To Look Forward With Unbounded Hope

Born in a two-room cottage, Herbert Hoover could have been any small town boy. Orphaned at age nine, he left West Branch, never to live here again. The landscape and buildings of the early years remain, however, to tell how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity— even the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.

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President Herbert Hoover

Values learned in his hometown of rural West Branch guided Herbert Hoover throughout his life of service to the nation and the world.

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Landscape & Buildings

President Hoover's birthplace and the park's other historic features symbolize American ideals as Herbert Hoover saw them and lived them.

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Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists-in-residence share their inspirations with visitors as they creatively interpret the historic site.

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Field Trips

Kids can visit historic places and learn about Herbert Hoover on a class field trip.

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Presidential Library & Museum

Part of the National Archives, the presidential library allows people to explore the legacy of Herbert Hoover's presidency.

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Mobile App

Use the mobile app on your visit to West Branch, Iowa to discover the places and people that shaped the early life of the 31st President.

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Permits & Reservations

Reserve picnic shelters, book field trips, and apply for special use permits.

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Laws & Policies

Help protect the park by knowing the rules before you visit.

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Be a Junior Ranger

An activity booklet helps kids learn more about Herbert Hoover National Historic Site during their visit.

Last updated: November 30, 2018

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P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


(319) 643-2541

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