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

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Experience A Christmas Past in West Branch, Iowa

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Date: November 7, 2006
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

“A Christmas Past” events will be held at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 1st and 2nd and on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 3rd. Enjoy fresh popcorn and hot, spiced cider while you wait for a guided tour on a horse-drawn wagon through the National Historic Site and historic downtown West Branch. The last wagon rides are at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Downtown West Branch will feature brick fireplaces for roasting marshmallows, fresh cooked doughnuts, photos with Santa Claus, and a performance by the West Branch Jazz Band on Friday night. Downtown shops will be open for business Friday night and Saturday, and costumed carolers will roam the streets Saturday evening. Be sure to stop at the Town Hall to check out the craft fair and to place your bid on uniquely decorated holiday trees.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum will feature Christmas trees in the “A Dickens Christmas” exhibit. Each tree will be decorated with an element of the book, A Christmas Carol. The Young Footliters will perform “The Velveteen Rabbit” in the auditorium on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free for the performances.

The Hoover Presidential Library Association will host English holiday teas on Friday and Saturday afternoons at the Yellow House, on the hill across from the Presidential Library and Museum. Two Teddy Bear Teas for children are planned for Sunday. Paid advance reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (319) 643-5327 or visit www.hooverassociation.org.

Admission to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum will be free from 5 p.m. on Friday through 5 p.m. on Sunday. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are off I-80 at exit 254 in West Branch, Iowa. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

Did You Know?

Photograph of Herbert Hoover as an infant.

Herbert Hoover was the first person born west of the Mississippi River to become president. Seven other presidents were born west of the river. More...