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 17: Herbert Hoover and Christmas

Nov. 17, 2022 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar "Herbert Hoover and Christmas."

Christmas was very important to Herbert Hoover, and he celebrated the holiday many ways during his long life. Join us for a ranger talk about Hoover and Christmas, from the simple holiday celebrations of his Quaker youth to his globetrotting years as a mining engineer in many lands, to his years in the White House and a memorable Christmas Eve fire in 1929. In the last 20 years of his life, Hoover celebrated Christmas with elaborate decorations, gatherings, and gift giving from his suite in the Waldorf Towers. Based on the recollections of family and friends, and Hoover’s own writings, this talk will open a window into the private life of a president and his family, as they celebrated a favorite holiday.

Register for free HERE. About the Speaker: Park Ranger Peter Hoehnle is a National Park Service guide at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and holds a doctorate in history. He enjoys doing historical research and has been widely published on American communal societies, including volumes on Amana and the Shakers.

December 15: Spotlight on the Famous Flour Sacks

Dec. 15, 2022 Noon to 1 p.m. LIVE 6 to 7 p.m. Replay "Spotlight on the Famous Flour Sacks" Please note the new program time. As this program will include a live presentation from The Netherlands, we've adjusted the program to Noon, Central Time. We will replay the recorded program at 6 p.m. that evening for our regular evening audience. Register for free HERE.  Use the same registration link for either presentation. The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum's entire collection of decorated Belgian Relief flour sacks from World War I was subjected to a close examination in June 2022. Annelien van Kempen, visiting researcher from The Netherlands, and Marcus Eckhardt, Hoover Presidential Museum curator, studied every detail and counted 360 items in this unique survey of war-time American and Canadian flour sacks, decorated by Belgian schoolgirls, women and artists, mainly in 1915. They will present what they discovered in their fascinating two-week search in this episode. They share their insights in both the great variety and similarity in sacks, school-projects, flour residues in dresses, patriotic patterns in the embroidery and needlework and delicate lace edges. They’ll reveal the identity of Belgian schoolgirls who painted and embroidered the sacks. Special attention will be given to paintings of emerging -now famous- Belgian artists and exquisite embroideries, including the “Rooster on the Oak Branch” flour sack from Antwerp that was presented in a manifestation of gratitude to Mr. Herbert Hoover in August 1916. Since June, new WWI decorated flour sacks have come into the museum’s collection, showing there are many more waiting to be discovered!