Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Iowa

The Hoover Library and Museum is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Hoover papers form the core of the library’s holdings, but it is also a nationally recognized center for the study of twentieth-century history and the American presidency. In addition to the papers of Herbert Hoover, the manuscript holdings include those of Lewis Strauss, Gerald P. Nye, Felix Morley, Clark Mollenhoff, Robert E. Wood, Westbrook Pegler, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, among others. There are more that 150 collections things such as conservative journalistic thought, agricultural economics, famine relief, atomic energy, and governmental reorganization. The museum features displays of the Australian Outback, China at the turn of the century (the Hoovers lived through the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China), a Belgian relief warehouse during the First World War, the Hoover inauguration of March 4, 1929, and ever-changing exhibits in the large temporary gallery. The library is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the library staff for information about access to its collections.

The Hoover Presidential Library Museum and the Hoover Birthplace Cottage lie within the 186-acre Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in West Branch, 10 miles east of Iowa City, just off Interstate 80 at Exit 254.

Sergeant Floyd Monument, Iowa

The first American soldier to die west of the Mississippi, Sergeant Floyd died as the Lewis and Clark expedition passed present day Sioux City, Iowa. His passing is best described by the following passage from the journals of Lewis and Clark. “…20th August Monday 1804… I am Dull & heavy been up the greater part of last night with Sergt. Floyd, who is as bad as he can be to live… We set out under a jental Breeze from the S.E… We came to make a warm bath for Sergt. Floyd hoping it would brace him a little, before we get him into his bath he expired, with a great deel of composure…We buried him to the top of a high round hill overlooking the river & Countrey for a great distance situated just below a small river, the Bluffs Sergts. Floyds Bluff… we buried him with all the honors of War, and fixed a Ceeder post at his head with his name title and day of the month & year…we returned to the boat & proceeded to the Mouth of the little river 30 yd wide & camped a beautiful evening…” Today the cedar post has been replaced by a 100 foot high stone obelisk on the spot of Sgt. Floyd’s grave, the first historic landmark recognized by the United States government.

Location Map and Directions

Links: Lewis and Clark Trail