National Historic Site website

Events being held at the National Historic Site website are listed below.

Self-guided Tour


Start at the Visitor Center to get your map and plan your day. See a 12-minute film and exhibits on Herbert Hoover's childhood. Take a self-guided walk or join a ranger for a guided tour of four historic buildings: the Birthplace Cottage, the Blacksmith Shop, the Schoolhouse, and the Friends Meetinghouse.

Make sure to spend at least an hour and a half at the Presidential Library and Museum to learn more about Herbert Hoover's distinguished life and career. The Library and Museum also offers changing exhibits on other historical topics.

Visit the gravesite of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover, and then take a walk through the restored 81-acre tallgrass prairie.

Adventures and Great Undertakings


Herbert Hoover's boyhood in West Branch influenced his later accomplishments as a mining engineer, businessman, humanitarian, and statesman. The 12-minute film "Adventures and Great Undertakings: Herbert Hoover`s Childhood in West Branch" introduces visitors to the impact of family and community on young Herbert Hoover.

The film is shown at the Visitor Center upon request starting at 9:00 a.m.

Be a Junior Ranger


The Junior Ranger program allows kids to learn more about Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Anyone between the ages of five and fourteen years old can become a Junior Ranger by completing activities in the Junior Ranger activity booklet.

Get your Junior Ranger activity booklet from the Visitor Center. When the booklet is complete, return to the Visitor Center to receive your official Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

Blacksmith Demonstrations

April through October

Born the son of a blacksmith and into a family of modest means, Herbert Hoover believed he had a life of unlimited potential in the United States. Visit the Blacksmith Shop as young Herbert may have visited his father and see professional blacksmith Chuck Ping demonstrate the art and craft of blacksmithing. Handmade blacksmith items are for sale at the Blacksmith Shop and at the Visitor Center.

Dates and times will vary and may be changed. Please call ahead before you visit.

Hoover's Hometown Days - Aug. 1 and 2, 2014

Learn more HERE.

A Christmas Past

December 6 to 8, 2013

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host "A Christmas Past" events from Friday, December 6 until Sunday, December 8, 2013.