• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa


A high school band performs at a park gazebo.

Special events like concerts on the Village Green require special use permits.

NPS Photo

Activities in the park that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large require permits. A complete list of these activities are listed in the Superintendent's Compendium of Rules and Regulations (PDF file).

Contact us for more information about special use permits and how to apply for them.

Apply for a Permit

You may download application forms for common special park uses. Return completed forms to the visitor center or mail them to Herbert Hoover NHS, Special Park Uses Coordinator, P. O. Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358-0607.

Weddings and Other Group Gatherings or Events

Download a special use permit application (PDF file) »

Commercial Filming and Photography

Download a commercial filming permit application (PDF file) »

Food Service

Download a food service permit application (PDF file) »

Commercial Uses

Other commercial activities or soliciting business within the park require a commercial use authorization. Contact us to find out more »


Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters may be used for free on a first-come, first-serve basis or they may be reserved for $25.00. Find out more »

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover in retirement.

In Herbert Hoover’s 31-year retirement from the presidency he never had any Secret Service protection. Not until 1965, one year after Hoover died, was lifetime Secret Service protection awarded to ex-presidents. More...