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Have a Great Field Trip!

by on April 8, 2010

Join us at the Hoover Presidential Library for a day full of history and fun. Students get a glimpse of West Branch, Iowa, in the 1870s. They are transported to a mining camp in the Australian Outback; travel to Tiensin, China, during the Boxer Rebellion; experience a Belgium warehouse; and attend President Hoover’s inauguration on March 4, 1929. All of this is brought to life through documents, films, and artifacts at the Hoover Presidential Library. Look, listen, question, discuss, and enjoy. See you soon! Click here for student activities to do before visiting the Hoover Presidential Library.

Field Trip to the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum

Field Trip to the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum


Pat April 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

It’s going to be a GREAT SPRING at the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum!!
I should know because we have scheduled over 5,000 students and teachers to come and the telephone is still ringing.

Kathy April 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Let the tour season begin! I had a great group of students this morning, students who traveled over 2 hours to get here! They were very well behaved and attentive. On days like this I am reminded of why I love to give tours in the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

Mary April 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Twin Cedars Elementary from Bussey, IA were the first field trips of the season. What great 5th graders! They were studying patriotic music in school and thought a trip to the Hoover Museum would be great!

Nancy, Hoover Library Docent April 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

The children were delightful! They were 5th graders from Hoover Elementary in Iowa City.

Kathy April 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Friday, April 16 – I toured the Hoover Galleries with a great group of 4th grade students from Mary Welsh Elementary today. One of the teachers said her students really learned a lot during our tour. The students were visibly moved when we talked about the people starving in Belgium during World War I.

Phyllis, Hoover Library Docent April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

Kenwood 4th graders – a well supervised group – All were “starving” until they heard about famine bread! I think they learned what real hunger is and Hoover’s importance in this area.

Kathy April 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

The 3rd grade students from Butterworth Elementary on Monday were so well prepared! One student even noticed the flour sack pillow on the couch in the Waldorf apartment.
They were also the first school group to go through the attic exhibit. When I pointed out the George Washington autograph there were several “wows” and they thought the Paracus Mantle looked new, not 2000 years old. One student asked if any members of Herbert Hoover’s family are still alive, so I told them about several of Hoover’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Here is a question from one of the chaperones: Did Bewick Moreing pay the cost of moving Bert and Lou to China? She thought it must have been very expensive.

Kathy April 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I truly enjoyed my time today with 5th grade students from Riverdale Elementary in Port Byron, Illinois. One of the students commented about the beautiful colors and stitching on the flour sacks in the Beligan Warehouse, adding it showed him that the Hoover Museum had done a good job preserving these fragile items. The group really enjoyed our trip through Hoover’s Attic. They thought it was neat to see Hoover’s high chair and cradle, they liked seeing his fishing pole, and they were very interested in the clothing. They were well-behaved, well-prepared and showed a lot of interest in all we discussed.

Mary April 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

That’s a good question and we don’t know the answer — “Did Bewick, Moreing and Company pay for the cost of moving Bert and Lou to China?” The Hoover Library’s guess is, “No!” We do know that their honeymoon voyage across the Pacific on the steamship Coptic took nearly a month.

Nancy, Hoover Library Docent April 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

A delightful class of about 15 children from Isaac Newton Christian School. They were very interested in the exhibits and wanted to learn more about Camp Rapidan, but we ran out of time.

Mary Evans April 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Camp Rapidan was where President and Mrs. Hoover went to relax, fish and work because a president’s job is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
President Hoover received an unexpected gift for his 55th birthday while spending the weekend at Camp Rapidan. A young Mountain boy named Ray Buraker presented the president with a baby possum!

Bill, Hoover Library Docent April 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Great group of Cal-Wheatland students! I was particularly impressed by the understanding by one of the students who explained the significance of the Berlin Wall.

Mary Evans April 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The Hoover Presidential Library has an 8 foot piece of the Berlin Wall on display inside the museum. Students are surprised at what the wall looks like, it is very colorful. The west side is covered with grafetti and art work and the east side was gray. We invite you to come and see for yourself.

Bill, Hoover Library Docent April 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Wapello 4th grade was a very attentive group. Their understanding of Mr. Hoover’s life and times progressed to an ability to follow some complex factors leading to the Great Depression. I hope to challenge the students each time. These students met the challenge.

Pam, gift shop manager at Hoover Library April 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

The schools in the gift shop today were exceptional!!! We look forward to these students visiting again next year! I applaud the teachers — they truly were excellent examples and leaders for their kids!

Mrs. B April 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

My fourth grade class really enjoyed their field trip to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on Monday April 9, 2010. The exhibits were all very interesting. The children were quite impressed with the fact that Hoover was a geologist before becoming president!
Our tour guides were well prepared and spoke to the children on their level. Thank you to all for a very positive educational experience!

Kathy April 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Late arrival cut into our tour time, but these 3rd graders from Garfield Elementary in Davenport did a fine job of paying attention as we went through the galleries more quickly than usual. They were especially interested in the “Hoover Lunch” story in the Belgian Warehouse, and it was obvious they had talked in their classroom about the stock market crash and depression.
The students really enjoyed the attic exhibit! One student asked if Herbert Hoover liked elephants because he saw a lot of them in the exhibit. The teacher and adults were surprised to hear that Margaret is Hoover’s great-granddaughter. Some have seen her on television, and the others will watch for her in the future.

Mary Evans April 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I have the Presidential Troupe standing around me in my office. We are on our way to Garfield Elementary in Davenport, IA. Dr. Bill says that he’s pleased that we are reaching the students because sometimes there isn’t enough time to have a give and take session.

Gaylen, Docent at Hoover Library April 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

One student was quite interested in the use of typewriters (shown in the Waldorf Astoria & temporary exhibit.) The students have never experienced the use of typewriters, born only 10 years ago, which always kind of sets me back. This might be something like my grandparents felt when I couldn’t imagine life before automobiles.

Kathy April 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

WACO 3rd graders were a wonderful group this morning! They noticed the old camera in the London area and we talked about it and Lou’s scrapbooks. They wanted to know if the scrapbook in the exhibit was really Lou’s. We talked about originals and copies, and the storage areas we have at the Hoover Museum to keep original items safe and in good condition.

Bill Pontarelli, Docent April 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Very attentive group from Vinton-Shellsburg 5th graders group B. Two students shared reports on Mr Hoovers life and times.A young man especially liked his famine relief efforts-my favorite as well. A young lady mentioned the Hoover Dam, especially the huge turbines that created electricity- another favorite of mine. I have further info on the Aztec wall hanging. It was a burial cloth found in 1927 which explains its good state of preservation. Afterwords the Hoovers kept it in an intricately carved box which was part of the gift.

Kathy April 29, 2010 at 10:21 am

I really enjoyed my time this morning with 5th grade students from Vinton-Shellsburg. The students thought “Faithfull Cow” was a funny name for a plane, and liked seeing the picture of it in the attic exhibit.
When the teacher thanked me for the tour he said he learned things today that he had not heard on previous visits.

Kathy April 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I spent an hour this morning with a great group of 5th grade students from Springville. In the attic exhibit we looked at the books signed by George Washington. One student asked how much they are worth and how expensive it would be to fix one if it got damaged. I told him that we do not always put a dollar value on things in our collection, and that we work very hard to protect items and be sure they do not get damaged. Another student then commented that sometimes things have a sentimental value not just a dollar value.

Will Edwards April 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

the black smith was cool

Will Edwards April 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I am from Vinton Shellsburg elementary

Sami Mancinas April 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I thought the Hoover museum was AWESOME!!!!!!well, I gotta go. piece out G scout!

Tim April 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

I had a great time on my field trip to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library!

MAtthew F. April 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

That place was AWESOME!!! I really liked that black smith shop, did you know you can really buy stuff there? The movie was cool because of the large theater for a library/museum. :D

Kaela H April 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I had a great time at the Herbert Hoover Historical site. I liked going to the blacksmith shop and seeing what Jesse would have done. I also liked seeing Hulda’s sewing machine. How different it is from today’s kind. I also liked visiting the Hoover house. Its amazing how many people can fit in such a tiny house. I also liked visiting his school! :D :D :D :D :D

MAtthew F. April 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Kaela H April 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I liked ALL of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaela H April 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I liked ALL of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

MAtthew F. April 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I highly recomended going there :D :D :D :D :D

Clayton S. April 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm

The field trip was amazing! I had an awesome time
there. although it was a long walk it was worth it!!!
One thing i thought was interesting was the school
and how old it was and how Lou collected guns that is cool for a girl in the 1700’s .The black smith
was so cool and how Jessie was so cool because he owned the black smith!! The grave sight is sad but also very cool because there lie our president in front of us was a great honor just to stand there and worship him for what he
did to save the countries of the world and starving children!! What our president did for us changed the world and the way people feel. Enough character to give his career up to save the hungry children of the world!! it was a great honor to be there thank you for having us
:) B)

colton April 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

:) :) :)

colton hessenius April 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm

i want to go back so bad. so so bad

Jade April 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm

The field trip was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it!

Caitlyn April 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm

The long bus ride to the museum was well worth it! I loved the exhibits and I thought that the numerous displays were awesome. The guide who showed us through the museum kind of talked to us like we were preschoolers. She was very, very explanatory. I wish would have had more time to take pictures. I will definetly go there again with my family. I reccomend going to the old blacksmith shop, because it was very interesting to see how a blacksmith makes tools. I wish we would have got to do more with the blacksmith shop. Overall the museum was awesome!

Lindsey April 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I had a lot of fun! My favorite part was the blacksmith shop. The museum was pretty cool too. I never really thought about Herbert Hoover before. A little while ago I relized that history/social studies is really awesome! It’s now my fav. subject.

Chase D. April 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

All the walking was hard but it was defintly worth it. I thought it was so fun. I think it was very very very very cool field trip ever. The coolest thing I thought was that Lou collected guns. I also thought that the medal Hover dam. I just now noticed that the Hover Dam is after Herbert Hover

Tyler April 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

On Wednesday we went to the Herbert Hoover Museum and Ihave to tell you it was awesome. We got to see were Jesse Hoover worked.It was awesome This random guy showed us what Jesse did. I didn’t think the house could fit us all. The school house was also really small. When Herbert went to the meeting house he had to sit quiet for about two hours I could never do that. I liked how Lou Henry Collected guns that was cool. What I learned was that Herbert loved to fish.

Will April 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

It was fun I thought it was interesting especially how Herbert and his family of 5 could live in such a small house. the black smith is cool because how u could change the shape of the iron just by heating it in the fire. the meeting house was cool and how the men and women had to split up. :) Thanks for having us.

Chase D. April 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

IT WAS AWSOME :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Kayla April 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My favorite part was the blacksmith because we got to see them bend the metal, and pump the fire. It was awesome!! I think I’ll go back again. I think learning about President Hoover (31st President) was great. I think it would be fun going to the school house, and working or watching people blacksmith.

Clayton April 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I disliked the rude behavior of the guides. The guide I reicieved was rude, firm, liked to spit, and treated me kind of like I was dumb! I think they should fire her. I still loved the musuem for what it is and the rest of the service was marvelous!

Kathy May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

It was a pleasure to give a tour to Frances Marion 4th grade on April 22. The group was very knowledgeable, interested and well prepared!

Kathy May 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I enjoyed the group, Learning in Retirement, from Jefferson City, Missouri today. Many shared a comment by one: “There’s so much more to Mr. Hoover’s life than being president during the Depression! I didn’t realize that!” Another woman shared that she remembers being in first grade in 1930 when Hoover was president. She was in a one-room schoolhouse and, on the wall, there were pictures of 2 presidents, Lincoln and Washington.
This question was asked: Was Iowa one of the first to ratify the amendment to allow women to vote, since there were women in Iowa who were leaders in the movement (Carrie Chapman Catt)? That made me wonder how Lou felt about the Amendment and if she worked or spoke out for women’s rights.
The group was so appreciative and it was a pleasure to meet and learn from them, too!

Kathy May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

At the end of the museum tour, one of the 4th grade students today from Nixon Elementary in Hiawatha told me he thought this field trip was going to be boring, but it wasn’t – it was really fun and interesting!

Mary Evans May 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Wyoming became the first state with women suffrage. I talked with the director about how Lou Henry Hoover might have felt about the 19th Amendment and if she had worked for women’s rights. We agreed that Lou would have you judge her by her actions. “Lou lived with one foot in the Victorian past and one foot in the modern future. She had an unusual life since she participated in unconventional activities for women from the moment of her birth. Her outdoor activities, her majoring in science at Stanford University, her writing and travel, her role as First Lady, President of the Girl Scouts, and President of the Women’s Division of the National Amateur Federation allowed Lou to play a role and enjoy a status that few women did.” This quote was from “Lou Henry Hoover: The Independent Girl, A Curriculum Guide” written by Alice Kurtz.

Jayden, Frances Marion Intermediate May 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Dear Herbert Hoover Library,
My name is Jayden. Thank you for letting us be at the Herbert Hoover Museum and I liked the blacksmith, the auditorium and the grave site. I got a question. Why didn’t Herbert Hoover want money?

Mary Evans May 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Dear Jayden,
Herbert Hoover had made so much money in this lifetime that he could be generous towards others. He gave his presidential salary away and so did President John F. Kennedy.

Kiah, Frances Marion Intermediate May 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Dear Herbert Hoover Library,
My favorite part was when we got to go to the blacksmith’s shop and see Chuck work. When we got to go to his house and see where he was born gave me the chills cause it felt like it took you back in time. When we went to the meeting house and we had to sit in silence for a minute it was too easy for me but it was harder for the boys. When we went to the school house it kind a freaked me out because I could kind of picture the kids sitting there listening to the teacher. When the Ranger gave us the tour of the places my legs hurt a lot from walking the whole time we were there.

I really enjoyed the museum and thank you for letting us go to the gift shop for a while so thank you and I might see you in July.

Caleb, Frances Marion Intermediate May 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Dear Herbert Hoover Library,
I loved the whole entire thing. I really liked the blacksmith and the museum. I loved learning even more about Herbert Hoover. At the silent meeting in the meeting house I don’t think I could last the whole meeting. I was surprised about how little Herbert’s house was. I was also surprised how far you would have to walk to school if you lived in the country. It’s just really cool to have a president from Iowa. I felt weird when we were at the grave site looking over Herbert’s house. Thank You!

Dylan, Frances Marion Intermediate May 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Dear Personnel of the Hoover Museum,
Thank you for letting us see the school house. It was very cool. I liked the movie the most. The blacksmith shop was neat. It would hurt if I stepped on a hot piece of metal, ouch!
I learned a lot,

Katie, Frances Marion Intermediate May 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Dear Herbert Hoover Library,
My name is Katie. My favorite part of the Library was when we got to see the blacksmith shop. We also got to see the real blacksmith guy. Some other class got to see him, too. The meeting house was fun when the tour guide had us sit in silence for 15 seconds. The grave site was amazing, but it was also neat how the stones were made of marble.
Thank you for letting us come!

Nancy, Docent for Hoover Library May 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This group of fifth graders were well-behaved and were interested in what was in the flour sacks, whether the cookies and water are real, and what they were made of since they weren’t real. One student had done a report on FDR and could tell us all about him.

Elizabeth, Docent at Hoover Library May 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

The students were well-prepared and very observant. They particularly enjoyed the “Roaring Twenties” section.

Nancy, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

This group of fifth graders was a wonderful group of children. They were interested in how the first TV worked. I couldn’t tell them that! There were quite a few who liked to fish and they asked about Herbert Hoover fly fishing. Some had tried it and said it was very difficult. They also asked where the things in the museum came from and whether or not the traffic signal in the Secretary of Commerce exhibit ever changed color. I found this a perfect time to talk about the museum itself and how it stated.
Nancy, Docent

John, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

4th graders from Dubuque. These were a good group of students. I enjoyed being with them.
John, Docent

Dick, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

Cornerstone Christian School from Wilton. Very enthusiastic group. Lou Henry Hoover’s clothes seemed to be a hit with the girls. Lots of interest in Australia and Chinese areas.
Dick, Docent

Dick, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

Eldridge–Outstanding group. Very attentive and asked lots of good questions. Good manners!
Dick, Docent for Hoover Library

Lauren, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

When touring school children through the Library, my favorite place to have fun with the students is at the warehouse in the Belgian Relief corner.
I tell them that he helped raise money to buy wheat, flour, corn, beans, rice and other bulk goods to help feed the Belgians. I then, look like I am straining myself to pick up one of the ’98 pound’ flour sacks. I ask for help from a student. As soon as that student comes forward, I back off and the student has the Styrofoam bag. They all laugh. I talk about using the flour to bake bread at school and that the students could take it home as their meal for the day. I point out that if they were school children at that time in Belgian, this would have happened to them.

We then move to the case with the “famine bread” and I ask them if they know what it was made of. After several guesses, I reveal the fact that is was composed of clay, water and manure. That always brings out the predictable OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I tell them then, if you were starving to death, that would have been OK, but think how good that white bread from school tasted.

This corner of the Library and its relevance is one the students can relate to.
Lauren, Docent at Hoover

Bill Pontarelli, Docent May 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I enjoyed guiding the visit of Cleveland Elementary 4th grade. I especially enjoyed the interest shown by your group. Mr. Hoover lived so long ago, I don’t expect students to know the answers. I love to see them try. It shows a lot of interest, curiosity, and courage. Thanks very much. Bill, docent for Hoover Library

Students from Twin Cedar Elementary May 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

Thank you for letting us go to the Herbert Hoover Museum. I really liked the little house and the Blacksmith house. Thank you very much.

Thank you for letting us go to the Herbert Hoover Museum. The thing I liked was the Museum because it was cool. Kortney

Thank U, for us to come to the Herbert Hoover Museum. The thing I liked the most was the China vases. Jensen

Thank U very much!

Students from Twin Cedar Elementary May 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

I liked the way you used to cut hair for pictures. Thank you Cheyannel. I liked when the blacksmith curled one end of the metal. Thank you for the tour. Brooke

I liked the meeting house and how they use it. Thank you Jake.

I liked the fishing sculpture. Thank you Austin.

Teacher from Twin Cedar Elementary May 17, 2010 at 9:36 am

To the Hoover Presidential Library. Thank-you for giving us a tour of the Library/Museum, the grounds and the buildings. This is a very beautiful facility with so much history! This is a good place to bring a group of 5th graders for a field trip. Our guide did a great job of keeping my group involved and interested. I hope to bring more students here in the future.
Thanks again

Kathleen, Docent at Hoover Library May 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

The group from fifth grade at Monticello liked the “Quote Game” even though I only took time to read one question. I think this shows their interest in interactive exhibits.
Kathleen, Docent at the Hoover

Dick, Docent at Hoover Library May 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Excellent class. Everyone paid attention and asked lots of good questions. I hope they will come back again soon.
Dick, Docent

Dylan, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Thank you for the tour. I had a great time at West Branch. My favorite part was when we watched the movie. It was like being in a theater! And I also liked the house. It was really tiny. Anyway, thanks again for letting us visit. We’ll be back soon, or at least I will! Bye.

Justice, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum,
I enjoyed the visit to the Herbert Hoover Museum. The part I enjoyed most was the walk. I got to see Bert’s grave.
If I had to live like that, I would feel bad because Bert’s dad died when he was six. When Herbert was ten his mom died and Bert moved to Oregon. But being Pres would be cool!

Bryonna, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum,
I LOVED coming to the museum. I did not know the birth place was only a 2 room house. I liked the walk up to the grave site of Herbert and Lou. I did not know that she died 20 years before Herbert.
Thanks you for having us come.
Love Bryonna

Lindsey, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum,
Hello again I’m Lindsey one of the Kenwood students and I’m writing this to thank you.

I loved having Adam and Phyllis being our tour guides. Adam was the best tour guide. I loved that he showed us the horse shoe. I thought that was very nice.

And Phyllis was the best and my favorite exhibit was, well; all of it! So again thank you.
Love, Lindsey

Samantha, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum
and Presidential Library,

Thank you so much! It was awesome learning about Herbert Hoover! I had no idea that he was from Iowa! I didn’t even know any presidents were from Iowa! I thought Adam did a good job of showing us around.

Hoover’s school is cramped compared to our HUGE, two-story school! His house is also small! It must’ve been hard to sleep in a small room with 4 other people! (No wonder they moved!) But the porch was really nice.

Looking at his dad’s Blacksmith Shop, I could tell Jesse was probably a talented blacksmith! It’s too bad he died when Hoover was 6, then his mother died when he was 9. That’s sad, very sad.

I had fun going to the Presidential Library with Phyllis. She did a very good job explaining the different objects that occurred in Hoover’s life. I found it hilarious that Hoover bought a tweed suit, top hat, and grew a mustache just to get a job! After all mining is a dangerous job!

I had a really great time! It was fun to learn about our local President! It’s nice to know he spent most of his life saving the poor, hungry people of the world! He saved the life of millions!



P.S. I’m thinking of bringing my cousins here this summer!

Ryan, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:20 am

Thank you Herbert Hoover Museum for letting us go to the museum for our field trip. I learned that Herbert Hoover lived in a small house with five people. It has only two rooms. Herbert Hoover’s dad was a blacksmith. Thank you for letting us go to the museum.
Sincere, Ryan

4th grade teachers, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thank you so much for allowing Kenwood elementary to come tour your Museum. All of the students learned a great deal.

The tour guides were very knowledgeable and were able to answer questions in a way that the students could understand. The day was very well organized and flowed in a very timely manner.

Thank you again for having us. We look forward to coming next year.

Mrs. Glenda Moleski
Mr. Ray Feuss

4th grade teachers at Kenwood Elementary

Alyssa, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

Thank you so much for being our guides! I learned a lot of things I didn’t know.

My favorite exhibit with Phyllis was the wedding dresses. They were beautiful! I loved how Lou’s and Herbert’s great-great-granddaughters dresses were next to each other.

Then with Adam, I liked the little school house. It was so small and cute! Too bad we don’t have classrooms like that anymore. That would be awesome!

Well thanks again!



Makaylee, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum,
Thank you so much for letting us come to the Herbert Hoover Museum. I had a lot of fun. I also learned a lot. I learned that Hoover’s mom was a Quaker, and his dad was a blacksmith. I also learned that they did not call a church a church, they called it a Meeting House. That was what I learned.
My favorite part about the field trip was seeing where Herbert Hoover grew up. I loved seeing the two room house.
Thank you again for letting us come. I really enjoyed this field trip.
Love, Makaylee

D’essence, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

Dear Herbert Hoover Museum,

I’m D’essence and I want to say thank you for letting me come, and experience the things that Herbert Hoover did in his life and letting me see the museum. I really liked the pretty wedding dresses.

A cool fact that I learned was that Herbert Hoover gave food to all of the Belgian’s that were dying from starvation.

And thank you again for letting my class and me come.



Rachel, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

Dear Herbert Hoover museum staff,

I had a lot of fun. My guides were Adam and Phyllis. My favorite thing was going to see Hoover’s old house that he lived in when he was a kid. It was small but it sounded like he had a happy time there. I learned that Hoover’s dad was a blacksmith and his mother was a Quaker. He had one sister and one brother. In the museum I learned that he got married to Lou and they went to China. I had so much fun there. We also went on a prairie walk to the grave. Thank you for letting us come.


Jaden, Kenwood Elementary May 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thanks to you two, I know about Herbert Hoover’s history and past life. Now I know his father was a blacksmith and his favorite sport was fishing. Adam, you taught me Hoover’s past life and about his father.



Kathy May 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I had a great time today with 4th grade students from Prairie Ridge in Cedar Rapids. They were very well prepared, very interested in the exhibits, and they shared many comments and observations.
I like to show students the picture of Harry S. Truman and Herbert Hoover, and tell about how Mr. Hoover helped after World War II. In sharing that story, I said Hoover traveled to 35 countries to organize food for those facing starvation due to that war. A young man raised his hand and politely told me the film said Hoover traveled to 38 countries. I stand corrected! I thanked him for pointing that out and will now use the correct number.
When asked what they liked best in the museum, one student said “the guns” and another said “the lace.” One of the young ladies especially liked all of the statues showing Hoover at different ages and one young man said the thing he liked best was the book with George Washington’s autograph.

Phyllis, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Several of the 5th grade boys found the last gallery most interesting — Hoover fishing! It’s amazing what interests individuals e.g. — the helmet in the WWI case!
Phyllis, Docent

Sue, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

The students enjoyed all of the things with Hoover’s name — Hoover rolls, “Hooverizing” to save food, etc. and Hoover ball used for exercise. Helps to understand how important he was.
Sue, Docent

Sue, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Students enjoyed that Hoover cared about children — getting food to those that were starving, Child’s Bill of Rights, and building a school for those children near Camp Rapidan who had no school.
Sue, Docent

John, Docent at the Hoover Museum May 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

6th graders from Lucas School
Very well behaved! Some of their favorite parts of the tour:
One girl said seeing the Waldorf Room.
On boy said Hoover’s inauguration.
I don’t usually stop by the Quote Game but the students were interested because some adults were enjoying it. So we had several students try and they seemed to enjoy it also.
John, Docent

Dick, Docent at Hoover Library June 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

The class was a real pleasure to meet. They were attentive and interested, with many good questions. They also had prepared well in advance.
Dick, Docent

Dick, Docent at Hoover Library June 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

Excellent class from Grand Mound. Asked lots of good questions. Please come back again.
Dick, Hoover Library Docent

John, Docent at Hoover Library June 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

I had a group of 25-27 fourth graders, three parents, and teacher from Lincoln Elementary. They were very well behaved and well prepared. It was impressive to me that from the film they saw at school and from the work they did about Hoover at school — they fully understood Herbert Hoover’s efforts to feed so many people. The favorite part of the tour for one boy was the inauguration clip — the part where Hoover expresses his concerns. When leaving one of the parents said, “Hoover was truly a humble person.”
John, Docent

Phyllis- Pierce June 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

A very large, well-behaved group of 5th graders with an excellent teacher who helped keep them focused. The students mentioned liking the Hoover Dam, “dollar bills” – can’t remember the rest. These were really great kids! And adults also.

John – Pierce June 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

A very good group of 5th Graders (27) from Pierce Elementary. Especially interesting to two of the students – one said the information presented about the flour sacks, the other said the survivors film clips.

Gaylen – Prairie Heights June 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

Good questions from 4th grade Prairie Heights:
1. Did Hoover travel with the flour sacks on the ship to Belgium for food relief?
2. In the Hoover Museum (not the Attic) are any of those items original to Hoover?
3. How did the museum acquire all these things related to Hoover?
4. How old was Lou Henry Hoover when she died?
5. How much would a Ming Dynasty vase be worth?

William – Pierce June 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

When in the Attic Exhibit, one student noticed they were playing Hooverball on board the ship during the South America Goodwill Tour, and even pointed it out to a classmate. The students had seen the Hooverball and learned about it while touring the Hoover Galleries.

Kathy – Lincoln June 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

The class I had on Friday, Lincoln Elem from Mt Pleasant, was the most attentive, informed group I’ve given a tour to, and they made it a point to stay right with me on the entire tour. They asked many good questions, too. It was a joy.

Chanelle – Madison June 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

We loved the tour, it was awesome!
Thank you, From, Chanelle

Lily – Madison June 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

Thank you for the tour to Hoover Museum.
From, Lily

Julian – Madison June 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

Thank you for being our tour guide at the Hoover Museum/Library. You really made my field trip interesting. You really helped us pass time instead of having school. Now that is pretty awesome to a kid like me.
Thank you!

Dalton – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thank you for taking us 5th graders on a wonderful field trip and showing us where he lived.
I learned he was sent to live with his uncle.
He was an orphan when he was 10.
My favorite part was the movie.

Kylea – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thank you for letting us come to your wonderful Library and Museum.
Thank you for letting us have the experience to come and learn about President Hoover and about his life.
My favorite part was the video, the houses, and the prairie walk.

Bianca – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

I would like to say thanks for letting our class come to the museum. The best part was when we got to see all the pictures and learn new things that we didn’t know. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know who Herbert Hoover was!
I found out that Herbert Hoover was a president. I learned that he helped out people around the world during the war. I learned about the Holocaust. I found out that both of his parents died when he was so young, and had to move in with his aunt and uncle.
Thanks again for your time!

Student – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to make the Herbert Hoover Museum as it is. It is also nice to know you do a lot of things to make it a beautiful museum.
I learned that little baby boys wore dresses instead of pants. I also learned Herbert Hoover died at the age of 90. Also that all 3 kids were separated when he was not even 10.
My favorite part was the Prairie Walk.
Thank you for making it happen.

Jason – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thank you for letting us come to the Herbert Hoover Museum. Thank you for letting our class go on a prairie walk. Thank you for letting us watch the movie.
Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch.
Herbert Hoover lived in a little house. Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States.
My favorite part was when we went on a prairie walk. My most favorite part was when we saw Herbert Hoover’s and Lou Henry Hoover’s grave site.

Cooper – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

Thank you for taking your time to make our field trip special.
Here are some facts I learned. Herbert was the first orphan to become president, he was the 31st president, and he helped feed people in World War I.
My favorite was when we went on the prairie.

Jace – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

I learned that Herbert Hoover lived 90 years. I also learned that his nickname was Bert. The best thing I learned was that he helped people around the world to end hunger.
The best part was going on the prairie walk! Another fun thing was the gift shop.

Jacob – Keota June 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

Thank you for your time and effort to show us some things. When I was there I learned that Herbert Hoover’s parents died when he was young, that he was the 31st president, when we was only 17 he got a scholarship to Stanford.
My favorite part was the prairie walk.

Pat March 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

Spring of 2011 is going to be another very full tour season at the Hoover Libary, with 4,019 people coming, so far, divided into 178 groups. We have more teachers calling every day!

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