Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Host a Lecture Series on Geology in the National Parks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prado   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:56
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— In recognition of President Herbert Hoover’s interest in
geology and conservation, Dr. Richard Baker will present a series of four
lectures about geology in our national parks, focusing on Yellowstone
(October 24), Grand Canyon (November 14), Glacier (January 23), and
Dinosaur and Badlands (February 27). Dr. Baker is a professor emeritus in
the Geoscience Department at the University of Iowa. He completed his
doctorate research at Yellowstone National Park. He has traveled to many of
our national parks and has taught a course on them at the University of
Iowa. The lecture series is free and meets at the visitor center of Herbert
Hoover National Historic Site from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Before he became famous as a humanitarian and later as President of the
United States, Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover graduated from
Stanford University with degrees in geology. Herbert Hoover turned his
formal education into a successful career as a mining engineer and wrote
books and articles about mining. The two Hoovers even translated from Latin
the 16th century mining book De Re Metallica,published one hundred years
ago in 1912. Herbert Hoover also enjoyed outdoor recreation and valued
conservation of natural resources. During Hoover’s presidency from 1929 to
1933, the size of our national forests expanded by more than two million
acres and the land area of our national parks and monuments increased by 40

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please
allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at
www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS
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