Each month, on the Third Thursday, the Hoover Presidential Foundation and the Hoover Presidential LIbrary and Museum will present a special evening program with speaker reception, free to the public!
The receptions begin at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy light appetizers and a choice of beverages. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and usually lasts one hour.
Topics vary by speaker and all are family-friendly!

Here's the next program:

March 19: “Lou Gets the Vote!”
6 - 7 p.m. via Facebook Live (You must watch through the Foundation's Facebook page, as there will be no public, on-site performance of this program.)
You'll find the program here at 6 p.m. on the 19th:

Presented by Matthew Schaefer, Archivist, Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Archivist Matt Schaefer talks about Lou Henry Hoover and the 19th Amendment that gave women throughout the country the right to vote. It explores Lou’s views on women’s suffrage and voting. On August 18, 2020, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification.
Following the presentation, the audio portion will become available on our podcast site at

April 16 “Travels with Dad: Lou’s 1921 Cross Country Trip”
6 - 7 p.m. Possible online broadcast - watch for details. The on-site public performance of this program has been cancelled.

Presented by Craig Wright, Archivist, Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

In September 1921, Lou Henry Hoover began a cross-country trip with her father Charles. Driving a 1919 Cadillac, the trip would take 34 days to wind its way over nearly 4,000 miles as they traveled from San Francisco to Washington, DC with brief stops in Iowa at Boone, Le Grand, Waterloo, Iowa City and West Branch. Supervisory archivist Craig Wright will offer highlight and colorful anecdotes from the trip.

May 21 "Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant"
5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Figge Auditorium

Presented by Pete Grady

Unconditional Surrender introduces audiences to the man behind this caricature. We meet Ulysses S. Grant in the final year of his life, as he is dying of throat cancer (brought on, no doubt, by his habit of smoking twenty cigars a day.) 
Grant is penniless. His investment firm has gone bankrupt, and as he resigned from the military to serve as President, he has no military pension. Grant has been assured by Samuel L. Clemens (the author “Mark Twain”) that if Grant can complete his autobiography, the book will earn sufficient income to care for Grant’s family after his death. 
Unconditional Surrender:  A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant is Grant’s life story, told by a man who knows he will soon die, but who must complete his story before his death. The one hour show uses period music, photographs, cartoons, maps and drawings to explore Grant’s successes and failures in military and civilian life, and provides the audience with a new understanding of Ulysses S. Grant, whom author H.W. Brands has called “The Man Who Saved the Union.”

June 18 "Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor: Declaring Independence"
5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Figge Auditorium

Presented by Garrett Cloer, Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Each year, people across the country celebrate their nation's independence on July 4 even though Congress actually voted for it on July 2!  Join us for a look at the real story of the creation of the United States as Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Park Ranger Garrett Cloer discusses the critical months leading to the independence vote, the Declaration of Independence, and its impacts and afterlife.