Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Both his Quaker upbringing and his engineering education gave Herbert Hoover a passion to eliminate waste of all kinds. Toward that end, as Secretary of Commerce in 1920-28, he promoted standardization of various manufactured items, including paper, tires, nuts and bolts, plumbing, and window frames. As the 31st president of the U.S., he worked out the engineering of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, completed plans to build the Grand Coulee Dam, and reorganized airmail and passenger airline service. These and other accomplishments during his 50 years of public service and his career as a mining engineer are documented in this museum and library.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:During WW I, Herbert Hoover spearheaded the Committee for Relief of Belgium (CRB), which fed 11 million people in Belgium and northern France throughout the four years of war. Under his leadership, the CRB invented a special vitamin-laced cookie that was served every day to more than 2.5 million Belgian children to help them fend off disease.