Inaugural Train Trip from West Branch to Washington, DC

by Lynn Smith, Archivist The election of Herbert Hoover to the presidency on November 6, 1928, put West Branch, Iowa on the map. The small town was proud of their native son. Soon after the election, town leaders formed the Hoover Birthplace Committee who started planning celebrations and arranged a train trip to Washington, D.C. … Continue reading Inaugural Train Trip from West Branch to Washington, DC

Lou Henry Hoover Responds to Questionnaire on Engineering for Women

By Thomas F. Schwartz Individuals in the news often are asked about their views on a wide range of topics.  Lou Henry Hoover was no exception.  As someone who was already well-known for her translation of De Re Metallica, fund raising efforts for food relief, leadership in the Girl Scouts, and involvement with many other … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover Responds to Questionnaire on Engineering for Women

Hoovers and Milbanks: An Enduring Friendship

Seeing the February 4th friendship postings on our Facebook page last week, I was reminded of a durable friendship forged between the Hoovers and the Milbanks.  The connections between Jeremiah/Katherine [Kitty] Milbank and Herbert/Lou Hoover are extensive--both broad and deep.  The families often socialized together. They dined, shared holidays [especially Christmas after Lou passed away], … Continue reading Hoovers and Milbanks: An Enduring Friendship

Humanitarian Relief: “What Relief Consists Of”

By Thomas F. Schwartz Those who study Herbert Hoover realize that the past few and the next several years mark the one hundredth anniversary of the American Relief Administration’s efforts to mitigate suffering in post-World War One Europe.  It also highlights why Hoover is often referred to as “The Great Humanitarian.”  One of Hoover’s more … Continue reading Humanitarian Relief: “What Relief Consists Of”

The “Lady from California”: Hoover Hoover’s Work at Children’s Hospital

By Thomas F. Schwartz Born in Iowa, both Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover considered themselves Californians for most of their lives.  Not only was their home designed by Lou built in Palo Alto near the campus of Stanford University, Herbert Hoover also operated several farms throughout the state.  Initially, Hoover was in partnership with several … Continue reading The “Lady from California”: Hoover Hoover’s Work at Children’s Hospital

 The aftermath of the 1927 Mississippi Flood:  Seeds and Bees

By Thomas F. Schwartz Crisis management prioritizes needs. Once the major requirements of saving lives, mitigating threats, providing medical care, and meeting the needs of adequate shelter, food, and clothing, thoughts can move to recovery issues.  Two unique opportunities occurred following the 1927 Mississippi Flood, a disaster that affected 4.4 million people (nearly 54% were … Continue reading  The aftermath of the 1927 Mississippi Flood:  Seeds and Bees

Joseph Pilates and Herbert Hoover

A short time ago, I wrote a blog on Herbert Hoover as a paragon of aging.  Well into his 80s, Hoover was still writing books, giving speeches, and serving as elder statesman to the Republican Party.  This caught the attention of Hoover’s long-time friend Bernard Baruch, who wrote a magazine article about Hoover’s vitality and … Continue reading Joseph Pilates and Herbert Hoover

Freedom Betrayed

Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath Nearly eighty years ago, during World War II, former President Herbert Hoover began writing the first words of what was later to be called his “magnum opus.”  The "magnum opus" originated as a volume of Hoover’s memoirs, a book initially focused … Continue reading Freedom Betrayed

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Herbert Hoover celebrated his 80th birthday in his hometown, West Branch, Iowa.  It was a celebration of small-town America, a time capsule of the ‘good old days’ when friends and neighbors got together to share life’s big events.  Hoover’s birthday party drew on the volunteer efforts of local citizens to cook, organize the parade, and … Continue reading Happy Birthday Mr. President