At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in the year 1918, church bells rang out across Europe. They rang to celebrate the armistice which ended more than four years of grueling total warfare on the continent. The erstwhile combatants hoped that they could negotiate an enduring peace. This would … Continue reading The End of the Great War
By: Matthew Schaefer, Hoover Archivist The meeting of the Iowa World War I Centennial Committee reminded this Hoover archivist that it was time to pen the monthly installment of the Herbert Hoover saga. When we left, Hoover was struggling to raise funds in America for the Commission for Relief in Belgium. German submarines were exacting … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and the Centennial of American Entry into World War I: Episode II
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
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
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
The first volume of Herbert Hoover’s memoirs is probably the most revealing. It contains many entertaining asides that demonstrate his dry wit and self-deprecating humor. The volume also discusses his family in ways that is absent in later volumes. Owing to Hoover’s profession as a mining engineer, he was constantly traveling the globe to attend to … Continue reading The War through the Eyes of a Child
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
Hello! Thanks for visiting the Hoover Library-Museum's new blog. We are excited to start sharing some favorite (and obscure) Hoover stories, as well as news and events from the Library-Museum itself. Like all the best meetings, we thought we would kick things off with doughnuts, so settle in with some good coffee and get ready to learn … Continue reading Doughnuts and Doughboys!