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A Shakespeare Christmas

November 15, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum
West Branch, Iowa

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth and of Herbert Hoover's love of Shakespeare, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum presents A Shakespeare Christmas. This new Christmas exhibit opens on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

The exhibition will display 20 trees and each tree will represent one of Shakespeare's plays. There will also be a tree decorated by the Cedar Valley Embroiderer's Guild of America and two trees decorated by the Wednesday Shakespeare Club from Cedar Rapids.

Both Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover were admirers of Shakespeare's works. They attended many of his plays and in 1913 the Hoover's traveled to London for The Shakespeare Season festivities. Lou filled a scrapbook with many play programs and photos of the family attending these events. The Hoover's were also supporters of the Folger Shakespeare Library which is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover attended the opening of this prestigious library in 1932. 

A Shakespeare Christmas is on display at the Hoover Museum from Nov. 15, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The Museum is located in West Branch, Iowa, ¼ mile off I-80 at Exit 254 (just 10 miles east of Iowa City). Museum hours are 9 – 5 pm daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

As You Like It
As You Like It
Midsummer's Night Dream
A Midsummer's Night Dream
The Tempest
The Tempest


The Museum is open daily from 9 am - 5 pm except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to the exhibit is $6 for adults 16-62, $3 for anyone over 62 and under the age of 16 is free. Located in West Branch, Iowa, 1/4 mile of I-80 at Exit 254, 10 miles east of Iowa City.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
P.O. Box 488
210 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA 52358