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

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

To Look Forward With Unbounded Hope

Born in a two-room cottage, Herbert Hoover could have been any small town boy. Orphaned at age nine, he left West Branch, never to live here again. The landscape and buildings of the early years remain, however, to tell how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity— even the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.

Did You Know?

The television-watching eyes of Herbert Hoover.

As Secretary of Commerce in 1927, Herbert Hoover was the first person to appear on an intercity television broadcast. When television became more widespread, Hoover didn't watch it much except to see baseball games. More...