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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!
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site page.
Information on the
Birthplace Cottage from the National Park Service.
Hoover Birthplace Cottage from the National Park Foundation.
1994 video from CSPAN on the site. From my October 2016 Visit!
Little Bert West Branch street The Birthplace Cottage The bed where Herbert was born Walking through the two-room cottage Marker at Hoover’s Birthplace View from the back towards his gravesite (the flag just between the trees in the far distance) From my August 2021 Visit!
The Herbert Hoover Birthplace!
At the Herbert Hoover Birthplace! Heading in! Main living space (with large bed) but also kitchen/dining room/living room) Bedroom (and room where Herbert was born) View out the back (including view of Herbert’s gravesite in the clearing at center) Main street of West Branch Jesse’s barn and business The stone and marker that was once in front of the Hoover birthplace Hoover birthplace!
Historic Images of the Hoover Birthplace, including when it was attached to the two-story frame house.
Birthplace of Herbert Hoover etching The home when it was opened for tours
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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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.