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.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is a must see while visiting the site. It is one of twelve Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives. The papers of President Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover are among those housed in the library archives.
Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover are buried on a hillside overlooking the president's birthplace. The landscape of the National Historic Site celebrates and commemorates Herbert Hoover's accomplishments and ideals.