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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Prairie Walks and Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Date: August 14, 2013
Contact: Adam Prato, 319-643-2541

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Explore Iowa's prairie heritage on Labor Day Monday, September 2. Ranger-guided walks of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie will start at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Meet at the Tallgrass Prairie Observation Deck by the Gravesite parking lot.

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. The walk is less than a mile and lasts about 60 minutes. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.

At 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Marie Tschopp, a Laura Ingalls Wilder storyteller, will perform at the Presidential Library and Museum. Ms. Tschopp will appear in period-themed clothing as she brings to life the stories penned by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The performance and the prairie walks are free. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

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...