On August 8, Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott director of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, was the keynote speaker at the annual Hoover Hometown Days festivities in West Branch, Iowa. He spoke about Herbert Hoover and the founding and history of the Hoover Institution and the connections between Stanford and West Branch. The celebration was hosted by the Hoover Presidential Foundation and held on the front lawn of the Hoover Presidential Library Museum.
The program in honor of Hoover’s birthday began with West Branch High School’s Accafellas singing “America the Beautiful”. Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, emceed the ceremony.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Peter Swisher, superintendent of the Hoover National Historic Site, Tom Schwartz, director of the Hoover Presidential Library Museum, and members of the Hoover family. Birthday cake was served at the end of the program. The event was free and open to the public.
Hoover’s Hometown Days is an annual celebration of Herbert Hoover’s birthday, held in his hometown of West Branch, Iowa. The free family event offers activities for children, concerts, great food, a variety of craft vendors, and other family entertainment, capped by a large fireworks display organized by the City of West Branch.
The Hoover Presidential Foundation is a private nonprofit organization for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. The Foundation fosters the collection, interpretation and preservation of historical resources relating to the life, ideas, values and times of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.