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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: +1 319-643-2541
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What a great little town and preserved historical area.

This site gives a great overview of how Hoover grew up, even though he only lived here in his early years. I doubt most know he was an orphan, a "self made man" through his years... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Daniel F
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Winchester, KY, United States
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Winchester, KY, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This site gives a great overview of how Hoover grew up, even though he only lived here in his early years. I doubt most know he was an orphan, a "self made man" through his years at Stanford U before it was "STANFORD", a brilliant engineer who made a fortune from hard work and great ideas, and a true human... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well preserved beautiful small town, there are cottages, work areas, streets that existed when Hoover was a boy. The main town of west branch is adorable too. Not as large as another similar site Colonial Williamsburg, but certainly of the same quality. The fall colors were a beautiful setting for this step back in time.

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so interesting to see and to feel what it was like during President Hoover's time! I was so glad that the original buildings were preserved for generations to view!

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Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

If you are at the museum anyway, it is worth the time to walk through the Historic Site. It gives one a sense of the President Hoover's truly humble beginnings.

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 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.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 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,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

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 October 7, 2016

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 September 29, 2016

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 September 23, 2016

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.

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