• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

A Memorial and a Legacy

The influence of Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover, and their family shaped the development of the presidential memorial area in order for the public to gain a fuller understanding of Hoover’s life.
 
A one-story frame building is rennovated as workers pause in the doorway for a photograph.

The restoration of the Birthplace Cottage was the first step in the creation of a park to commemorate the life of Herbert Hoover.

Herbert Hoover NHS Collection

The park's memorial landscape and its elements symbolize American ideals of religion, education, hard work, community, and entrepreneurship as Herbert Hoover saw them and lived them. The landscape and historic furnishings are a deliberate effort to commemorate and celebrate Herbert Hoover’s accomplishments and ideals, rather than an attempt to fully recreate the setting of his youth. They reflect the wishes and direct involvement of the Hoover family, and especially Lou Henry Hoover, as they expressed them during the site’s development from 1935 to 1966. As additions to the historic landscape, the Gravesite, the Statue of Isis, and the Presidential Library and Museum connect Herbert Hoover’s early childhood to his later accomplishments.

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover in retirement.

In Herbert Hoover’s 31-year retirement from the presidency he never had any Secret Service protection. Not until 1965, one year after Hoover died, was lifetime Secret Service protection awarded to ex-presidents. More...