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Hoover Minthorn House Dedication Hoover-Minthorn House Museum Dedication Day August 10, 1955. Photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Welcome to the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum

Join us in exploring the story of Herbert Hoover: an orphaned Quaker boy who became one of the world's greatest humanitarians, the thirty-first President of the United States
of America, and a visionary who left a legacy of devotion to world peace through the ongoing study of war, revolution, and peace at the Hoover Institution.

Anita M. Barbey,

NSCDA-OR Hoover-Minthorn House Museum Committee Member

Herbert Hoover
The Great Humanitarian

When Germany invaded Belgium on August 3, 1914 at the beginning of World War I, Belgians very quickly began to suffer hunger. Herbert Hoover was asked to head the Commission for Relief of Belgium. Eleven million people had to be fed -- the greatest humanitarian effort in the history of mankind. Quaker values, cemented in Hoover's Oregon boyhood, helped shape the values by which he lived.

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Dr. Henry John Minthorn
Quaker Physician

Henry John Minthorn was born in Ontario, Canada in 1846 to a Quaker family that had emigrated from England. In 1859, the family moved to West Branch, Iowa. During the years before the Civil War, Quakers were quite active in helping slaves escape to freedom in the north via the underground railroad. Minthorn participated in this work.

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A Brief History of the Museum Garden

In the 1880s, when the Minthorn family lived in Newberg, the yard around the house reflected the necessities of a family in a young settlement. Apple, damson plum, and the pear tree that Hoover remembered so vividly were planted in the yard to provide the family with fresh fruit during the summer along with vegetable patches for fresh produce and herbs, some that were dried for later use.

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