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

December 17: The 1929 Christmas Eve White House Fire

6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Craig Wright, Archivist, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum Smoke was noticed by a White House telephone operator who sounded the alarm.  The fire was thought to be contained when the first engines arrived.  But flames suddenly appeared in areas outside of the fire zone.  In the end, it became a four-alarm fire with dozens of engines and ladder companies working to extinguish the inferno.  Although most of President Hoover’s important papers were saved, the Executive offices were destroyed.  A number of miscellaneous documents littered the White House lawn in the aftermath. Despite the commotion, Mrs. Hoover continued a party for the children of their good friends in the main portion of the White House which was unaffected by the fire. 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. REGISTER HERE.

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.

February 18: Lincoln and Race

February 18, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Dr. Lucas Morel Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon.

About the Speaker: Dr.  is the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University. Prof. Morel also teaches in the Master’s Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio, summer programs for the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and high school teacher workshops sponsored by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the John M. Ashbrook Center, the Jack Miller Center, and the Liberty Fund.

Prof. Morel is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government and editor of Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages. He is also editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” and co-editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century. He recently published a book entitled Lincoln and the American Founding (2020). He is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a consultant on the Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War, was a member of the scholarly board of advisors for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and a member of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the founding of the United States of America.

March 18: Historian Annette Dunlap

March 19, 2021 6 to 7 p.m. Zoom Webinar Speaker: Annette Dunlap Watch this space for details to come. Advance registration is required for this FREE virtual event and will open soon.

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.

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.