Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
Presidential Libraries give the American people the opportunity to explore the legacy of American Presidential leadership. It is an amazing opportunity to see, hear, and appreciate many of the events that changed our lives and made us who we are as a nation.
NPS PHOTO COURTESTY OF THE HERBERT HOOVER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum was opened to the public on August 10, 1962, Herbert Hoover's 88th birthday. The dedication took place at the library's original entrance, which is the small portico at the east end of the building supported by four white pillars and topped with an earlier version of the presidential seal.
Timothy Walch, Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum shares a story about that historic day:
Since that day, the museum has been expanded and renovated several times, with the most recent change funded by a partnership between the U.S. government and the non-profit Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.
Although it is located in a national park, the Presidential Library and Museum is independently operated and maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 362 days a year, the museum houses millions of papers and over 300 collections relating to both President and Mrs. Hoover, their friends, and associates. Permanent galleries take you from President Hoover's boyhood in Iowa and continue on to a recreation of the Waldorf Towers apartment in New York where he spent the final years of his life.
Herbert Hoover was proud of the modest museum here because it fit within the context of the other buildings on the site. According to Timothy Walch:
Perhaps what Herbert Hoover didn't foresee back in 1962, was how this Presidential Library and Museum would be transformed into a nationally recognized center of study. Timothy Walch says:
Take some time and go inside the Presidential Library and Museum during your visit. You'll learn the story of Hoover's fifty years of public service and gain a fuller understanding of the life and times of America's 31st President.