hoover library

Library books, September 2016.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Why yes, that IS my first CoHo book. Looking forward to reading these!

Welcome to #ElectionCollection! 

Every Tuesday, the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and American Experience PBS will share campaign memorabilia on a different theme! Our first challenge is “Signs, Posters, Brochures.” We <3 the heartfelt plea of this campaign poster for Herbert Hoover.

Share your paper memorabilia of past campaigns with us. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents–show us your signs!

Remember to tag them with #ElectionCollection. We can’t wait to see what you have!

#ElectionCollection is a weekly challenge to share your Presidential campaign memorabilia from the past! Join the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and American Experience PBS every Tuesday as we countdown to Election Tuesday. Show us the mementos that you’ve saved and tag #ElectionCollection!

Image: Campaign poster from 1928. “Herbert Hoover is in the Heart of all of US” from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.


Happy National Martini Day!  Two of our Presidents were known to enjoy martinis: Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hoover used this decanter set to make martinis. Hoover loved to eat macadamia nuts with his martinis (even though he was not supposed to have them). The set was originally owned by Hoover’s good friend Hugh Gibson and was given to Hoover by Gibson’s son Michael.

The silver cocktail shaker and glasses belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt and are currently on display in our exhibit “Spirited Republic.” As governor of New York, and later as President, FDR ended each work day with a cocktail party with his closest staff, even during Prohibition.

During these informal occasions Roosevelt would mix the drinks while he and his staff joked and gossiped. No serious policy or political conversations were allowed.

Eleanor Roosevelt, whose father and brother were alcoholics, rarely attended these gatherings.

From the holdings of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the Franklin D. Roosevelt President Library.

Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Sometimes my silence is saying, I don’t know how to speak to you. I don’t know what you’re thinking. Talk to me. Tell me everything you’ve ever said. All the words. Starting from the very first one.
However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts
I feel vulnerable. I try to mask my emotions, but I feel like everyone knows what I’m thinking and feeling, and I don’t like it. I don’t like being an open book. I feel like I’m up on the stage, pouring my heart out to him, and it scares the hell out of me.

The Archivist of the United States welcomed our millionth visitor of 2015 today!

Lily McCarragher of Iowa City, Iowa, is a rising 5th grader. She was accompanied by her parents, Joe and Laura, and brothers Jackson and Noah. She also mentioned that she had a great time with her class at theHerbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in Iowa.

Special thanks to the National Archives Foundation and the myArchivesStore for the goody bag!