a Legacy of Success.’  He used this story to convey what it takes to create and sustain a legacy.  It is used here … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover on the Importance of Voting

by Matthew Schaefer Sometimes history loops back on itself and offers timely advice for the present and for the future.  In a reply to a press inquiry, October 5, 1953, former President Herbert Hoover offered advice that needs no further … Continue reading

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Badges, “Buttons”, and Royal Visits

By Thomas F. Schwartz Royal visits to the United States are always complicated affairs, especially when things do not go according to plans.  Such was the case in 1919 when the King and Queen of Belgium were invited by Congressional … Continue reading

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A Boy Named Herbert Hoover

By Thomas F. Schwartz On March 30, 1932, a letter was sent to President Herbert Hoover from a young boy in Jackson, Tennessee along with a photograph.  Perhaps his first letter ever written to a President, the young man wrote: … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Man Just Wants a Good Cigar

Matthew Schaefer Sometimes, for an archivist, what you learn while looking up other things is more interesting than the original topic.  Recently a patron sought information on Herbert Hoover’s dealings with Cuba.  I found the ‘usual suspects’ for a food … Continue reading

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Home Improvements at Camp Rapidan

by Matthew Schaefer Even before entering the White House, the Hoovers determined that they would need to escape Washington DC’s notorious summer heat and humidity.  Given their love of the outdoors, the Hoovers’ purchase and development of a summer camp … Continue reading

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Not a Croc: The Hoover Alligators

By Thomas F. Schwartz One of the great Hanna-Barbera cartoons was Wally Gator that ran from 1962 through 1963.  The vocal talents of Daws Butler, best known as the voice of Yogi Bear, made Wally Gator the alligator counterpart of … Continue reading

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When a Mole is not a Mole.

By Thomas F. Schwartz The most common association with the word “mole” is a skin blemish that most of us sport on some part of our anatomy.  Those more attuned to popular culture may also think of the hip hop … Continue reading

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