Celebrate Prairie Heritage on September 6, 2010
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855
WEST BRANCH, IOWA—Celebrate Iowa's prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 6 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum.
Guided walks of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie start outside the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum at 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Park rangers will discuss how the National Park Service is restoring this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life. The walk is one half-mile and lasts about one hour. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., living history interpreters demonstrate historic crafts, games, school teaching, and other activities from 19th century West Branch. Games and home crafts demonstrations by costumed volunteers take place near the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage. Visit the 1853 West Branch Schoolhouse for historic school teaching activities.
"Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered" begins at 1:30 p.m. inside the Hoover Presidential Library & Museum with musical selections by the widely acclaimed Marengo Civil War Band. Following the music, Sarah S. Uthoff, reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College, will portray Mrs. Wilder. The program repeats at 3:00 p.m.
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & 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?
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...