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Herbert Hoover Letter and Photographs, 1928


Herbert Hoover (then Secretary of Commerce) visited the Outer Banks in 1928 to assess the site of the future Wright Brothers National Memorial. This collection consists of four photographs and a letter surrounding Hoover's visit. The photographs depict Hoover and his party boarding a boat in Manteo. The letter, dated 2 May 1928, was written by Hoover to Etheridge Midgett, Section Supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Manteo, thanking Midgett for his section's hospitality during the visit.

Title

Herbert Hoover Letter and Photographs, 1928

Collection Number

PC.5057

Date(s)

1928

Box 1
Language

English

Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
0.17
Abstract

Herbert Hoover (then Secretary of Commerce) visited the Outer Banks in 1928 to assess the site of the future Wright Brothers National Memorial. This collection consists of four photographs and a letter surrounding Hoover's visit. The photographs depict Hoover and his party boarding a boat in Manteo. The letter, dated 2 May 1928, was written by Hoover to Etheridge Midgett, Section Supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Manteo, thanking Midgett for his section's hospitality during the visit.

Physical Location

3B4

Creator

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


Chronological


Available for research.


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Processed by Samantha Crisp, December 2017.


In March 1927, the United States Congress passed the Wright Brothers Memorial Act, which authorized the construction of a monument commemorating the Wright Brothers. Under the act, the Secretaries of War, Navy, and Commerce were charged with forming a commission to select a site for the monument. The Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, joined the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association and traveled to the Outer Banks in 1928 to assess the Association's proposed site for the monument. Hoover supported a utilitarian design for a monument, including a new coast guard station and a beacon for mariners, while both the Association and the Commission of Fine Arts (which was charged with overseeing the design of the monument) advocated for a purely aesthetic structure. Hoover relented, and the cornerstone of the monument was laid in December 1928.


[Identification of item], PC.5057, Herbert Hoover Letter and Photographs, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.


Donated by the Outer Banks History Center Associates, August 2000.


This collection consists of four photographs and a letter surrounding Herbert Hoover's visit to the Outer Banks in 1928. The photographs depict Hoover and his party boarding a boat in Manteo. The letter, dated 2 May 1928, was written by Hoover to Etheridge Midgett, Section Supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Manteo, thanking Midgett for his section's hospitality during the visit.


  • Kill Devil Hills (N.C.)--History--20th century
  • Manteo (N.C.)--History--20th century
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial (N.C.)