Thursday, July 28, 2016

Herbert Hoover's Birthplace

The Presidential Libraries

West Branch, Iowa, a small town near Iowa City is devoted to Herbert Hoover, our 31st President.  The museum is fascinating, but allow a full day here (There's a Days Inn with a bar in the basement.) because roaming this little gem of a town is lots of fun.  There are antique shops and good restaurants that serve wholesome, delicious and abundant meals.  Walk off the calories with a hike through the entire Herbert Hoover Historic Park.  It will take you by many historic buildings and to his birthplace, a modest two-room cottage.
So many of our presidents have come from humble beginnings.  Hoover's father was a blacksmith and they were devout Quakers.  They died, however, when Hoover was a boy.  He stayed with his grandmother for awhile, but then moved to Oregon to be raised by an uncle.  The rest of his story is history.

Because he lived into old age he was able to see his birthplace become a National Historic Landmark.

"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American Life."

Herbert Hoover:  An idealist.  An optimist.  A misguided Republican. A great humanitarian.


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