A Memorial & a Legacy
Every generation has the right to build its own world out of the materials of the past, cemented by the hopes of the future.
Following his presidency, the Hoover family wanted to create a place where the values Herbert believed in could be shared with all Americans. The park reflects the Hoovers’ and their supporters’ vision of how anyone might achieve the American Dream.
Planning the Park
After the Hoover presidency ended, Lou Henry Hoover sought to restore Herbert’s Birthplace Cottage. These efforts kicked off what would eventually become the planning of the National Historic Site. A community group, the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Society, worked for years to select and place the buildings and land features found here today.
The planners had a mission: the commemorative landscape would reflect that in America anyone, including an orphaned boy from a small town, can achieve great things. There are no statues of Herbert Hoover on the grounds. Instead, the park is dedicated to ideals and values, and the idea that any man or woman can succeed through hard work, good deeds, and determination.
Visitors to Hoover's birthplace cottage can see straight across the park to his grave on the hill. This vista describes Hoover's epic life journey. Although he traveled the world, Hoover was always inspired by his early experiences in West Branch.
Remembering Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover served as president during a tumultuous time in American history. Like other presidents who left office with low popularity, Hoover’s continued humanitarian work after the White House redeemed his place in history. Even today, Hoover is known throughout the world for his pragmatic faith in the spirit of the American people.