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July 12, 2014
We got together for a meeting of the Practical Farmers of Iowa,
which hosted the premiere of "Map of My Kingdom,"
a play about farms, history, and land transfer, introduced by Tom Frantzen
(Friends School, West Branch, Iowa). The link above will take you to a press release from PFI.
Below, pictures of the Hoover Library & Museum in West Branch. Five stars!

Three brothers at the dinner beforehand. . .

Below: Tom before play & during the discussion.
In the middle, the actor (who played all the parts)
after the show.

and in 1958; Allen & Tom are wearing shirts that mother sewed.

(Wayne b. 1937; Allen b. 1947; Tom b. 1952)


   
Play by Mary Swander, poet laurette of Iowa; performed by Elizabeth Thompson, directed by Matt Foss.
Missing from these pictures: the tremendous thunderstorm that started about 6.30, let up about 8.30, and then came back to raise more hell.
The Herbert Hoover Museum and Library at West Branch
Eleanore & Allen, Clinton   Hoover's baby cradel
 
Photographs cleverly suggest windows in the Visitors Center
 
A handful of sensational small, old houses, in beautiful shape, privately owned.

 
The Friends Meeting Hall, divided into rooms for men and women.
 

Belgium's sobering memorial to Hoover's work on the relief effort after World War I.
Isis, the goddess of life.
"I am that which was and is and ever shall be, and no moral has yet lifted the veil that covers me."

From inside the museum--Hoover at the right.

 

 
Low tech, high tech. We had a washing machine just like this at home for years.
To the right, my first sighting of Google Glasses. Note the patch stuck to the back of his head.
At first I thought it was a sign of brain injury.


At the grave site, looking back to the cottage.