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Herbert Hoover And A Retreat Fit For A President

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Welcome to Shenandoah National Park's web-based curriculum on President Herbert C. Hoover and his Rapidan Camp. The information and activities included in these lessons will provide insight into the life and times of our 31st President, his work as a conservationist and humanitarian, his activities and programs as Chief Executive, and his lasting impact on America.

This is the first in a two-part interactive web-based history series featuring the cultural resources at Shenandoah National Park. To view the second part, CCC: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation, click here.

Directions: Begin by watching the introductory movie below and then follow the directions as you come to them. If you don't complete all the lessons in one session, you can use the navigation table above to return to where you left off.
Teachers: Click here for information about this lesson and to see the national and state (Virginia) standards correlations.

 
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What about the Rapidan area made the Hoovers want to build their retreat there? How did they find it? Where is it? Who came to work and recreate there? How has it withstood time and nature? What is its legacy? Explore these questions and much more as we take the trip to President Hoover’s Rapidan Camp.

You will want to get your pens and journals ready to record your journey’s insights, thoughts, ideas, and revelations about Hoover, America, and YOU!

 
 
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Did You Know?

The green sharply serrated leaves of chestnut shoots can be found throughout the park.

American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.