Herbert Hoover’s vision for healthy children – Part 1: The Child’s Bill of Rights

This image is from the Commerce Years gallery at the Hoover Presidential Museum. Of the many charitable organizations that Herbert Hoover led, one of the most important was the American Child Health Association.  In its almost 13 years of existence, from its founding by Herbert Hoover in 1923 to its liquidation in 1935, the ACHA … Continue reading Herbert Hoover’s vision for healthy children – Part 1: The Child’s Bill of Rights

Memorial Forest and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Lynn Smith On January 7, 1944 former first Lady Lou Henry Hoover died. For several decades of her life she was active with the Girl Scouts of America, serving in many leadership positions ranging from Troop Leader to National President. To pay tribute to this dynamic lady, the Girl Scouts created Lou Henry Hoover Memorial … Continue reading Memorial Forest and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Lou Henry Hoover Amphitheater

Lynn Smith Sitting on a hillside in Burlingame, California is Hoover Elementary School. Originally founded in 1932, the neighborhood school closed its doors in 1979 due to declining enrollment. The school district sold the building to Buddhist monks. In 2010, the school district purchased the building back and after extensive renovations and the construction of … Continue reading Lou Henry Hoover Amphitheater

Herbert Hoover on Public Acceptance of the President

Herbert Hoover won the 1928 election in a landslide over Democrat Al Smith of New York.  Four years later Hoover lost the 1932 election in a landslide to New York Democrat Franklin Roosevelt.  The intervening four years marked the onset of the Great Depression. Ever pragmatic, Hoover knew that the American people would place their … Continue reading Herbert Hoover on Public Acceptance of the President

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

The “Dragon Lady” of the Passport Office – Frances Knight Parrish

Frances Knight Parrish was the head of the U. S. Passport office from 1955 to her retirement in 1977.  Working under her maiden name, Miss Knight was known for her no-nonsense style, constant feuds with her superiors at the State Department, and her conservative politics.  Her tenure was noted for marked efficiency in the Passport … Continue reading The “Dragon Lady” of the Passport Office – Frances Knight Parrish

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”