Friends Meetinghouse

Two doorways, one on either side, of a broad white wood frame building divides the sexes.
Herbert Hoover's Quaker family worshiped at the Friends Meetinghouse

NPS Photo by John Tobiason

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West Branch, Iowa
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

"All this may not have been in recreation, but it was strong training in patience."

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover grew up in a religious community that valued peace, simplicity, integrity, and service to others. The plainly furnished Friends Meetinghouse, built by the Society of Friends, or Quakers, in 1857, is the physical expression of those values. Now two blocks from its original location, the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation relocated and restored this meetinghouse in 1964.

Last updated: November 8, 2018