Episode 31: Herbert Hoover and West Branch

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Season 1, Episode 31: Herbert Hoover and West Branch

We are heading across the Mississippi River for the first time to visit the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, in the hills of West Branch, Iowa! Bert was touched from the beginning by hard work and tough times, and more tragedy than any other president as a child.

Learn about how Herbert Hoover the President was shaped by the hardscrabble life he led in West Branch, as well as what happened to his birthplace and site!

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site page.

Information on the Birthplace Cottage from the National Park Service.

The Hoover Birthplace Cottage from the National Park Foundation.

A 1994 video from CSPAN on the site.

From my October 2016 Visit!

From my August 2021 Visit!

The Herbert Hoover Birthplace!
The Hoover Birthplace and site
Grant Wood’s painting of the Hoover Birthplace; Hoover rejected it because Wood included the large house at center in front of Hoover’s humble cottage.
Herbert Hoover Portrait by Elmer Wesley Greene

Herbert Hoover Birthplace: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, Iowa.

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Recommended Reading for Herbert Hoover

Nash, George. The Life of Herbert Hoover: The Engineer 1874-1914.

Smith, Richard Norton. An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover.

Burner, David. Herbert Hoover: A Public Life.

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I'm a Professor of History at Central Arizona College and someone who loves history and travel; my new blog will combine those interests!

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