Tuesday, February 12, 2008

President's Day

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Presidents' Day, Monday February 18th.

Iowa's only President, Herbert Hoover, was blamed for the stock market crash of 1929 and the following Great Depression. But one of the accomplishments of his administration was the establishment of Veteran's Affairs in the federal government. Plus, as a bonus, the game of Hoover-Ball is named for him as he played it every morning. It was called Medicine Ball at the time, and involved throwing a 6 pound ball over a ten-foot high net. So he knew how to have fun. For more information on President Herbert Hoover, visit our online database Biography Resource Center.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is great stuff, but did you really post this at 7 AM?