Illinois to Nebraska

Today was a perfect day to travel. It was overcast most of the day but dry, and the Saturday traffic was light.

img_1856In the morning I stopped in West Branch, Iowa to visit the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, just off I-80. The Visitor’s Center exhibit summarizes the life of President Hoover succinctly and well, using artifacts, video and audio.  Outside the Visitor’s Center, there is a path to several buildings associated with Herbert Hoover’s early days, including his 2-room birthplace cottage, next to his father’s blacksmith shop.  I didn’t get a chance to visit the adjacent Presidential Library and Museum, or his grave site.  But what I did see was impressive and charming. If you are in the area, I highly recommend it!

Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage

Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage

A few hours later, I had lunch among the wind turbines at Emma Jean’s in Walnut, Iowa. The catfish sandwich was just what I needed and the peach cobbler was great!

December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas, all!

About Pat Tully

Librarian exploring effective leadership, local history and community service.
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