• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

History & Culture

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site tells the story of the 31st President of the United States by preserving historic buildings and a landscape the commemorates his life and accomplishments. The National Park Service, which administers Herbert Hoover NHS preserves nationally significant historical and cultural treasures throughout the country. Discover history in the national parks »

People

Herbert Hoover, Lou Henry Hoover, and their family shaped this presidential memorial area to present a fuller understanding of Hoover's life. Find more people »

Places

The park's historic structures, like the Birthplace Cottage, the Blacksmith Shop, the Schoolhouse, and the Friends Meetinghouse, symbolize American ideals as Herbert Hoover saw them and lived them. Find more places »

Stories

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site tells the story of one man's rise from humble beginnings to the presidency, along with his early interest in geology, his 1928 campaign visit, his lifelong love of fishing, and his dedication to chidren's causes. Find more stories »

Research

Historical studies and reports help park staff preserve, maintain, and educate others about the people, places, and stories of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Find more research »

 

Other Historical Homes, Museums, and Places to Learn About Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum has extensive exhibits, research materials, and Web-based information on the life of Herbert Hoover.

Camp Rapidan

Camp Rapidan, now part of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, was the Hoovers' private mountain retreat during the presidential years.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University in California is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and international affairs. Herbert Hoover, a Stanford graduate, founded the institution.

Hoover-Minthorn House Museum

The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum in Newberg, Oregon was Herbert Hoover's home from 1885 to 1889. It is preserved as a memorial to him and to the lifestyle of the Quaker community in which he was raised as a boy. The house is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

Leonora Gwalia Historical Museum

The Leonora Gwalia Historical Museum in Australia includes the site of the Historic Hoover House, commissioned and built in 1898 for Herbert Hoover when he was the manager of the Sons of Gwalia mine.

Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House

The Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover House, completed in 1920, was the Hoovers' first and only permanent residence. Herbert donated the home to Stanford University after his wife Lou died in 1944. It is not open to the public.

White House

Like every president except George Washington, Herbert Hoover called the White House and its surrounding grounds his place of work, rest, and solitude. President and Mrs. Hoover lived in the White House from 1929 through 1933.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Herbert Hoover as an infant.

Herbert Hoover was the first person born west of the Mississippi River to become president. Seven other presidents were born west of the river. More...