I enjoyed my visit to the Hoover Museum and Library, which sits about 12 miles east of Iowa City in the small town of West Branch. The Museum isn't even a full mile off of the
The Museum is an impressive collection of Hoover's personal and professional life, and the National Archives' (of which the Museum is a part) temporary exhibit on the Presidents' education was very interesting (though most everything in the exhibit is a reproduction.) The Museum takes the visitor from Hoover's early life through college, engineering, humanitarian efforts and his presidency to his active retirement. A replica of his post-presidency office is a nice touch. I found the layout to be a bit challenging compared to other presidential museums, as there are several middle-of-the-aisle displays to take in.
The grave site of President and Mrs. Hoover sits on a hill west of the Museum, and the Birthplace is to the north. While the Museum, Tomb and Birthplace are interesting and informative, all three are far enough apart on the premises to make driving from site-to-site preferential to walking. Original homes surround the tiny Hoover Birthplace and have been preserved nicely.
My admission to the site was $6, and I highly recommend that you visit. The site provides insight into a man whose unfortunate presidency was just a blemish in an otherwise fascinating, accomplished life.
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