Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University

Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University "The Hoover Historical Center preserves the legacy of The Hoover Company from 1870-2008, during which time the Company was built and headquartered in North Canton, Ohio.
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Hoover Historical Center is located on Walsh University's north campus inside Hoover Park, original Hoover family farmland. The story of the Hoover legacy, a name known around the globe, is preserved and shared here. Tours begin in primitive 1840s building where docents brief visitors on family history and original business of tanning. The evolution of cleaning devices is displayed here with inter-actives for visitors - manual sweepers from the mid-late 1800s and early 1900s. Hoover history continues in the family's Victorian home with the first 1908 Hoover vacuum through the 2008 Hoover 100th Anniversary line. Elegance abound with Victorian décor, furnishings and ladies' fashions which complement the history. War memorabilia, Hoover songs, ads, plant histories and more!

We are excited and ready to reopen tomorrow, July 9th for tours again!To keep our guests safe, our Docents will wear the...
07/08/2020

We are excited and ready to reopen tomorrow, July 9th for tours again!

To keep our guests safe, our Docents will wear these Hoover masks to be easily recognizable by visitors. We ask that all guests bring a mask to wear as well.

All surfaces will be disinfected after each tour, tours will last 45 minutes and social distancing will be required.

Please call us at 330-490-7435 to make a reservation for your tour. See you soon!

After a months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University is excited to...
07/02/2020

After a months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University is excited to reopen to the public for adjusted tours on Thursday, July 9. Additional precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of our guests.

Hours of operation will remain Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. Guided tours will begin at Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 pm. Reservations will be required and space will be limited to ensure social distancing. Reservations can be made by calling the Center at 330-490-7435.

All who enter the HHC will be required to bring their own mask to wear for the duration of the tour. Each tour will last 45 minutes to allow for cleaning and sanitizing in between. Guests who are feeling ill or have been recently diagnosed with COVID are asked to reschedule their tour by contacting the HHC.

As the steward of the history and legacy of The Hoover Company, the HHC maintains a vast collection of items related to that history. In order to further protect our guests, volunteers and staff from the virus, we are temporarily suspending artifact donations until at least September 1, 2020. If you have Hoover-memorabilia you are interested in donating, please contact Director Megan Early at 330-244-4667 for more information.

Yesterday, the Herb Society enjoyed our first get together with a special tour at Manda’s Plant Farm in Canal Fulton. A ...
06/17/2020

Yesterday, the Herb Society enjoyed our first get together with a special tour at Manda’s Plant Farm in Canal Fulton. A huge thank you to Jill Manda for showing us around and giving the ladies gardening tips and tricks.

The Herb Society is always looking for new members to join them! Contact us to find out how you can get involved!

06/11/2020

Although Governor DeWine has given the okay to reopen museums, the Hoover Historical Center remains closed.

We are actively working on a plan to reopen in the near future that follows the protocols and recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC.

Please continue to check our page for updates.

Our Herb Society ladies have been hard at work planting these beautiful gardens!Are you looking for something fun to do ...
06/10/2020

Our Herb Society ladies have been hard at work planting these beautiful gardens!

Are you looking for something fun to do on the side this summer? Consider joining the Herb Society!The ladies are always looking for new members. Contact us at [email protected] for more information on how to join.

After much discussion, the Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center has made the difficult decision to CANCEL this y...
05/28/2020

After much discussion, the Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center has made the difficult decision to CANCEL this year's Tea and Unique Boutique. Our dedicated members are all volunteers who put so much effort, thought and love into making this a fantastic event each year. Unfortunately, the ongoing crisis has made it difficult for us to determine how we can safely and effectively manage the planning while ensuring the health and wellness of our guests and members during the event itself.

As of now, the Herb Society is still planning to host garden tours and Tales in Thyme later this summer. Please stay tuned to our page for updates on these events as well as tours of the Hoover Historical Center.

We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to seeing you next year!

Ethel Brown graduated from The City Hospital of Akron’s Nursing School in 1908. When Hoover added a Medical Aid Departme...
05/12/2020

Ethel Brown graduated from The City Hospital of Akron’s Nursing School in 1908. When Hoover added a Medical Aid Department in 1919, she was hired as its first registered nurse. During her career with The Hoover Company, Ethel oversaw the growth of the department to include the ability to perform emergency surgeries within the factory. Ethel retired in 1952 having spent 35 years working for Hoover.

#NurseAppreciationWeek2020 #HooverHistory

It's a dreary day in Ohio today - perfect for a puzzle! Enjoy this one of the Hoover Historical Center by clicking here ...
04/28/2020

It's a dreary day in Ohio today - perfect for a puzzle! Enjoy this one of the Hoover Historical Center by clicking here https://jigex.com/eDpD

04/26/2020
Walsh University

Please join us in congratulating Walsh University’s Class of 2020 graduates! We are so proud of you!

Today is a bittersweet day for us as it would have been our Spring Commencement ceremony. While we can’t be together physically, we are united in the sense of pride that we feel for the Class of 2020. To those who are first in their family to graduate from college, to those who worked full time as well, to our athletes who balanced sports and school, to the struggling single parent who persevered, and EVERYONE in between. You did it and we are honored to call you our Class of 2020. Here is a special video presentation honoring our graduates. May God be with the Class of 2020 now and always.

Help us thank our wonderful volunteers! These dedicated folks help give tours, keep our gardens looking beautiful, assis...
04/21/2020

Help us thank our wonderful volunteers! These dedicated folks help give tours, keep our gardens looking beautiful, assist with events and SO much more. We are so incredibly appreciative for their years of hard work and service to the Hoover Historical Center!

Would it surprise you to know that Daniel Hoover, the father of W.H. “Boss” Hoover, did not pay any income taxes when he...
04/15/2020

Would it surprise you to know that Daniel Hoover, the father of W.H. “Boss” Hoover, did not pay any income taxes when he ran the family business? How did he pull it off? Simple, by living earlier than us.

The Federal Income Tax was created by the 16th Amendment in 1913, years after Daniel passed his tanning business over to Boss. This does not mean Daniel never paid taxes though. Instead, taxes focused on a more property-based system of evaluation. Today during tax season, we scramble to collect W-2s and receipts, but taxes used to require counting crops, firewood, and farm animals. These may seem like strange things to keep track of today but for the farming communities of pre-industrialization, it made sense. At the time such farms were very common and made up a significant portion of Stark County. The tax records provide a snapshot of the Hoovers’ life and business before the founding of the famous vacuum company. We can learn a lot about people of the past like how many dogs they had, how much firewood they produced, and the profitability of the family business.

#TaxDay #HooverHistory

Today is National Gardening Day! Our Herb Society ladies are ready to start planting and beautifying the grounds. Do you...
04/14/2020

Today is National Gardening Day! Our Herb Society ladies are ready to start planting and beautifying the grounds.

Do you love to garden? Do you (or someone you know) want to learn more about gardening? The Herb Society at the HHC is looking for new members! If you are looking for a new hobby when quarantine ends - this may be the group for you! Email [email protected] to receive more information about membership, meetings and to talk one-on-one with the group's membership coordinator!

#NationalGardeningDay #VolunteerStarkCounty #GardenClubsOfOhio

04/06/2020
Princess Elizabeth Broadcasts To The Nation on Children's Hour (1940) | War Archives

There is much buzz this morning about Queen Elizabeth's address to the UK regarding the current COVID-19 crisis. During her 4 minute address, she references the first address she made in 1940 to children who had been evacuated from their homes in the UK to safer places during WWII.

The Hoover Company helped to arrange the transport of 84 children from the UK to North Canton in August 1940. The children ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old. This move was unprecedented but was done to keep the children safe from the ever present danger. These children were fostered with local families and no one knew just how long they would remain here.

Today we share with you that radio address from then-Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89CJ_8lqDdA

Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) and her sister Princess Margaret speak to the nation on Children's Hour in 1940. They speak to the children who have found...

04/01/2020
It's a beautiful day in Ohio today. While we are self-isolating in our homes, many folks are getting some much needed ho...
03/26/2020

It's a beautiful day in Ohio today. While we are self-isolating in our homes, many folks are getting some much needed house and yard work done. We want to know though, anyone out there "Hoovering" their roofs? This image from our archives was used in the May 1973 issue of Hoover Worldwide Magazine.

In January 1969, The Hoover News reported that the Company would release several new products. Included in the new desig...
03/25/2020

In January 1969, The Hoover News reported that the Company would release several new products. Included in the new designs was an automatic waffle machine that turned into a grill.

Do you remember some of Hoover's other housewares products? What were your favorites?

#NationalWaffleDay #Hoover

Boss Hoover was more than a businessman - did you know he was also the chairman of the Boy Scout Troop Committee in Nort...
03/20/2020

Boss Hoover was more than a businessman - did you know he was also the chairman of the Boy Scout Troop Committee in North Canton?

Happy 1st day of Spring! This ugly weather has our Herb Society ladies dreaming of warm weather and beautiful gardens. D...
03/19/2020

Happy 1st day of Spring! This ugly weather has our Herb Society ladies dreaming of warm weather and beautiful gardens.

Did you know that the Hoover Historical Center is also home to the Herb Society? These talented ladies keep our site looking gorgeous in the summer time! Stop by this summer to enjoy the gardens or chat with the ladies about becoming a member!

#FirstDayOfSpring #Hoover #Gardening #Herbs

While The Hoover Company is best known for their vacuums, they also have an extensive history of products ranging from h...
03/19/2020

While The Hoover Company is best known for their vacuums, they also have an extensive history of products ranging from housewares to war production to advertising. During WWII most of the Company’s ads focused on war efforts. One in particular stressed the importance of sharing with others due to Hoover halting vacuum production in favor of war production. Ads such as this one were used to encourage Americans to share the conveniences of their homes with one another. The Hoover Company also ran ads that encouraged people to carpool to conserve gas, plant victory gardens and buy war bonds.

03/11/2020
Walsh University

As part of the greater Walsh University campus community, the Hoover Historical Center will also remain closed to the public until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and guests is of utmost importance.

Dear CAV NATION,

At 2 p.m. today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made some sweeping recommendations in response to the spread of COVID-19. Some of his recommendations were directed at colleges and universities in the State of Ohio.

After extensive discussions with university leadership and our colleagues in higher education across Ohio, Walsh University will join with other colleges and universities and adopt his recommendations.

Bottomline Up Front: Effective immediately, we are suspending the in-person, face-to-face modality of instruction through and including Friday, March 27.

Game plan for the rest of this week:
• Wednesday (March 11) and Thursday (March 12): (All and only) in-person, face-to-face classes are suspended for two days to give Cav Nation the time necessary to prepare for a transition to online and remote learning.
• Friday (March 13): All classes will resume either online or remotely.
Additionally, effective Wednesday, March 11 through Friday, March 27:
• The University will remain open. Cav Nation employees will report, as usual, for work.
• All residential halls, dining services, student services, club and intramural activities will remain open and active for Cav Nation students.
• Cav Nation faculty will be available, as usual, for on-campus advising and assistance.
• All public campus events are canceled, including Holy Mass.
• All athletic practices and contests will continue following NCAA and G-MAC guidelines. Indoor athletic contests are closed to any spectators.
Students will be provided additional information and announcements regarding class instruction from their individual instructors through the Walsh University email system.

If any student does not receive an email by Thursday afternoon, March 12, with information regarding the new format for his/her classes, please contact the respective academic school/division or the Office of the Provost.

These are difficult times as we are dealing with a large amount of uncertainty. We remain committed to doing what is best for the common good and our university community. Each of us has an individual responsibility to help contain the virus as well as contribute to making a difficult situation better for all of us.

Many thanks for all you will do in the coming weeks to advance our mission.
Warmly, Tim

For continued updates, visit www.walsh.edu/coronavirus.

Happy International Women’s Day! Meet Hoover’s own “Rosie!” Rosie the Riveter was the iconic image used to encourage wom...
03/08/2020

Happy International Women’s Day!

Meet Hoover’s own “Rosie!” Rosie the Riveter was the iconic image used to encourage women across the country to join the war effort.

This female factory worker is constructing a piece of a fuse. Fuses like this were war ammunition used in WWII. The Hoover Company produced several different types including the Variable Time Fuze – a weapon that was considered second only to the atomic bomb during WWII. Women not only worked on the fuzes, they also made helmet liners, parachutes for incendiary bombs, turrets, amplidynes, and more.

Factories across the country needed women to fill jobs as men left to fight overseas. In 1941, Hoover employed about 240 women out of 1,100 factory workers; by 1945 women accounted for almost 4,000 employees out of approximately 5,600 in the factory!

Stop in to visit to learn more about some of the women of The Hoover Company and how Hoover contributed to the war effort.

#internationalwomensday #womenshistorymonth #Hoover

Today is THE day! Stop in to visit!
03/05/2020

Today is THE day! Stop in to visit!

Today's the day...the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University opens for the season!

Guided tours are interactive and fun for ALL ages. Tours occur Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Admission is always FREE!

It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans, or IBAISAIC for short, was not only The Hoover Company's slogan - it was also the na...
03/04/2020
IBAISAIC Theme Song

It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans, or IBAISAIC for short, was not only The Hoover Company's slogan - it was also the name of their "theme" song. While the lyrics might be original, the song itself is also known as "The Caissons Go Rolling Along," a popular Army cadence. Enjoy a listen and sing along!

#MarchingMusicDay #Hoover

Listen to IBAISAIC Theme Song by MeganE #np on #SoundCloud

We want to thank Professor Diane Belfiglio and her Exhibition Design students. With their help, we redesigned one of the...
02/20/2020

We want to thank Professor Diane Belfiglio and her Exhibition Design students. With their help, we redesigned one of the exhibit rooms at the HHC. They worked so hard and did a phenomenal job!

The HHC will reopen for public tours in 2 weeks. Stop by and take a tour!

In 1986, Vice President George H.W. Bush visited the Hoover House (currently part of the Fieldcrest Estate) while in Nor...
02/17/2020

In 1986, Vice President George H.W. Bush visited the Hoover House (currently part of the Fieldcrest Estate) while in North Canton. The property was formerly owned by H.W. Hoover and was the location of his home and POHEJA Farms. It was later used by the Company to host formal dinners and to house important guests on visits to the area.

Pictured with Bush are Ron and Elizabeth Mapp who were the caretakers for the site from 1983 until Ron's retirement in 2001.

#PresidentsDay #HooverHistory

Thank you to OhioTraveler for choosing the Hoover Historical Center as a featured location for Cornering Ohio!
02/11/2020

Thank you to OhioTraveler for choosing the Hoover Historical Center as a featured location for Cornering Ohio!

CORNERING "SWEEPING CHANGES" IN AMERICAN CULTURE

"Got Nothing Against The Big Town," but we're cornering small-town Ohio in 2020.

Learn how a vacuum cleaner company helped win WWII at the corner of E. Maple St. and Cavalier Dr. in North Canton, Ohio.

A vibrant part of Walsh University, the story of the Hoover legacy unfolds in the Victorian Italianate-style farmhouse at the Hoover Historical Center. It’s a unique walk down memory lane in the boyhood home of William “Boss” Hoover, founder of The Hoover Company. Amid Victorian elegance, visitors view vintage vacuums, advertisements, ladies’ fashions, home décor, and war memorabilia. Interactives are available throughout the tour. Herb gardens enhance the grounds.
Plan your visit at https://www.ohiotraveler.com/hoover-historical-museum/

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Hoover: Standing on its own since 1908! #BroomChallenge
02/11/2020

Hoover: Standing on its own since 1908! #BroomChallenge

Walsh University students in the Exhibition Design class are hard at work revitalizing some of the exhibits here at the ...
02/05/2020

Walsh University students in the Exhibition Design class are hard at work revitalizing some of the exhibits here at the HHC.

Opening day for our 2020 season is one month from today! We can’t wait to see you soon!

Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University's cover photo
01/08/2020

Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University's cover photo

Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University
01/08/2020

Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University

We received a pretty cool piece of Hoover history today! This orange suit coat belonged to former employee Carl Duraski....
01/06/2020

We received a pretty cool piece of Hoover history today!

This orange suit coat belonged to former employee Carl Duraski. The suit was worn for Hoover trade exhibits and during visits by international guests.

Carl’s daughter came by the Center today to donate the jacket and share some stories with us. We are excited to accept this piece! Once we can catalog it into our collection, we will place it on display for YOU to see when we reopen for 2020 tours!

Christmas on Hoover Farm is just DAYS away! Over the next few days we'll post some teasers of the spectacular decor thro...
12/07/2019

Christmas on Hoover Farm is just DAYS away! Over the next few days we'll post some teasers of the spectacular decor throughout the House.

We hope to see you on Sunday!

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1875 E Maple St
North Canton, OH
44720-3331

Opening Hours

Friday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(330) 244-4667

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The Hoover Historical Center is located on Walsh University's north campus inside Hoover Park, original Hoover family farmland. Our mission is preserve the legacy of The Hoover Company from 1908 - 2008, during which time the Company was built and headquartered in North Canton, Ohio.

Guests can tour the boyhood home of “Boss” Hoover, founder of The Hoover Company. The home contains exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia about The Hoover Company’s history, the Hoover family, and it’s employees.

The Center is open to the public from March - October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Tours are guided and the final tour begins at 4:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Opportunities are available for group tours (10 or more) and field trips for schools. Please contact us for more information.

During the summer months, enjoy the beautiful, award-winning gardens around the Center which are maintained by our volunteer Herb Society.

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A great time learning about the Hoover brand!
Hello, My parents owned "The Pepper Tree" womens apparel shoppe on North Main Street for 15 years in the early 70's. My father Stephen Wilkins just passed away 4/22/18. I have a beautiful painting by Tom Franta of the shoppe I would like do donate to honor our parents...who should I contact ?? Thank You !
Visited historical society today!!
We were here and loved our tour!
Hey friends! Come over to the Hoover Historical Center today at 1,2,3, or 4 and I’ll give you a great tour of the boyhood home of Boss Hoover and Hoover sweeper history!