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Contact: Adam Prato, (319)643-7855
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., living history interpreters will demonstrate crafts, games, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch. Games and home crafts demonstrations by costumed volunteers take place near the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage. Visit the 1853 West Branch Schoolhouse for historic school teaching activities. Park ranger Chuck Ping will demonstrate the art and craft of blacksmithing in the Blacksmith Shop.
Presentations in the auditorium of the Presidential Library and Museum will begin at 1:30 p.m. with patriotic music from the Marengo Civil War Band followed by a single dramatic performance of “President Lincoln” by Lance Mack. The entire program will last a little over an hour. The band will take the stage a second time at 3:00 p.m. while President Lincoln is meeting with visitors and posing for photographs. Admission to the National Historic Site, the two band concerts and the single Lincoln presentation are free. Regular admissions fees will be in effect for the exhibits at the Presidential Library and Museum.
For more information, please call Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at (319) 643-2541 or the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum at (319) 643-5301. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.