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

May 20: Iowa's Communal Utopias

May 20, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Peter Hoehnle
The Hoover Presidential Foundation invites you to a free live Zoom webinar with Peter Hoehnle to discuss the different attempts by Iowans to create their own form of utopia. 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.
Advance registration is required for this free event, and available HERE.
About the Speaker: 
Peter Hoehnle is an Amana native who received his graduate degrees from Iowa State University. He has published widely on American communal societies, including volumes on Amana and the Shakers, served as President of the Communal Studies Association and as a past editor of the journal Communal Societies.
 

June 17: Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover and Early Radio Regulation

June 17, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover and Early Radio Regulation 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 will discuss this history and also look at how regulatory decisions made by Herbert Hoover and others still affect today’s industry including social media. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event is available HERE.

About the Speaker: Dr. Steve Coon is a retired university professor, international communications consultant, and former coordinator of Electronic Media Studies (EMS) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University.

Professor Coon has presented communication workshops in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Workshop topics include New Media, Social Media, Writing and Reporting for Radio and Television, Civic Journalism, Election and Political Reporting, Journalism Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and Investigative Reporting.

July 15: Post WWI European Food Relief

July 15, 2021 Time to be announced Zoom Webinar Speaker: Dr. Mary Elisabeth Cox Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon. About the Speaker: Dr. Mary E. Cox received a PhD from the University of Oxford and is a Departmental Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford.  

August 19: The Lafayette Escadrille

August 19, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Darroch Greer Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon. About the Speaker: Darroch Greer is a documentary filmmaker and historical researcher. He's written and produced documentaries on the Civil War, Native America, and popular culture for Discovery, the History Channel, PBS and VH1.
 

September 16: Laura Ingalls Wilder

September 16, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Laura Keyes Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon.

About the Speaker: Laura Keyes is a librarian in Illinois. She enjoys researching literary symbolism and is contracted to write a book on that subject! Since 1999, she has been active in community theater in Illinois and Wisconsin, serving on the Board of Directors for Pec Playhouse Theatre more than once. In her non-existent spare time, she is an avid baker and cat enthusiast!