• 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

Artists Selected for 2009 Residency Program

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Date: May 12, 2009
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Writer Laura Madeline Wiseman and painter Patricia Rottino Cummins will be this year’s Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. During their residencies Ms. Wiseman and Ms. Cummins will be available to interact with park visitors while they work. Each will also present a public program.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is a PhD student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ms. Wiseman’s great-great-great-grandmother Matilda Fletcher Wiseman, an Iowa native who lectured across the Midwest in the 19th century, inspires her current research and writing project. “These poems capture not only her life and work,” said Ms. Wiseman, “but also the natural landscape of the American West, where she was born and where she lived most of her life.” Ms. Wiseman will be the Artist-in-Residence from July 14 through August 2.

Patricia Rottino Cummins of Miami, Florida, has been an art educator for over thirty years in the Miami Dade Public Schools. Her works of art are inspired by local landscapes, as well as by the vistas she has seen and photographed during her many travels and National Park residencies. “Lately I find myself closely concentrating on each landscape,” said Ms. Cummins, “and discovering that unique element that interprets the moment, feeling, and importance of the subject.” Ms. Cummins will be the Artist-in-Residence during the week of October 19.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off 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.

Did You Know?

Hoover's birthplace as it appeared before restoration: a two-story white frame house.

Herbert Hoover's birthplace was a tourist attraction as early as 1928. Jennie Scellers, the house's owner, charged 10 cents for tours and set up a souvenir stand on her lawn. More...