Founders' Day celebrates National Parks at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— On Monday, August 25, 2008 Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the National Park Service’s establishment. The National Park Service manages 391 national parks, historic sites, and monuments across the United States. Although Congress created the first National Park, Yellowstone, in 1872, there was no real system of national parks until a federal bureau, the National Park Service, was created on August 25, 1916.
Two videos “Adventure and Great Undertakings: Herbert Hoover’s Childhood in West Branch” and “Sacred Land – the story of Effigy Mounds National Monument” will play throughout the day in the National Park Service Visitor Center.
Junior Ranger activity booklets will be available at the Visitor Center for children ages 5 to 14. Children can earn Junior Ranger badges by completing the booklet.
Guided walking tours of the historic buildings and grounds will meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Living history interpreters will demonstrate historic crafts, games, music, school teaching, and other activities from 19th century West Branch.
At 10:00 a.m., meet a park ranger in front of the Presidential Library and Museum for a guided tour of the tallgrass prairie. 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.
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.
Did You Know?
The West Branch Schoolhouse was built in 1853 making it the oldest building at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The town's Quakers also used the one-room building as their first meetinghouse. More...