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Fireworks and music in the National Park!

We’re happy to announce that Hoover’s Hometown Days will once again feature a fireworks show accompanied by the Eastern Iowa Brass Band!

As the festivities are winding down on Main Street Saturday night, pack up and head to the National Park for the grand finale.  The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will be performing on the Hoover Stage next to the library beginning at 8:30.  Come enjoy some music, and when it’s dark, the fireworks show will begin! One of the best viewing areas also happens to be right near the Hoover library in the park, so it’s the perfect place to finish up the evening.

Chautauqua Tent

The National Park Service and Hoover Presidential Foundation are once again bringing back the Chautauqua Tent!  Located across from the Birthplace Cottage, the tent features fun and educational programming for all ages.

Historical reenactments have been a standard feature of the Hoover’s Hometown Days Chautauqua Tent and this summer will be no exception. We’ll be welcoming back Theodore Roosevelt — as performed by Adam Lindquist! Teddy Roosevelt himself was a huge proponent of not only National Parks, but also the Chautauqua Movement, which he called “the most American thing in America. ” There’s no better venue to check out Adam’s program! Come see him at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 3rd.

Life Celebration featuring Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

The Hoover Presidential Foundation has confirmed Lt. Governor Adam Gregg as the keynote speaker for the Life Celebration at 1pm on Saturday, August 4th.

The event will be held at the Hoover National Historic Site, across from the birthplace cottage, and will feature patriotic music from the group, The Extension Chords, followed by short speeches from Hoover Presidential Library director, Thomas Schwartz and Hoover National Historic Site superintendent, Pete Swisher.  The Lt. Governor will then present the keynote address.

“Adam Gregg was a history major in college,” said Jerry Fleagle, president and CEO of the Foundation. “He and his family really enjoy visiting and taking in all the West Branch history.”

Many members of Hoover family will also be in attendance for the event, including Herbert Hoover’s grandson, Andy Hoover, great grandchildren Leslie Hoover-Lauble, Alex Hoover and Margaret Hoover, along with members of their families. We invite everyone to come by and meet the Hoovers and welcome them back to West Branch!

FREE ADMISSION to the Hoover Library on Saturday 8/4!

Just announced…

As part of the Hoover’s Hometown Days festivities, there will be FREE ADMISSION to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum during operating hours (9-5) on Saturday, 8/4!  Free admission is sponsored by the Hoover Presidential Foundation.

If you haven’t been to the library in a while, or if you’ve been meaning to make it in, Hoover’s Hometown Days will be the perfect time to check it out!  Take a break from the heat and learn about the man himself, Herbert Hoover. 

Chautauqua Tent… Returning this year!

It is noble to teach oneself; it is nobler to teach others – and less trouble. –Mark Twain

The National Park Service and Hoover Presidential Foundation are bringing back the popular Chautauqua Tent for 2018!  Located across from the Birthplace Cottage, the tent features educational programming for all ages.

Abraham Lincoln

We’re happy to welcome back Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln!  Michael has played Lincoln in a variety of capacities, for educational programs and even appearing in videos.  Check out more photos and videos at the With Lincoln website or Facebook!  Abraham Lincoln will be presenting at 11:30 on Saturday.

Mark Twain

This year’s Chautauqua Tent will also feature Mark Twain, presented by Warren Brown.  Warren Brown does a variety of Mark Twain programs for all ages.  Check out more of what he has to offer at his website or Facebook.  Mark Twain will be at the tent at 1:30 on Saturday!

Smith Studio Jazz

Smith Studio Jazz is a 20-piece big band playing jazz classics, lesser-known gems, and songs from other genres of popular music. Whether playing a standard jazz arrangement or an improvisational combo piece, the goal is always to have fun while creating a party atmosphere for the audience.  Suzanne Smith directs, while vocalist and emcee Joe Bauer belts out Sinatra signature melodies, plus jazz and blues favorites. Smith Studio Jazz has performed for four years at the Iowa City Jazz Festival!