West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, hosts a weekend of music, horse-drawn rides, shopping, and holiday entertainment. The festivities officially begin with a tree-lighting and holiday tubas on the Village Green at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5.
To emphasize Herbert Hoover's history for feeding those in need, donations of nonperishable items will be accepted for the West Branch Food Pantry at the Visitor Center and at the Presidential Library and Museum.
Horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday and Saturday evenings start at 5:30 p.m. from the Visitor Center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The rides take visitors through the historic site and historic downtown West Branch. The last wagon rides begin at 8:00 p.m.
A park ranger will demonstrate the art and craft of blacksmithing in the Blacksmith Shop on Friday and Saturday nights until 8:30 p.m.
Try snowshoeing with a ranger on Main Street next to the U.S. Post Office Friday and Saturday nights between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The park has some snowshoes to lend, or bring your own.
Historical interpreter Sarah S. Uthoff will appear in character as Laura Ingalls Wilder telling historic stories in the Visitor Center on Friday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. For more information about programs and activities at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site call (319) 643-2541.
Visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum's annual holiday exhibit of Christmas trees. Each of this year's 20 trees will represent one of Shakespeare's plays. Also at the Presidential Library and Museum, The Young Footliters will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Performances are free and there is no reserve seating. The Uncalled Four quartet will sing Christmas carols in the rotunda Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information about programs and activities at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum call (319) 643-5301.More »