Third Thursdays

Join us for our Third Thursday Program

On the third Thursday of each month, the Hoover Presidential Foundation and the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum will present a special evening program with speaker reception, free to the public! The receptions begin at 5:30 p.m. and guests will enjoy light appetizers and a choice of beverages. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and usually lasts one hour. Topics vary by speaker and all are family-friendly!

Program Schedule

November 19: Around the Next Bend in the Road: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sarah Uthoff 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Sarah Uthoff Join Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1894 right before she arrives in Mansfield as she sits behind her writing desk. She is thinking back over her life and composing the very first article she ever wrote. The program 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. Registration is now open. REGISTER HERE.

January 21: The Origins of the Presidential Cabinet

6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: 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. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event. Watch this page for details. About the Speaker: Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is an expert in the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. Currently, she is serving as Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, and completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, which was published by Harvard University Press on April 7, 2020. When she’s not writing, researching, or speaking about history, she loves to hike with her husband and her dog, John Quincy Dog Adams.