The 1929 Christmas Eve White House Fire
Dec. 17, 2020
Learn about the Christmas Eve fire at the Hoover White House that destroyed the newly elected president’s office. Presented by Hoover Presidential Library archivist Craig Wright.
Around the Next Bend in the Road: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nov. 19, 2020
Around the Next Bend in the Road: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is a historical musing set in Lamar, Missouri where Laura mailed off her report of their trip on the way down from De Smet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Misouri back to the De Smet News. She very proudly saved the resulting clipping with a note, “first thing I ever had published.” This program imagines Laura thinking back not only just about this current trip, but over her life as she sits down to write that famous summary of her trip, the diary from which would eventually be published in an edited version as On the Way Home. Presented by Sarah Uthoff.
Charitable Planned Giving Mechanisms
Nov. 10, 2020
This free virtual program outlines how planned giving can benefit you and your loved ones and causes you care about. The program will be presented by Robert Downer of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer.
Heroism & Humanity Behind German Lines
Oct. 15, 2020
Presented by historian and author Jeffrey B. Miller. Miller has written extensively on the WWI Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) and will share his insights into Herbert Hoover’s humanitarian efforts, delivering compelling portraits of young idealists who interrupted their lives to serve the CRB for no pay. To succeed, Hoover and his band knew they had to be on the right side of worldwide public opinion: “Hoover’s understanding of this concept,and of the way the world’s news media worked, would serve him and his cause extremely well from the very beginning,” Miller writes.
A Brief History of Women’s Suffrage, 1840 to 1920
Sept 17, 2020
This year, 2020, marks the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which enfranchised 27 million American women. This program will discuss the history of the suffrage movement, including its controversies, Iowans’ roles, and its impact. Presented by Dr. Karen M. Kedrowski, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.
Celebration of Life and Lives
Sept. 10, 2020
Presented by Allan Hoover III, President Hoover’s great-grandson. Even though this is a celebration of life for Hoover, we are also celebrating the lives of those involved with these great humanitarian efforts as well as those that were saved by them – including tens of thousands of Polish children, members and leaders of the CRB, ARA (and other relief efforts) as well as a story of a man saved by the ARA during/after the Bolshevik Revolution.
An Evening with the Presidents
Aug. 20, 2020
Dr. Laurence Cook presents “An Evening with the Presidents” featuring rare and interesting memorabilia pertaining to each President along with little-known facts and stories about each man and highlighting the friendship between Dr. Cook and President Carter. The Presidents covered in this presentation are: James Buchanan, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Jimmy Carter. The presentation also included a question and answer portion for the audience.
Third Thursday with Dr. Terrence Roberts
July 16, 2020
Terrence James Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1999, he and the other people of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton. On September 4, 1957, Roberts and eight other African American students (known as the Little Rock Nine) made an unsuccessful attempt to enter Little Rock Central High School. Despite the presence of the National Guard, an angry mob of about 400 surrounded the school.
Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor: Declaring Independence
June 18, 2020
Each year, people across the country celebrate their nation’s independence on July 4 even though Congress actually voted for it on July 2! Join us for a look at the real story of the creation of the United States as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Park Ranger Garrett Cloer discusses the critical months leading to the independence vote, the Declaration of Independence, and its impacts and afterlife.
Truman & Hoover: WWII Food Relief
May 21, 2020
Join us for a live online discussion with the Truman Presidential Library director Kurt Graham and Hoover Presidential Library director Thomas Schwartz, along with Truman supervisory archivist Sam Rushay and Hoover supervisory archivist Craig Wright, as they discuss the relationship between the presidents in providing food relief following World War II.
Travels with Dad: Lou’s 1921 Cross-Country Trip
April 16, 2020
Presented by: Craig Wright, Archivist, Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
In September 1921, Lou Henry Hoover began a cross-country trip with her father Charles. Driving a 1919 Cadillac, the trip would take 34 days to wind its way over nearly 4,000 miles as they traveled from San Francisco to Washington, DC with brief stops in Iowa at Boone, Le Grand, Waterloo, Iowa City and West Branch. Supervisory archivist Craig Wright will offer highlights and colorful anecdotes from the trip.