West Branch, Iowa — A bill in the Iowa Legislature would get you a partial state tax credit, if you donate to the planned upgrades to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch. The last updates to that library were completed in 1992.
(As above) “And by the way, that is the longest time period of any presidential library in the United States to go without having a major renovation.”
That’s Allan Hoover the third, the great grandson of the only native Iowan ever elected president. The goal is to complete this new round of renovations by August 10, 2024 in honor of Herbert Hoover’s 150th birthday.
(As above) “…When he was a young boy he was in his father’s blacksmith shop in West Branch…Great granddad stepped on a hot piece of coal that I imagine not only hurt, but it left a mark on his foot that would be there the rest of his life,” Hoover says. “He affectionately called this mark his ‘Brand of Iowa’ that was with him every step of the way as he went through life at the Paris Peace Conference, Secretary of Commerce, in the White House and the years beyond.”
The National Archives oversees 13 presidential libraries, including Hoover’s. The National Archives requires 90 percent of money to be raised before any construction and renovation of the libraries may start. Governor Kim Reynolds is asking legislators to appropriate five million dollars in state tax dollars, plus create a state income tax credit worth 25 percent of any donation an Iowan makes to the project.
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