Tag: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Happy American Archives Month! Throughout October, we’re running a series of “spotlights” on the many locations that make up the National Archives. You can visit the exhibits or use the research rooms.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, has an unusual location. It is within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, a 187-acre park administered by the National Park Service. The location is meant to preserve the wildlife and nature in the site and the Quaker community in which Hoover grew up.
Permanent exhibitions are organized chronologically in a series of galleries that showcase Hoover’s fascinating life and accomplishments. They flow from Hoover’s orphaned boyhood and youth in Iowa, to his success as a global businessman, to his humanitarian efforts during World War I. There is a section that discusses the enormous cultural and technological changes in the Roaring Twenties, which then moves into Hoover’s time as Secretary of Commerce in the same decade, his Presidential campaign and election, his role in the Great Depression, and his post-Presidential life and work. There is also a gallery dedicated to Lou Henry Hoover and her role as First Lady.
In addition to Hoover’s own papers and mementos, the library also contains the documentary legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Lane wrote the first biography about Hoover, a … [ Read all ]
Posted by Nikita on October 17, 2012, under - Presidents, National Archives Near You.
Tags: great depression, herbert hoover, Herbert Hoover Historical Site, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, humanitarian aid, Iowa, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lou Henry Hoover, national park service, Quaker, Rose Wilder Lane, world war i
One of the themes throughout our “What’s Cooking Wednesday” posts has been war and food rationing. American citizens were asked to grow their own food, ration sugar, and eat less meat so that there would be more supplies for soldiers fighting overseas and for people with little food left in their war-torn country.
As a result, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library has one of the largest collections of flour sacks in the world.
But these are no ordinary flour sacks. These cotton bags have been stenciled, embroidered, painted, and remade. They were turned into pillows, clothing, and accessories to be sold in England and the United States to raise funds for food relief and to help prisoners of war. They have been decorated with red, yellow, and black for Belgium as well as red, white, and blue for the United States. Lions, eagles, symbols of peace, and Belgian lace decorate the humble cotton from American mills.
Why did hungry Belgium citizens decorate empty flour sacks?
During World War I, Herbert Hoover was chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB). Through donated money and voluntary contributions of food, this commission fed over 11,000 Belgiums. Between 1914 and 1919, about 697,116,000 pounds of flour was shipped to Belgium.
But once empty, the flour sack was a dangerous commodity during World War I. The German military could use them … [ Read all ]
Posted by Hilary on November 30, 2011, under - Great Depression, - Presidents, - World War I, Uncategorized, Uncle Sam, What's Cooking Wednesdays.
Tags: Belgium, Commission for Relief in Belgium, flour sacks, herbert hoover, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, world war i, WWI