To Look Forward With Unbounded Hope

Orphaned at age nine, Herbert Hoover left West Branch never to live here again. In later years, he returned to his humble birthplace to celebrate his long career of public service. A memorial landscape remains to tell his story: how community, hard work, honesty, and usefulness to others opened a world of opportunity— and the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.

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President Herbert Hoover

Values learned in his hometown of rural West Branch guided Herbert Hoover throughout his life of service to the nation and the world.

Trees in brilliant autumn foliage frame an old white schoolhouse.

Places To Go

A landscape of historic buildings, exhibits, and natural areas commemorate the life of Herbert Hoover.

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Mobile App

Use the mobile app on your visit to West Branch, Iowa to discover the places and people that shaped the early life of the 31st President.

A sprawling one story public building of rough-faced yellowish stone has a white portico entrance.

Presidential Library & Museum

Part of the National Archives, the presidential library allows people to explore the legacy of Herbert Hoover's presidency.

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Permits & Reservations

Reserve picnic shelters, book field trips, and apply for special use permits.

A park ranger patrol truck, painted white with a green stripe, is parked by a barn.

Laws & Policies

Help protect the park by knowing the rules before you visit.

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Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists-in-residence share their inspirations with visitors as they creatively interpret the historic site.

Last updated: April 27, 2020

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P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


(319) 643-2541

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