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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

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July 16, 2014
Herbert Hoover’s National Parks
On Saturday, July 19 a park ranger discusses national parks and monuments preserved by Herbert Hoover's administration.

June 09, 2014
Join A Park Ranger For A Tallgrass Prairie Walk
Join a national park ranger to learn how and why the National Park Service is reconstructing this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life.

June 09, 2014
Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues in Summer 2014
Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures about geology in our 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.).

June 05, 2014
Free Summer Programs and Events at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites visitors to attend free ranger programs and events this summer.

June 04, 2014
Ranger to Lead Family Campfire Program on West Branch Village Green
Join a national park ranger for an evening family campfire program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

May 05, 2014
Free Concerts Continue This Spring in West Branch
Grab a friend and pack a picnic… because the music is lively and free! This year’s “Music on the Village Green” kicks off with the award-winning West Branch High School Jazz Band on Monday, May 19.

April 08, 2014
Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues With Presentation on Yellowstone
Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures about geology in our national parks with a presentation on Yellowstone.

January 31, 2014
President’s Day Weekend Features the Grand Opening of New Visitor Center Exhibits
Visitors to West Branch can learn more about Herbert Hoover and other presidents this Presidents Day weekend.

January 28, 2014
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Offers Snowshoe Walks in February
A park ranger will lead additional snowshoe hikes through Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, February 8 and 22.

January 07, 2014
Winter Programs at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites visitors to attend free winter ranger programs in 2014.

November 26, 2013
Celebrate "A Christmas Past" in the Hometown of the 31st President, December 6 through 8
West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host "A Christmas Past" events from Friday, December 6 until Sunday, December 8.

October 24, 2013
Visitor Center Closed for New Exhibit Installation
The Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will close on Friday, November 8 while the park installs a new permanent exhibit. It will reopen on Saturday, November 23.

August 28, 2013
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Recruits Volunteers for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28
Volunteers are needed at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa to help plant trees, spread gravel and mulch on the landscape, and wash down picket fences.

August 14, 2013
Prairie Walks and Laura Ingalls Wilder
A park ranger will discuss how and why the National Park Service is reconstructing this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life.

July 16, 2013
Hoover’s Hometown Days Celebrates the “Master of Emergencies” in West Branch, Iowa
This year's Hoover's Hometown Days in historic West Branch, Iowa is filled with fun activities for families.

June 29, 2013
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and West Branch Fire Department to Host Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 16
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the West Branch Fire Department will host their first joint community blood drive on Tuesday, July 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the West Branch Fire Station.

May 14, 2013
Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures about geology in our national parks this summer, with presentations focusing on Big Bend (June 19), Yosemite (July 24), and Hawaii Volcanoes (August 25).

May 10, 2013
Jazz and Popsicles Open Free Concert Series in West Branch
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in cooperation with Main Street West Branch, invites visitors to a series of special musical events each Thursday night in June.

May 02, 2013
Artist-in-Residence Vivian Hyelim Kim Leads Collage Painting Workshop
Visual artist Vivian Hyelim Kim, Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, will present a collage painting workshop at West Branch High School on Thursday, May 16. Participants will learn and experiment with paper folding and cutting techniques. The final pieces will be patterned on a canvas background painted by participants.

April 16, 2013
National Park Service Offers Tree Planting Demonstration on Arbor Day
Homeowners or anyone interested in learning about planting trees can join arborist Ed Rinderspacher and the staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for an Arbor Day presentation on Friday, April 26.

March 29, 2013
Volunteer Service Project at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Starts off Celebration of National Parks
Kick off National Park Week 2013 on Saturday, April 20 by helping keep Herbert Hoover National Historic Site looking worthy of the 31st President of the United States. The staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site needs volunteers to help spruce up fences, paths, and plantings around its historic buildings, replace signs along its boundary fence, and clean up the creek bed.

March 14, 2013
2013 Artists-in-Residence Selected for Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Visual artist Vivian Hyelim Kim and writer Emily Melhorn will be the 2013 Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Vivian Hyelim Kim will be in residence this spring from April 1 to May 25; Emily Melhorn this fall from September 12 to November 2.

March 12, 2013
Festival in West Branch Honors Humanitarian Accomplishments of Herbert Hoover
The theme of this year's Hoover's Hometown Days, Aug. 3, is "Herbert Hoover: Master of Emergencies," honoring the 31st President's many humanitarian accomplishments.

February 15, 2013
Invasive Plant Management Plan Available for Public Comment
The National Park Service made available a draft Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review. The plan addresses issues associated with vegetation management within the boundaries of 15 national parks in the Midwest, including Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

November 02, 2012
Herbert Hoover NHS Accepting Applications for 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park's 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program.

November 02, 2012
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library-Museum Offer Opportunities to Enjoy Public Lands, Learn About History on Veterans Day
In honor of Veteran's Day, the National Park Service encourages U.S. military members and their dependents to visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, where they may apply for the free Annual Pass to national parks and other federal recreational lands.

September 18, 2012
Death of President Hoover Remembered with Presentation
A park ranger shares the contents of archival letters, telegrams, photographs, and videos documenting the local and global remembrance President Hoover.

September 11, 2012
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Host a Lecture Series on Geology in the National Parks
Dr. Richard Baker will present a series of four lectures about geology in our national parks, focusing on Yellowstone (October 24), Grand Canyon (November 14), Glacier (January 23), and Dinosaur and Badlands (February 27).

July 27, 2012
Hoover’s Hometown Days Fireworks Cancelled
Due to extremely dry conditions in eastern Iowa, including at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the August 4 fireworks display scheduled to conclude the Hoover's Hometown Days celebration has been cancelled.

July 25, 2012
Artists-in-Residence Steven S. Walker and Missy Gaido Allen Working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Landscape painter Steven S. Walker and photographer Missy Gaido Allen will be the Artists-in-Residence this summer at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

May 25, 2012
Music on the Village Green Celebrates Humanitarianism and Public Service Month in Iowa
Celebrate Humanitarianism and Public Service Month in Iowa with a series of special musical events each Thursday night in June.

April 10, 2012
National Park Service Offers Tree Pruning Demonstration on Arbor Day
Homeowners or anyone interested in learning about pruning trees and shrubs can join arborist Ed Rinderspacher and the staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for an Arbor Day presentation on Friday, April 27.

April 09, 2012
Children’s Author Mike Graf Tells of Outdoor Adventures for National Park Week
Mike Graf, educator and author of children's books such as the "Adventures with the Parkers" series combines storytelling, drama, and slides about adventures, wildlife, and history in our national parks like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite

April 05, 2012
Park Visitor Center Will Get New Restrooms and Windows This Spring
The renovation of the men's and women's restrooms will help the park meet federal accessibility standards, and will use more environmentally-friendly materials and fixtures like touchless faucets, low flush toilets, and energy efficient lighting. New double-pane windows will also improve the building's energy efficiency.

April 04, 2012
Prescribed Fire Planned for April
The National Park Service will burn part of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site during the week of April 9 through April 13. Weather and safety considerations will determine the exact date and time of the fire.

March 16, 2012
Retired Park Ranger and Author Shares High Adventure Tales, Humorous Stories, and Deadly Consequences
Gregory W. Moss, author of "National Park Ranger, a.k.a. 'Bleeding Green & Grey'" will speak at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Monday, March 26. The program is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. in the visitor center.

February 28, 2012
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Equals Visitors, Money, and Jobs for the Local Economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 142,512 visitors in 2010 spent more than $7 million in Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and in communities near the park. That spending supported 119 jobs in the local area.

February 23, 2012
Hoover Summer Day Camp in West Branch, Iowa Offers Kids a Chance to Investigate Nature and History
The Hoover Association invites children ages 9 to 12 along with their parents, grandparents, or guardians, to investigate as they explore the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

February 08, 2012
National Park Service Hosts Girl Scout Ranger Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On Saturday, March 24, the National Park Servicewill offer a day of educational and volunteer activities for children in sixth grade or above. Activities will emphasize Lou Henry Hoover's involvement with the Girl Scouts and her work to restore Herbert Hoover's birthplace.

December 15, 2011
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the West Branch Public Library Offer Winter Children's Programs
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will partner with the West Branch Public Library from January through April of 2012 to offer literacy and educational programs.

November 17, 2011
Celebrate "A Christmas Past" Weekend in West Branch, Iowa
West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host "A Christmas Past" events from Friday, December 2 until Sunday, December 4.

November 16, 2011
Herbert Hoover NHS Accepting Applications for 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park's 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program.

October 07, 2011
"A Sense of Place" Photography Exhibit by David Plowden and the Film "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" Featured
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will host the photography exhibit "A Sense of Place" from October 14 through April 1. The film "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from October 15 through April 1.

September 14, 2011
Volunteers Needed to Help With Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction
On Saturday, September 24, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will participate in National Public Lands Day with a volunteer project in the 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

August 22, 2011
Visitors Can Discover Tallgrass Prairie This September Through Ranger-guided Walks and Volunteering
Visitors to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will have a couple of different opportunities this September to experience the park’s 81-acre tallgrass.

August 18, 2011
Park Rangers Lead Prairie Walks on Labor Day, September 5
Explore Iowa's prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 5 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Ranger-guided walks of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie will start at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Gravesite Parking Lot.

July 28, 2011
Evening Ranger Talks in August
Rangers at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa will offer short 10- to 15-minute talks to visitors enjoying a summer evening in the park.

July 14, 2011
Evening Ranger Talks in July
In July rangers at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa will offer short 10- to 15-minute talks to visitors enjoying a summer evening in the park.

June 30, 2011
"Poetry Sprouts" Poetry Program for Ages 4-6 With Artist-in-Residence M.S. Coe on Saturday, July 16
Experience words in a whole new way! Writer M.S. Coe will help kids ages 4 through 6 flex their poetry muscles through creative movement, drawing, reading, and writing.

June 06, 2011
Writing Workshop and Readings Offered by Artist-in-Residence Gaynell Gavin on Saturday, June 18
Artist-in-Residence Gaynell Gavin will read from her writings and present a writing workshop at the visitor center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Saturday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m.

May 12, 2011
Artists Selected for 2011 Residency Program
This year two writers, M.S. Coe and Gaynell Gavin, will be Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

May 06, 2011
Prescribed Fire Planned for Spring 2011
The National Park Service will burn part of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie during the week of May 9.

April 25, 2011
Achievements of Iowa’s African American Women Will Be Displayed at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
"Our Sisters' Many Hats", an exhibit celebrating the many roles and achievements of Iowa's African American women will be displayed in the visitor center from May 6 until September 7, 2011.

March 14, 2011
Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage Will Close for a Week of Maintenance
Herbert Hoover NHS will temporarily close the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage starting March 28 for routine maintenance. The Birthplace Cottage will remain closed through April 1.

March 07, 2011
Volunteers Help Reconstruct Prairie During National Park Week
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites people to celebrate National Park Week by helping with a spring reconstruction project in the 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

February 07, 2011
Snowmobile Use Temporarily Permitted Along Parkside Drive
There is sufficient snow cover and weather conditions for snowmobiles to safely operate on the paved surface of Parkside Drive between Main Street and Interstate 80

January 21, 2011
Public Can Review and Comment on Exotic Plant Management Plan Online
The National Park Service is beginning the development of an Exotic Plant Management Plan and an Environmental Assessment (EA) that includes Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

January 18, 2011
Underground Railroad Exhibit Will Be Displayed at Visitor Center
"Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom", an exhibit on the Underground Railroad, will be displayed at the Visitor Center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from January 24 through the end of April.

January 12, 2011
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces Application Period for 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program. The application period closes on Friday, February 25, 2011.

January 06, 2011
Pete Swisher Named New Superintendent for Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Pete Swisher, formerly Chief Park Ranger at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Mo., has been named the new Superintendent for Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

November 29, 2010
Public Invited to Discuss Designs for a Permanent Visitor Center Exhibit
No abstract supplied.

November 22, 2010
Celebrate “A Christmas Past” in West Branch, Iowa
West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host "A Christmas Past" events from Friday, December 3 until Sunday, December 5.

November 16, 2010
Park Offers Orientation to Obtaining Commercial Filmmaking and Photography Permits
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites filmmakers and photographers to attend a free one-hour orientation on how to obtain a permit to use the park as a setting for commercial photography.

November 15, 2010
Two Men Are Fined and Have Property Impounded for Relic Hunting in a National Park
A park ranger at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site issued a citation to two relic hunters. Both men received tickets for possessing and using metal detectors on federal land, a violation of federal law.

September 08, 2010
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site to Host Naturalization Ceremony During Citizenship Week
Eighty candidates will become new citizens during a ceremony at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on September 13, 2010.

August 31, 2010
Volunteers Sought to Help With Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction
No abstract supplied.

August 10, 2010
Celebrate Prairie Heritage on September 6, 2010
Celebrate Iowa's prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 6 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum.

August 05, 2010
New Audio Tour Available at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
A new audio tour at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site gives visitors another alternative for exploring the birthplace, gravesite, and other features of the park commemorating the 31st president.

August 05, 2010
Historic Friends Meetinghouse Will Get a New Roof
The historic Friends Meetinghouse at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will get new roof shingles this summer.

July 29, 2010
Explore Nature at Night
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will offer ranger-led explorations of the tallgrass prairie and the night sky on Thursday, July 15, and Friday, September 3.

July 13, 2010
Works by Iowa Artist Diane Blair Kunzler On Exhibit
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will display artwork by Iowa painter and pastel artist Diane Blair Kunzler in the Visitor Center until January 21, 2011.

May 20, 2010
Celebrate Memorial Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library & Museum
From 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., living history interpreters will demonstrate games, soap making, rug making, tatting, embroidery, basket making, tintype photography, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

May 10, 2010
Public Invited to Scoping Meeting for Vegetation Management Plan
The National Park Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its work on a proposed Vegetation Management Plan on Monday, May 17.

April 19, 2010
Iowa's Prairie Heritage on Display April 29 to May 28
No abstract supplied.

March 29, 2010
National Park Week 2010 Begins with a Prairie Restoration Project
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 17 to help remove trees and shrubs from the grassland, or to collect and plant native plant seeds.

March 29, 2010
Lead Paint Abatement and Repainting of Three Historic Buildings Will Be Completed This Spring
Lead paint abatement at three historic buildings will be completed this spring.

March 29, 2010
Explore, Learn, Protect: National Junior Ranger Day 2010
Explore the park with your family as you complete your Junior Ranger booklet.

March 24, 2010
Construction of New Walkways Starts in April
No abstract supplied.

March 18, 2010
Prescribed Fire Planned for Spring 2010
The National Park Service will burn part of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site sometime in the first half of April 2010.

February 05, 2010
Hooverfest 2010: Call for Iowa Treasures
Individuals, communities, organizations: Showcase your Iowa Treasures at Hooverfest, August 7, 2010.

November 24, 2009
Celebrate "A Christmas Past" in West Branch, Iowa
West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host “A Christmas Past” events from Friday, December 4 until Sunday, December 6.

October 28, 2009
Teacher-Ranger Helps Kids Teach Kids about National Parks
No abstract supplied.

October 28, 2009
2009 Artists-in-Residence Donate Works
The 2009 Artist-in-Residence program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site featured writer Laura Madeline Wiseman and painter Patricia Rottino Cummins. Each artist donated work created during their residencies this summer.

October 14, 2009
Conference Celebrating Iowa at Hoover Presidential Museum
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum will host the conference Celebrating Iowa! Great Stories from across the Hawkeye State.

October 07, 2009
Prescribed Fire Planned in Fall 2009
The National Park Service will burn half of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site sometime in October or November of 2009.

October 05, 2009
Underground Railroad Exhibit Will Be Displayed at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
“Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom”, an exhibit on the Underground Railroad, is on display at the Visitor Center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

October 01, 2009
Recovery Act Funds Rehabilitation of Historic Wright House
Rehabilitation of the historic Wright House, one of the restored buildings at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, will begin in October.

September 30, 2009
Replanting of Prairie Trails Will Reduce Park's Carbon Footprint and Add Two Acres of Native Plants
Two and a half miles of prairie trails are being reduced to seven feet wide from 10 to 14 feet wide. The trails will require less frequent mowing and, as a result, less fossil fuel use by the park.

September 16, 2009
Visitor Center Will Be Closed While New Carpet is Installed
The Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will be closed on Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2 while new carpet is installed.

September 16, 2009
Artist-in-Residence Patricia Rottino Cummins Working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Painter Patricia Rottino Cummins will be the Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from October 17 to 24.

August 31, 2009
Celebrate Prairie Heritage on September 7, 2009
Celebrate Iowa’s prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 7 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

August 31, 2009
Local Volunteers Sought to Help Restore Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Part of a Nationwide Effort to Improve Public Lands
No abstract supplied.

July 17, 2009
Explore Nature at Night on July 31, 2009
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is offering back-to-back ranger-led nature programs Friday night, July 31, 2009.

July 16, 2009
Hooverfest Honors Military Service and Celebrates Iowa's Treasures on August 1, 2009
Hooverfest, the annual celebration of Herbert Hoover’s birth, takes place on Saturday, August 1 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Admission will be free to all events and buildings.

July 08, 2009
Artist-in-Residence Laura Madeline Wiseman Working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Writer Laura Madeline Wiseman will be the Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from July 15 through August 1.

June 25, 2009
Celebrate Independence Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library & Museum
No abstract supplied.

June 11, 2009
Underground Railroad in Iowa 2009 Symposium Scheduled for June 19-20
No abstract supplied.

May 22, 2009
Workshop Will Explain Visitor Study Results
On Wednesday, June 3, the park will host a workshop, facilitated by Dr. Lena Le of the University of Idaho, to explain the results of the visitor survey conducted last summer.

May 12, 2009
Artists Selected for 2009 Residency Program
No abstract supplied.

April 02, 2009
Visitor Center Will Reopen on April 13
The Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will reopen on Monday, April 13, 2009.

April 01, 2009
Prescribed Fire Planned for Spring 2009
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will burn 40 acres of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie sometime between early April and mid May of 2009.

March 27, 2009
Prairie Restoration Project Kicks Off National Park Week 2009
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 18 to help remove weeds from a recent planting of native prairie grasses and flowers.

March 27, 2009
Explore, Learn, Protect: National Junior Ranger Day 2009
On Saturday, April 25, kids of all ages can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

November 17, 2008
Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Close For Repairs Starting December 1, 2008
On December 1, 2008 the Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will close while the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is replaced.

November 14, 2008
Celebrate "A Christmas Past" in West Branch, Iowa
West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host “A Christmas Past” events from Friday, December 5 until Sunday, December 7.

October 02, 2008
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces 2009 Artist-in-Residence Program as New Artwork Is Unveiled
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2009 Artist-in-Residence program.

September 17, 2008
Local Volunteers Sought to Pitch In Restoring Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on National Public Lands day, Saturday, Sept. 27
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is part of a nationwide effort to improve national lands in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

August 14, 2008
Help Restore the Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on September 27
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will be restoring native tallgrass prairie as part of National Public Lands Day, the annual nation-wide volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.

August 13, 2008
Celebrate Prairie Heritage on September 1, 2008
Celebrate Prairie Heritage Day on Monday, Labor Day, September 1 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

July 18, 2008
Founders' Day celebrates National Parks at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On Monday, August 25, 2008 Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the National Park Service’s establishment.

July 18, 2008
Living History Interpreters Demonstrate 19th Century Crafts, Games, and School Teaching
On Saturday, August 16 interpreters will demonstrate crafts, games, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

July 18, 2008
Hooverfest Celebrates Herbert Hoover on August 2, 2008
No abstract supplied.

July 16, 2008
Activities on July 19 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On Saturday, July 19, writer Will Anderson will present a public program about his writing and living history interpreters will demonstrate games from life in 19th century West Branch.

July 10, 2008
Update on Bridge Repair at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Visitors and commuters should be prepared to find alternative parking.

June 26, 2008
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Offer Independence Day Programs
On Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., interpreters will demonstrate crafts, games, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

June 25, 2008
Bridge Repair Delayed at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Until July
Water Street Parking Lot between Parkside Drive and Second Street will be open until July 6 and closed once construction begins.

June 20, 2008
Photographer Linda Staats Working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Photographer Linda Staats will be the Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from June 20 until July 5.

June 11, 2008
Storm Causes Flooding Throughout Park
On Tuesday, June 3, Hoover Creek rose approximately nine feet after about three inches of rain fell on the immediate area.

June 06, 2008
Bridge Construction Projects at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Begin in June
On June 23, 2008, bridge repair will begin on Parkside Drive and Second Street.

May 20, 2008
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Be Free Beginning June 1, 2008
Starting on June 1, 2008, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will no longer charge an entrance fee to visit the park.

April 18, 2008
Artists Selected for 2008 Residency Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Photographer Linda Staats and radio dramatist Will Anderson will be this year’s Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

April 15, 2008
Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger!
On Saturday, April 26, kids of all ages can celebrate National Park Week by bringing their families to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for National Junior Ranger Day.

April 10, 2008
Silos & Smokestacks Announces 2008 Golden Silo Awards
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the best in heritage development during their Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

March 24, 2008
Prescribed Fire Planned at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Spring 2008
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will burn 40 acres of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie located on the site.

March 13, 2008
Prairie Restoration Project Kicks Off National Park Week
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will kick off National Park Week with a spring restoration project in the 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

February 19, 2008
Junior Ranger Essay Contest Announced
No abstract supplied.

February 19, 2008
Designated Snowmobile Route within Herbert Hoover NHS
The shoulder of the paved surface of Parkside Drive between Main Street and Interstate Highway 80 is the only designated route that snowmobiles can operate on within Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

December 05, 2007
"Holiday in the National Parks" Celebrated at the White House
Ornaments from Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Effigy Mounds National Monument are prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree.

December 03, 2007
Agriculture Secretary Exhibit Opens at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
No abstract supplied.

November 14, 2007
Celebrate "A Christmas Past" in West Branch
West Branch will host “A Christmas Past” events from Friday, November 30 until Sunday, December 2.

November 12, 2007
New Artwork Displayed as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces 2008 Artist-in-Residence Program
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2008 Artist-in-Residence program. The 2007 artists each donated artwork now on display at the Visitor Center

November 01, 2007
Entrance fees waived for veterans on Veterans Day, November 11
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2007, U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces, and their families will be admitted free-of-charge to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

October 29, 2007
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Plans Prescribed Fire
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will burn 36 acres of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie located on the site.

October 17, 2007
Hawkeye Hikers Announce a New Walking Route in West Branch
On Friday, October 12, The Hawkeye Hikers announced a new Volksmarch walk through West Branch at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

September 21, 2007
Courtesy Dog Litter Bag Stations Installed
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site has installed five new DOGIPOT courtesy dog litter bag stations along the park’s walkways.

September 18, 2007
Historic Friends Meetinghouse Will Partially Close For Repainting
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will partially close the Friends Meetinghouse beginning on Thursday, September 20, 2007 while the interior rooms are repainted.

August 18, 2007
Painter Billie Davids working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
No abstract supplied.

August 18, 2007
Celebrate Prairie Heritage on September 3, 2007
No abstract supplied.

August 03, 2007
Founders' Day celebrates National Parks at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On Saturday, August 25, 2007 Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will celebrate the 91st anniversary of the National Park Service’s establishment.

July 24, 2007
Explore nature at night at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is offering back-to-back ranger-led nature programs Friday night, August 3, 2007.

July 13, 2007
Loop Road at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will close for repairs
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will close the Loop Road on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20 to repair a settling section of roadway west of the picnic parking area.

July 13, 2007
Celebrate Hooverfest on August 4th
No abstract supplied.

July 11, 2007
Painter Diane Blair Kunzler working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
No abstract supplied.

July 03, 2007
Schoolhouse Will Temporarily Close For Repainting
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will temporarily close the Schoolhouse beginning on July 9, 2007 while lead paint is removed from its exterior.

June 28, 2007
Fishing and Hooverball Featured at This Year's Hooverfest
No abstract supplied.

June 06, 2007
Iowa Archaeologist Discusses the History of Fishing in Iowa
Herbert Hoover National Historical Site presents archaeologist Douglas W. Jones and his talk “A Fishy Story from Iowa: New Considerations of Prehistoric Fishing Practices in the Eastern Prairie Plains”. Mr. Jones will discuss evidence—such as fish remains, weir structures, and artifacts that may represent fish hooks and fish lures—that suggests fishing played an important role during Iowa’s prehistoric and early historic times.

May 22, 2007
Memorial Day Programs at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Presidential Library and Museum
On Monday, May 28 celebrate Memorial Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

May 22, 2007
Experience Living History at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On six dates this summer living history interpreters will rove the historic grounds and demonstrate crafts, games, music, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

May 22, 2007
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Announces Summer 2007 Interpretive Program Schedule
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site announces its interpretive program schedule for June 10 through September 3, 2007.

May 14, 2007
Artists Selected for Residency Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Two Iowa artists, Diane Blair Kunzler and Billie Davids, will be this year’s Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

April 23, 2007
Pet Owners Asked to Leash, Clean Up After Pets
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April 16, 2007
Blacksmith Shop Will Be Closed During Repairs to Boardwalk
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will begin repairing the wooden boardwalk and access platform to the Blacksmith Shop on April 17, 2007. The Blacksmith Shop will be closed during the repairs, which may take up to thirty days to complete.

April 03, 2007
Prescribed Fire Planned at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will burn 36 acres of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie located on the site.

March 08, 2007
"Trout Fishing in Iowa" presentation opens "Fishing for Fun" exhibit at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
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February 20, 2007
Underground Railroad Programs Scheduled for Cedar County, Iowa
Iowans will have opportunities this March to learn more about the national network of resistance to slavery known as the Underground Railroad.

February 07, 2007
President's Fiscal Year 2008 NPS Budget Proposal to Impact Park Operations at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site would see a modest increase in operational funding as a result of the President’s $2.4 billion National Park Service budget for Fiscal Year 2008.

November 21, 2006
Artwork donated to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Karen Page Crislip of Estes Park, Colorado donated a hand-woven tapestry depicting the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

November 21, 2006
Underground Railroad Network to Freedom exhibit on display at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
The “National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom” traveling exhibit is on display in the visitor center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site until the end of February 2007.

November 07, 2006
Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage reopened
The Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage reopened on November 6, 2006.

November 07, 2006
Experience A Christmas Past in West Branch, Iowa
“A Christmas Past” events will be held at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Friday and Saturday evenings, December 1st and 2nd, and on Sunday afternoon, December 3rd.

October 20, 2006
Entrance fees waived for veterans on Veterans Day
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October 13, 2006
Applications sought for 2007 Artist-in-Residence program
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks sculptors, writers, photographers, painters, composers, and other artists to apply their talents to the site’s 2007 Artist-in-Residence program.

October 10, 2006
Prescribed Fire Planned
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will burn 36 acres of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie sometime during the week of October 16 or October 23, 2006.

September 20, 2006
Naturalization Ceremony Hosted by Hoover Site
Seventy-nine men, women, and children became U.S. citizens during a citizenship ceremony on the grounds of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

September 15, 2006
Local Volunteers Needed to Pitch in on National Public Lands Day
Local volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves for National Public Lands Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Saturday, September 30.

September 15, 2006
Hoover Site to Host Naturalization Ceremony on September 18
On Constitution Day, September 18, four federal government agencies will collaborate in conducting the first naturalization ceremony ever to be held outside a courthouse in the northern district of Iowa.

August 22, 2006
Hand-woven tapestry maker Karen Page Crislip working at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Hand-woven tapestry maker Karen Page Crislip will be the Artist-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site from September 13 until September 29.

June 05, 2006
Release of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Hoover Creek
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site announces the release and availability of the Hoover Creek Stream Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover as an infant.

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