Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

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Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Iowa

(319) 643-5301

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Overview

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public on August 10, 1962, Mr. Hoover's 88th birthday. In the years since, more than 2.5 million visitors have toured the museum and more than 2,000 scholars from every state in the union and a dozen foreign countries have utilized the library's seven million pages of documentary holdings. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is one of the Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, a United States government agency. In recent years, the Library and Museum has been transformed into a nationally recognized center for the study of twentieth-century history and the American presidency. Simultaneously, the Library had redoubled efforts to locate and collect documentation pertaining to the Hoover Era. In addition to the papers of Herbert Hoover, the manuscript holdings include those of Lewis Strauss, Gerald P. Nye, Felix Morley, Clark Mollenhoff, Robert E. Wood, Westbrook Pegler, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, among others. More than 150 collections make the Library an important center for the study of conservative journalistic thought, agricultural economics, famine relief, atomic energy, and governmental reorganization. Ten thousand square feet are devoted to seven museum galleries telling Hoover's fifty years of public service.

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  • Historic Sites

    The Hoover Library & Museum enables visitors to experience for themselves the many sides of Iowa's only president:

    * The permanent galleries begin with Hoover's boyhood in Iowa and continue on to the Waldorf Towers in New York where he spent the final years of his life.

    * The Quarton Gallery offers exciting temporary exhibits relating to American history.

    * In the Hoover Library people of all ages can learn about President Hoover's life and career. Using manuscripts, photographs and oral histories, one can learn the stories of U.S. history. The Hoover Museum sits on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site where visitors can tour:

    * Mr. Hoover's birthplace cottage * a blacksmith shop * Quaker Meeting house * the gravesite of Mr. and Mrs. Hoover

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Driving

The Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and the Hoover Birthplace Cottage lie within the 186-acre Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in West Branch, 10 miles east of Iowa City, just off Interstate 80 at Exit 254.

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(319) 643-5301

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