Audio Tour Stop 101: Visitor Center Welcome and Listening Wand Tutorial (2:15)
As part of the National Park System this park commemorates and interprets the life, career, and accomplishments of our nation’s 31st President.
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Welcome to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. As part of the National Park System and in cooperation with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, and the city of West Branch, this 187-acre park commemorates and interprets the life, career, and accomplishments of our nation’s 31st President.
(music) Today you will explore the neighborhood where Herbert Hoover was born and spent much of his early childhood. As you explore the site’s historic grounds and buildings, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the landscape Hoover saw, and the activities he participated in as a child.
To ensure that you experience all of the park’s resources and history during your visit, please stop by the Visitor Center, or any of the three waysides, to pick up a free copy of the park’s site map. The message stops for the audio tour are numbered and titled on this helpful guide, which means you can enjoy the audio program in any order you like.
To learn more about the natural or cultural significance of a particular building or feature on the map, please enter the corresponding three-digit number on your audio wand’s keypad. In some locations the messages are ‘layered,’ so after the main message is finished, you will be prompted to press the # key to access the additional information.
To end a message before it’s finished, press the “Stop” button located on the bottom center of the keypad. To hear it again, simply re-enter the number. You can adjust the volume by pressing the up or down arrow.
For your convenience, the Visitor Center and its restrooms are handicapped-accessible. Visitors may borrow a wheelchair and scripts of the audio program. In addition, there is a short film about Herbert Hoover’s early life. Park rangers and volunteers are available to assist you and answer questions from 9 am to 5 pm.
Ready to begin? Please remember to watch your step while you visit the site, and keep an eye out for posted safety messages.
Enjoy the program!