Hoover Museum Celebrates 35 Years of Preserving Hoover History

hoover_1North Canton, Ohio – Walsh University’s Hoover Historical Center marks its 35th anniversary this summer and will provide a commemorative magnet to all visitors during the month of August. The Hoover Historical Center’s mission is to honor the Hoover Legacy by preserving the rich heritage of The Hoover Company.

On August 8, 1978, the museum opened as part of festivities celebrating Hoover’s 70th anniversary. The ‘home for Hoover history’ provided the public with free tours of the Hoover family’s 1853 Victorian farm house and a primitive building called the Tannery. In 2004, Walsh University was the recipient the Hoover family homestead which included the Historical Center and the approximately 35-acres of Hoover Park. The donation of The Park and museum currently comprise Walsh University’s north campus, which also includes an expanse of athletic fields for the Walsh Cavaliers.hoover2

The Hoover Historical Center continues to preserve Hoover archives and memorabilia, as well as providing tours throughout the entire farmhouse and Tannery. Visitors view Victorian furnishings and Hoover family photographs and personal keepsakes.

Visitors are briefed by museum volunteers regarding Hoover family history and can view 30 primitive, manual cleaners that depict the evolution of cleaning devices before touring the Victorian farmhouse. The museum also displays the history of the Hoover vacuum cleaner business. Many displays offer hands-on interactive opportunities.

On display are vintage Hoover products and advertising, Company and family memorabilia, vintage ladies’ fashions, war memorabilia, as well as pictures of Hoover Company floats from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The awards and photographs of floats built through the partnering of Hoover employees and retirees from 1992-99, had been displayed in the lobby of The Hoover Company. “Anyone who has never been to the Center – or have not been here in a couple of years, really would find the information interesting and presented in a unique way,” says operations coordinator Ann Haines adding; “This wonderful example of Victorian architecture and décor provides a beautiful backdrop for Hoover history.”

Free tours are conducted hourly, 1-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; although donations are graciously accepted. Group tours require reservations and are encouraged weekday mornings to keep the group private and enhance their experience of the Hoover legacy.

hoover3A Gift Shoppe offers souvenirs and through summer months, scenic gardens welcome visitors which are cared for by the devoted members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center. The museum is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and has an Ohio Historical Marker.

Visitors to the museum during the Center’s anniversary month of August, will receive a souvenir magnet.

For more information, call the Center at 330-499-0287 or email ahaines@walsh.edu.

The Center is located at 1875 East Maple ST in North Canton.

Walsh University is an independent, co-educational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 24 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

New Release submitted by
Ann Haines
Operations Coordinator

Hoover Historical Center/Walsh University
1875 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720-3331
330-244-4667 Tuesday – Friday




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