The Arts At Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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A bronze statue of a seated goddess is displayed in a park.
"Isis, Goddess of Life" by Auguste Puttemans

Patricia McInroy

Ever since the installation of the Statue of Isis across from Herbert Hoover's restored birthplace in 1939, the historic site has been home to original artwork that commemorates the 31st President of the United States.

A portrait painting shows a middle aged man in a suit sitting in a dark room.
Herbert Hoover sat for this portrait in Florida in 1928, shortly after being elected president

"Herbert Hoover, President-Elect," painting by Henry Salem Hubbell

Original Artwork

Exhibits at both the historic site and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum feature original works of art. "Isis, Goddess of Life," a bronze statue by Belgian sculptor Auguste Puttemans, figures prominently in the park's commemorative landscape. The 1928 portrait "Herbert Hoover, President-Elect" by American painter Henry Salem Hubbell is displayed at the Visitor Center.

Also displayed are original works by regional artists P. Buckley Moss and Louis Picek.

Programs & Events

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors. Works by artists-in-residence are displayed in the Visitor Center and are featured in various interpretive media.

Music & Performing Arts

Each summer the park hosts Music on the Village Green, a series of musical events Thursdays in June and July. The park's Village Green at the intersection of Main Street and Parkside Drive provides a classic small town setting in which to enjoy an evening of free entertainment. Hoover's Hometown Days, the annual event celebrating the birth of the 31st President, features musical acts. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum offers occasional musical events.

The museum's 200-seat auditorium hosts occasional theatrical performances, like during West Branch's annual holiday celebration.

Books & Literature

Herbert Hoover authored dozens of books in his long life. The American Library Association designated the Birthplace Cottage a Literary Landmark in 1991. Today Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum offers lectures by a variety of authors.

Film & Writing

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    Last updated: February 22, 2019