Thursday, May 24, 2007

School House to White House

Prologue has a nice article on the education of modern Presidents in the Spring 2007 edition. Why? Well, because they are opening an exhibit on it in the National Archives. This will then turn into a travelling exhibit and visit several presidential libraries - so we all might get to see it without going to DC! This short article just gives us tantalizing bits of what this exhibit showcases. As a note, if you are interested in Harry Truman's school house days, Prologue had an entire article on that earlier that we discussed here at APB.

On Herbert Hoover:
Herbert Hoover spent his first years of education at a small public school in West Branch, Iowa. He was sent to live with an uncle and aunt in Oregon when he was 11, after his mother's death left him an orphan. He would later say, "Iowa, in those years as in these, was filled with days of school—and who does not remember with a glow some gentle woman who with infinite patience and kindness drilled into us those foundations we know today." Later, Hoover became the youngest member of the first class at Stanford University, where he studied geology and met his future wife, Lou Henry. The exhibit features images from Hoover's childhood and young adulthood, including a picture of the Stanford University surveying squad, of which Hoover was a member.

On Ronald Reagan:
Like many of the modern Presidents, Ronald Reagan learned to read from his mother, Nelle. He attended public school and was a member of the 1928 class of Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. The exhibit features a reproduction of a handwritten story about Halloween that Reagan wrote in high school. In "Hallowe'en," Reagan wrote, "'Twas the nite of Hallowe'en, but nothing was still.' The good people went to sleep that memor[able] Saturday night, with the sounds of laughter, running feet, and muffled shouts ringing in their ears." Reagan attended Eureka College in Illinois, where he played on the football, track, and swim teams and was a reporter for the school newspaper.

The article includes a short blurb on each included President as well as some pictures of the items in the exhibit.

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