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

March 18: A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover

March 18, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: 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. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and is AVAILABLE HERE.

About the Speaker- Annette Dunlap: "When people ask me why I wrote a biography, I tell them it was on my "bucket list." Ever since I was a schoolgirl, I have enjoyed reading about other people's lives, and I determined that one day a book of mine would be in the biography section of the library," Dunlap said.

"The decision to write about Frances Cleveland was made during my years as a marketing professor at a small, liberal arts college in North Carolina. The advertising textbook discussed the advent of mass marketing, and mentioned that a very attractive first lady's image was used, without her permission, to market a wide variety of products."

"That first lady was Frances Folsom Cleveland. I did a little background reading, and learned that she was our nation's youngest first lady, that her wedding took place in the White House, and that there was a 27 year age difference between her and her husband, Grover Cleveland. Such is the stuff of novels, but as is often the case, the facts may be more believable than if an author had used the same characters in a work of fiction."

April 15: Hoover Biographer Dr. George H. Nash

April 15, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Dr. George H. Nash Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon.

About the Speaker: Dr. George H. Nash is an American historian and interpreter of American conservatism. He is a biographer of Herbert Hoover. He is best known for The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, which first appeared in 1976 and has been twice revised and expanded.

June 17: Dr. Steve Coon

June 17, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Dr. Steve Coon Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon.

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.