Herbert Hoover Presidential Library/Museum/National Historic Site – West Branch, Iowa
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library/Museum displays tell of the life and careers of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, is located in West Branch, Iowa.
From his humble beginnings in West Branch, Iowa to his election in 1928 as the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover’s illustrious career is based on inexhaustible public service and a passionate commitment to our democratic ideals. His life is a shining example to all Americans that regardless of where you start, the arrival to your final destination is determined by individual dedication to excellence, commitment to service, and achievement of personal potential.
Settled by the Society of Friends, or Quakers, in 1850, West Branch was founded in religious faith, in tolerance and in devotion to individual liberty. The soul’s welfare and mind’s development were its guiding principles. Hospitality was the first law of the family. Honest labor was no stranger. From West Branch, Herbert Hoover took with him the sense of fairness, belief in equal opportunity, faith in humanity and personal integrity that were the hallmarks of his life. He once declared, “Within the soul of America is the freedom of mind and spirit.” Clearly, within the soul of Herbert Hoover lived the character of a small village called West Branch.
The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in West Branch, Iowa, honors a distinguished son of Iowa, citizen of the world, and 31st president of the United States.
Established in 1965, the Site’s foundations were laid years earlier when in 1937 family and friends began restoration of the two-room cottage where Herbert Hoover was born in 1874.
The Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, constructed by the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Foundation entirely with private funds, was dedicated in 1962. Two years later the Library, containing Mr. Hoover’s personal papers and memorabilia, and its grounds were donated by the Foundation to the American people. In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Hoover were buried at the presidential gravesite on a gentle knoll overlooking his birthplace cottage. The restored homes of West Branch circa 1880 and the Friends Meetinghouse where he worshiped as a boy, and a replica of the family blacksmith shop all recall the small midwestern village which gave Herbert Hoover to the nation and world.
The Herbert Hoover Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, and the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, are open daily 9-5.
Location: one-half mile north of Interstate 80 at exit 254. West Branch, Iowa
Hours: 8-5 Monday to Friday
Phone: 319-643-5327 Tollfree: 800-828-0475