ON-Lion Letter
The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University in California is celebrating its 90th anniversary with an exhibition of photographs, posters, memorabilia, audiovisual materials, documents, and books from its library and archives.  The exhibit, "A Revolutionary Idea:  Hoover Making History Since 1919," traces the Institution's development from its origin as a special collection at Stanford's main library to the influential public-policy and research institution that it is today.

The Institution was established following World War I through the efforts and philanthropy of Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, a Stanford University graduate and trustee, and head of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) and the American Relief Administration.  When Hoover was in London organizing massive relief efforts throughout and after the war, he recognized the importance of documenting those momentous events.  He contacted Stanford Prof. E. D. Adams, asking him to collect historical material on the war with an initial budget of $50,000 -- Hoover’s gift to his alma mater.

Among other things, the exhibit includes the original telegrams between Hoover and Adams, blueprints of Stanford's iconic Hoover Tower, and numerous selections from the Institution's more than 100,000 political posters.  Other highlights include one-of-a-kind items such as Leon Trotsky's last Soviet passport; rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of day-to-day activities at the Institution; and collections that shed light on current events, such as posters of Osama bin Laden and U.S. military publications from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It is open to the public in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, next to Hoover Tower on the Stanford campus, and is free of charge.  Pavilion hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time.  For further information, contact (650) 723-3563.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports Hoover Institution projects.
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