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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Free Summer Programs and Events at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Date: June 5, 2014
Contact: Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, (319) 643-2541

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites visitors to attend free ranger programs and events this summer.

Dr. Richard Baker continues his lecture series "Geology of the National Parks" with presentations on Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains (Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.) and Mount Rainier and Crater Lake (Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m.). The programs are free. Meet at the visitor center.

Special musical events "Music on the Village Green" continue each Thursday night in June at 7 p.m.. The weekly performances feature bluesman Kevin "B.F." Burt (June 5), folk blues duo Joe and Vicki Price (June 12), mariachi musicians Las Guitarras De Mexico (June 19), and contemporary country performer Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart (June 26).

Join a national park ranger for "Campfire on the Village Green" on Saturday, June 14. The program is free and begins at 9:00 p.m. The ranger will discuss how national parks restore and preserve remnants of our nation's once vast tallgrass prairie. Visitors and their families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and toasting sticks and marshmallows.

On Saturday, June 21 and Monday, September 1, take the "Tallgrass Prairie Walk" to find out how and why the National Park Service is reconstructing this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life. The walk begins at the Tallgrass Prairie Observation Deck (at the Gravesite Parking Lot) at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Take a walking tour of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from July 9 through August 13. A ranger leads you through the park's historic buildings: the Birthplace Cottage, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and Friends Meetinghouse. The tour begins and ends at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in time for the 7 p.m. Wednesday movie.

Learn about "Herbert Hoover's National Parks" on Saturday, July 19. As President, Herbert Hoover's administration created a number of new national parks and monuments. Join a park ranger to learn about some of these special places. This indoor presentation takes place at 2 p.m. in the visitor center.

"Hoover's Hometown Days" on August 1 and 2 celebrates the life of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States. Enjoy free family fun Friday night and all day Saturday with a variety of family entertainment, craft vendors and more! Saturday night, view a spectacular fireworks display accompanied with music by the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. The celebration takes place throughout downtown West Branch. Visit www.hoovershometowndays.org for more information.

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. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541. 

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...