As part of Hoover’s Hometown Days in West Branch, Iowa, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is proud to host multiple scholars who will present on a series of topics relating to Hoover, World War II, and the Postwar.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and there is no cost to attend. At the conclusion of the three presentations, there will be a panel discussion. Everyone is invited to attend and bring thoughtful questions for the panelists.
Speakers and topics include: – Justus Doenecke, PhD, Emeritus Professor of History from the New College of Florida: “The Hoover Administration and the Manchurian Crisis 1931-1933: Prelude to World War II?” – Sean McMeekin, PhD, Francis Flourney Professor of European History and Culture at Bard University: “Herbert Hoover and World War II Revisionism” – Kevin Y. Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles: “Herbert Hoover in the ‘Long’ Cold War: A Case Study in Strategic Restraint”
Bertrand M. Patenaude, PhD, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, will serve as moderator.
Thank you to C-SPAN, who will cover the event to broadcast the event at a later date
Join us in President Herbert Hoover’s hometown as we wish him a Happy Birthday and celebrate his life and legacy! A number of special activities and events will take place in the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum & Library during Hoover’s Hometown Days.
Enjoy 𝑭𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝑬𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒕 𝑯𝒐𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒖𝒎 & 𝑳𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒚 all day on Saturday, August 5th and learn all about Iowa’s only President! Museum is open 9am-5pm, enjoy free birthday cupcakes from 11-4pm!
𝟏𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦-𝟒:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦 – 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 & 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐫𝐬 within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, south of Heritage Square Park on S. Downey Street.
𝟏𝟏:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦-𝟒:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦: 𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐖𝐚𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐅𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐫𝐮𝐦 Explore a piece of history! Civil War reenactors will be set up west of the Birthplace Cottage within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site to show the different types of uniforms that Union soldiers wore during the American Civil War. They will demonstrate how they wore their equipment and how it evolved during the war. Some tents will also be on display to show how soldiers moved away from larger and more cumbersome accommodations like the Sibley Tent to sleeping under the stars or in a shelter half while on campaign. Expect to see displays of equipment as well as food & mess items. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to ask questions.
𝟏𝟏:𝟑𝟎𝐚𝐦-𝟏𝟐:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦: 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐧𝐢𝐜 Members and guests are invited to gather on the lawn at the C.E. Smith House on Downey Trace, across from the Hoover Birthplace Cottage for a meal and remarks. Free for members and only $10 for guests. RSVP or register guests at hooverpresidentialfoundation.org/events.
𝟏𝟏:𝟑𝟎𝐚𝐦-𝟏𝟐:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦: 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐖𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦𝐬 This historic reenactment presented by Paxton Williams will take place on the Hoover Stage located in Downey Trace.
𝟏𝟐:𝟑𝟎-𝟏:𝟏𝟓𝐩𝐦: 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 Gather on the lawn at the C.E. Smith House on Downey Trace, across from Hoover’s Birthplace Cottage for a Life Celebration featuring former governor of Iowa and ambassador to China, Terry Branstad. Amb. Branstad will speak about Herbert Hoover’s dealings with China, his humanitarian efforts, and how the museum renovation will reflect these stories.
𝟐:𝟎𝟎-𝟓:𝟎𝟎𝐩𝐦: 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐮𝐦: 𝐇𝐨𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫, 𝐖𝐖𝐈𝐈 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐰𝐚𝐫 Join us as three scholars examine and share their research around Hoover, World War II and the Postwar. This event is free to attend. The panel includes Justus Doenecke, Kevin Y. Kim and Sean McMeekin. The moderator is Bertrand M. Patenaude.