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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Park Offers Orientation to Obtaining Commercial Filmmaking and Photography Permits

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Date: November 16, 2010
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-2541
Contact: Peter Pappas, (319) 643-2541

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— 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. Commercial filming and photography in national parks such as Herbert Hoover NHS require a special use permit. Special uses are short-term activities in the park that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. The permitting system helps allow special uses of the park without impairing recreational visitors' access to or enjoyment of the park.

"We hope to encourage economic development for area businesses through promoting commercial filming and photography in this beautiful park," said John Slaughter, acting superintendent of Herbert Hoover NHS, "while at the same time provide an accessible, dignified, and spacious setting where visitors can experience the landscape commemorating the life of Herbert Hoover."

According to Slaughter, the park is hoping to use this orientation to begin the planning process for a photo competition and art show to be held in the spring on the grounds of the Village Green within the historic site.

The free permit orientation begins on December 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center. The orientation is expected to last about one hour and may include a tour of the park. Refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending may contact Peter Pappas or Adam Prato at (319) 643-2541.

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?

Rows of wooden pupils' desks.

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...