Let there be peace on
earth" go the words to a popular song, "and let it begin
with me." Certainly no couple embraced this sentiment more
completely than Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover. Indeed, their entire
lives were devoted to the search for lasting world peace.
Herbert and Lou Henry
Hoover fed people in nearly sixty countries during and after both
world wars and were at home on six continents. Because of their
many travels, they experienced Christmas in a wide range of settings.
One holiday they spent in the Gobi Desert, another Christmas found
them on a steamer navigating the Suez Canal, and on yet another,
they were in war-torn Belgium. Yet no matter where they were during
the holidays, the Hoovers always stopped to reflect on the meaning
of peace in this troubled century.
There seemed to be a
special connection between the Hoovers as true citizens of the world
and the most universal of holidays, a season when people of all
faiths join in the age-old wish for "peace on earth, goodwill
The staff of the Hoover
Museum would like to thank the National Czech and Slovak Museum
for decorating the Czechoslovakia tree and the Museum of Amana History
for loaning their German ornaments. A special thank you to to Patrick
Wildenberg for loaning his collection of Peruvian and Chinese Christmas
can navigate this exhibit by choosing one of the flags at the top
of each page, or by following the list of countries at the bottom
of each page.