‘Days theme reflects Hoover the humanitarian
News · March 22, 2013

The 2013 Hoover’s Hometown Days celebration opens Aug. 3 with the theme “Herbert Hoover: Master of Emergencies.”

The theme, according to organizers, “honors his many humanitarian accomplishments.”

“Herbert Hoover’s humanitarianism defined him as a man of moral courage, initiative, and compassion,” Hoover National Historic Site Superintendent Pete Swisher, said. “His deeds are a reminder of our abilities to make a difference in our communities, or around the world.”

During and after World War I, Hoover organized and directed food relief in war-devastated countries, an effort he repeated after the end of World War II. As Secretary of Commerce his leadership of federal disaster relief during the catastrophic 1927 Mississippi River Flood helped propel him to the presidency.

An orphan before his 10th birthday, Hoover was sympathetic to people in need, especially children, ‘Days organizers note.

“As president, Hoover increased the budget for children’s programs and called a landmark White House Conference on Child Health and Protection,” read a statement by the HHD committee. “The former President became chairman of the Boys’ Clubs of America in 1936, a post he held for more than 25 years. In 1946, Hoover’s vision for an organization to feed children around the world became UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, a leading advocate for children’s welfare and rights around the world.”

Many local partners contribute to planning and organizing Hoover’s Hometown Days, including the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, the City of West Branch, Main Street West Branch, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Hoover’s Hometown Days celebrates the life of the 31st president and West Branch native and serves as an annual festival for the city of West Branch.

“(The ‘Days) continues its family-friendly tradition of entertainment, children’s activities, a parade, food, and a showcase of Iowa heritage,” read a press release. “Exhibitors, vendors and demonstrations display Iowa’s rich culture and history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and throughout downtown West Branch.”

For more information about exhibiting, vending, or visiting during Hoover’s Hometown Days, call 319-643-5327.

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