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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: 319-643-2541

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Great visit to birthplace of Hoover

We had decided to go to the presidential library and discovered that it sits on an historic site overseen by the National Park Service. The short film in the visitor center is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Pam M
Spanish Fort, Alabama
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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had decided to go to the presidential library and discovered that it sits on an historic site overseen by the National Park Service. The short film in the visitor center is worth seeing. Park Rangers are available to answer questions. You can see the home, church, school & blacksmith shop in about an hour.

Thank Pam M
Litchfield Park, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone knows about Hoovervilles but this man was also responsible for UNICEF. A humanitarian throughout his life. Can't see many present day politicians coming from such humble beginnings,

Thank RepUSA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learned a lot about President Hoover's early life and experiences. I never realized how important his religion was to him. It was refreshing to learn about a president that genuinely cared about people, especially after his difficult childhood.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited four other presidential libraries/museums and this was as good as the others. We never knew much about Hoover, so it was a very educational visit. He was obviously a fabulously successful businessman and his willingness to help others is remarkable. He may be more revered in Europe than here, which is unfortunate. In light of the current... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy access just off Interstate 80 and worth the stop. Very cordial staff at the visitor center. Free parking. Short movie on Herbert Hoover's life and small exhibit of artifacts. But the best exhibits are in the historical community outside including his childhood home (small), blacksmith shop, church, and other neighborhood buildings. Historical park is adjacent to the Herbert Hoover... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very impressed by the historical presentation of Hoover's life and accomplishments. I learned of his incredible humanitarian efforts thanks to the amazing exhibits. Well worth the interest fee.

Thank Frances G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here as part of a little Find Your Park road trip we were doing, and this turned out to be such a quaint little spot. Although we didn't do the adjacent museum/library, the site itself was free, and we were able to check out the childhood cottage and surrounding buildings as well. They've restored the town so it... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent time seeing the exhibits and film at the Natl Park Service museum/store. We also walked the grounds to see boyhood home of Herbert Hoover and his Father's blacksmith shop. This is a small, interresting village. There is also his Presidential Library a couple of blocks away and he and his wife's gravesites on a nearby hill.

Thank Craig G
Bellevue, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

beautiful settings, great for a walk about. the black smith shop is a working shop, the smith is a true craftsman and very knowledgable about the park and its history.

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East Greenville, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Beautiful park and learned so much. Orphaned early but never forgot where he came from. Nice walkable town.

Thank sher

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