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PostHoover Institution at 100: An Exhibit (Paul Pitlick, USA, 10/12/19 4:31 am)
Given the connection of the Hoover Institution to Ronald Hilton and WAIS, I thought colleagues would be interested in seeing this:
JE comments: Outsiders would assume the Hoover Institution dates from HH's post-presidency (after 1933), but he founded the archives in the wake of the Great War, in which Hoover spearheaded the massive relief effort to keep Belgium from starving. I just had a thought: despite their political differences, Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter have a great deal in common. They were (are) both humanitarians, extremely long-lived, and were far more successful in their non-presidential work than during their four-year stays at the White House.
The exhibit runs through July 2020. I must plan a visit.
Encounters with Herbert Hoover
(Patrick Mears, Germany
10/13/19 4:46 AM)
Concerning Herbert Hoover, my son and I may have experienced in the past separate and delayed (or predictive?) "WAIS Effects" concerning Herbert Hoover.
Concerning my own experience, when I was 13 years old in 1964, I began to write to former and current politicians requesting their autographs. That summer, I penned such a letter to Herbert Hoover, addressed to his residence in a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and received in return a very nice autograph from him on a notecard embossed with his name. I still have this autograph. I had forgotten this experience until just now, when I read Paul's post.
As far as son Eddie is concerned, he spent his last semester at The University of Michigan Law School studying in Louvain University, which has significant connections with Herbert Hoover and The Belgian American Educational Foundation. See, e.g., http://www.baef.be/documents/about-us/history/the-first-quarter-century-1920-1945.xml?lang..&template=/system/templates/site/print.html . In Louvain, a square in the center city is named after our 31st President--the "Herbert Hooverplein."
Finally, my wife and I will be traveling to Ireland at the end of this month to visit the "Borderlands," so that she can research and interview people there for an article on the Irish Border. Of course, I will also be taking notes, which I hope will form the kernel of a piece on the same topic for WAIS. We expect to spend about 5 days on the border and 2 days in Dublin.
I hope all is well with WAISers and their families.
JE comments: No US president was more connected to WAIS than Herbert Hoover. Prof. Hilton was his neighbor ("almost across the street") on the Hill behind Stanford U. They met many times, especially between the years 1942 and '46. (There are numerous references to HH in the early WAIS archives.)
In that same neighborhood, my beloved Aunt Ann (Fullerton) shared some birthday cake with HH during a visit to Stanford in the late 1950s. Auntie Ann, 94 years young, has had some health challenges of late. I wish her a speedy recovery and a quick return to full strength.
Someday, I am convinced, we'll see a "parallel lives" biography written about Hoover and Carter. One detail I missed yesterday--both presidents were engineers by degree and training.
Prof. H beat me to this idea 20 years ago. See this 1999 post, "Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover":