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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

New Artwork Displayed as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces 2008 Artist-in-Residence Program

Pastel of a white frame house, white picket fence, and green trees.
"Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage", showing the view of the former president's gravesite from his birthplace, is one of two new pieces of art on display at the Visitor Center.
Diane Blair Kunzler

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News Release Date: November 12, 2007
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2008 Artist-in-Residence program. The Artist-in-Residence program is open to all professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two residencies each of two to four weeks from May 1 through October 31.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is a National Park unit in West Branch, Iowa. It commemorates the life and achievements of the 31st. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is within the park, along with an 81-acre tallgrass prairie. Historic downtown West Branch is adjacent to the park.

The 2007 Artist-in-Residence program featured painters Diane Blair Kunzler and Billie Davids. Each artist donated artwork created during their residencies this summer. Ms. Kunzler’s pastel of the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage and its view of the presidential gravesite and Mrs. Davids’ portrait of former first lady Lou Henry Hoover are on display at the Visitor Center along with works from past Artists-in-Residence.

For more about the program and how to apply, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/heho, or call Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

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