A Tale of Two Famines
November 18, 2021
“A Tale of two Famines” explores the role Herbert Hoover played during the Russian famines of 1921 to 23 and 1932 to 33 from the perspective of the speaker’s grandparents who experienced it and were fed by Hoover. Presented by Robert Zapesochny
Hoover’s Last Trip Home
October 21, 2021
Take a look back 57 years to Oct. 25, 1964 when Herbert Hoover returned to West Branch to be buried on a hill overlooking his childhood home. Archival videos and audio clips will supplement the story. About the Speaker: Lynn Smith is the Audio-Visual Archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.
The Life of Jesse Hoover
September 16, 2021
Jesse was an inventive and talented young entrepreneur, a self-taught blacksmith, inventor, pump manufacturer, community leader, pioneer West Branch businessman, and husband…as well as the father of the thirty-first President of the United States. This is his story.
The Lafayette Escadrille
August 19, 2021
A century ago 38 Americans from every walk of life volunteered to fly in the First World War. It was their own idea—to fight in the skies to aid our oldest ally, France, long before the United States entered the war. They were willing to pay the ultimate price. They helped move their reluctant nation to ultimately join the Allies and enter the fight. They were the Lafayette Escadrille. We’ll hear from the film’s directors, Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw.
Nutritional Inequality in Vienna: 1919 to 1922
July 15, 2021
This presentation explores the impact that reduced food supplies due the First World War and Franco-British blockade had on the health of civilians in Vienna, as well as the nutritional impact on the city once the blockade was lifted and international food aid arrived. Philanthropic donations played a huge role in alleviating children’s suffering and reducing nutritional inequality.
About the Speaker: Dr. Mary E. Cox received a PhD from the University of Oxford and is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Central European University in Austria. She will be making this presentation live from Vienna, Austria.
Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover and Early Radio Regulation
June 17, 2021
Radio as we know it today emerged at the dawn of the 20th Century–first popular with amateur operators then becoming commercially viable in the 1920s.
Growth was so rapid that some control was necessary to make room on limited spectrum as radio enthusiasts were going “on the air” on any frequency, at any time and with any power.
Professor Stephen Coon discusses this history and also look at how regulatory decisions made by Herbert Hoover and others still affect today’s industry including social media.
Iowa’s Communal Utopias
May 20, 2021
Featuring the Iowa Pioneer Phalanx, Salburia, the Amana Colonies, the Icarian Communities, the Clydesdale Colony, Communia and many more, this talk will provide some details about specific communal groups, and a general overview of different communal movements in American history and how they influenced community builders on the Iowa frontier, and beyond. Presented by Hoover National Historic Site ranger Peter Hoehnle.
Shaping A Presidential Image: The Curious Case of Herbert Hoover
April 15, 2021
Every American President becomes a subject of mythology, both positive and negative. Dr. Nash’s lecture will explore how President Hoover’s reputation was affected by this process, in ways that confounded his contemporaries and obscured his place in history for many years. Presented by Hoover historian and biographer, Dr. George H. Nash.
Lou Henry Hoover: A Life of Adventure
March 29, 2021
Join us for a special event in honor of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover’s birthday, March 29 at noon CDT. Leslie Hoover-Lauble, President Hoover’s great-granddaughter, and Hoover Library Archives Technician Spencer Howard will share stories and photos illustrating the amazing life of Lou Henry Hoover from an independent girl, to scientist and world traveler, to First Lady.
A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover
March 18, 2021
Presented by author and historian, Annette Dunlap. In World War I, Lou Henry Hoover helped start a hospital for wounded British soldiers. She was instrumental in establishing sewing factories to employ women whose men had gone off to war. In the early 1920s, she oversaw the nearly exponential growth of the Girl Scouts. As the nation’s first lady, Lou worked privately to find employment opportunities for individuals and hurting communities, while at the same time raising Americans’ awareness of the historical value of the White House and the importance of the arts. In her post-White House years, Lou continued to use her organizational and philanthropic skills to create new educational opportunities for students and cultural opportunities for her beloved Stanford community. Come learn about about the achievements of a first lady whose legacy has been largely forgotten, but whose impact can still be felt today.
Re-imagining the Future: The Hoover Presidential Library & Museum
March 3, 2021
Herbert Hoover’s great-grandson, Allan, discusses future plans for the Presidential Library and Museum. It was originally dedicated in 1962. The Library & Museum has been expanded three times since then – the last in 1992 when Ronald Reagan came and rededicated the Library & Museum. It is still the smallest (by far) of the 13 NARA Presidential Libraries and Museums. But as Herbert Hoover said, if his library is anything like the federal government, it will grow larger over time. It did grow during its first 30 years of existence. In 1992 the library was transformed and visitation reached record levels. Many Iowans and Americans learned and were inspired by the Hoover story in a modern way. Since then, the methods for presenting a captivating, immersive visitor experience have changed dramatically.
Behind the Scenes: Firing Line with Margaret Hoover
Feb. 25, 2021
Join Margaret Hoover, host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, for an insiders perspective at this unique program of guests that engage in a contest of ideas about important issues confronting our nation. Margaret will be joined by Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, who is also a member of the Hoover Presidential Foundation board of directors. Gregg will act as host and moderator for the program.
Lincoln, Race, and the Challenge of Self-Government
Feb. 18, 2021
Presented by Dr. Lucas Morel. This program will examine Lincoln’s statesmanship in the context of longstanding and widespread racial bigotry against black Americans. It will explore how Lincoln attempted to inform public opinion regarding the natural rights of black Americans by reclaiming the central idea of the American regime—namely, human equality. Lincoln’s efforts to re-establish equality as the lodestar of the nation’s political practice will be contrasted with the policy of “popular sovereignty” as it was promoted by his long-time rival Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, the leading Democrat and therefore the leading American politician of the 1850s.
The Origins of the Presidential Cabinet
Jan. 21, 2021
Presented by Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky. The cabinet isn’t in the Constitution, but every president since George Washington has worked with a cabinet. So where did it come from? Join Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky to learn about the origins of the president’s cabinet, how Washington drew on his leadership practices from the Revolutionary War to shape this institution, and the important and often-overlooked legacy he left for his successors. Chervinsky will also explore some of the best and worst cabinets in American history, share how the institution has evolved over time, and why the cabinet still matters today.
The President’s First 100 Days
Jan. 21, 2021
Presented by Margaret Hoover, President Hoover’s great-granddaughter. Prepared exclusively for members of the Hoover Presidential Foundation, this program is our way to thank foundation members for staying the course during the struggles faced last year. To thank you for your support we’re inviting you to a special virtual program featuring Margaret Hoover, exclusively for Foundation members and donors, called, The President’s First 100 Days. Margaret will discuss the history behind the first 100 days and transition period for President Hoover and what we can expect this year. Joining Margaret will be senior political analyst and anchor at CNN, John Avlon, and Hoover biographer and historian, Dr. George H. Nash.