Richard Norton Smith, noted presidential scholar, to speak at annual Hoover banquet
News · April 21, 2010

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in West Branch is hosting its annual banquet on Friday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

The speaker is Richard Norton Smith, former director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch. His topic is “Why History Matters.” A special guest is the Honorable David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.

Tickets are $50 each for Association members and $75 each for non-members. Reservations must be paid in advance by April 26. For more information, call 643-5327 or 800-828-0475.

Smith is known for his mastery of American presidential history, trivia, trends, and elections.

A graduate of Harvard University, he is the Scholar-in-Residence of History and Public Policy at George Mason University in suburban Washington, DC. As a nationally recognized expert on the presidency and presidential libraries, he appears regularly on C-SPAN and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer as part of the show’s roundtable of historians.

Smith has also served as director of the Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford Presidential Libraries and the Robert Dole Institute of Politics. He was a founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and served as Director of the Lincoln Presidential Foundation, doubling its endowment under his leadership.

He has published numerous books, including biographies of Thomas E. Dewey, Herbert Hoover, George Washington and Robert R. McCormick. He is currently at work on a biography of Nelson Rockefeller.

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