Presidential Lecture Series on Herbert Hoover set for April 2

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Presidential Lecture Series on Herbert Hoover set for April 2

March 13, 2012

 Matt Schaefer
Matt Schaefer will present “Herbert Hoover – President and Humanitarian” during Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual Presidential Lecture Series on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m.  The event will be held in Alva at the Graceful Arts Center, 523 Barnes Street.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Institute for Citizenship Studies and the Department of Social Sciences proudly announces its annual Presidential Lecture Series for 2012. This year’s topic will be “Herbert Hoover – President and Humanitarian.” The program will be held on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Graceful Arts Center located at 523 Barnes Street in downtown Alva.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history, will open the event by briefly relating how the Germans from Russia community across the United States coordinated its famine relief activities in the Soviet Union with Hoover’s American Relief Association.

Matt Schaefer of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, will discuss the life and times of the 31st president, including Hoover’s international humanitarian efforts in the early 1920s. Schaefer is the outreach archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch. He has held this position since 2002.

As outreach archivist, Schaefer’s primary duties include organizing conferences, working with professional organizations and keeping the Hoover Library in the public eye. He has organized conferences on diverse topics such as food relief, western movies and Iowans’ contributions to baseball. In addition to outreach activities, he also serves as a reference archivist working with researchers in the reading room and assisting remote researchers.

Before coming to the Hoover, Schaefer worked at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City and at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Mount Union College in 1979 and a Master of Arts in medical history at the University of Michigan in 1990.

Schaefer has written articles and book reviews on medical history, Iowa history and archival topics. The largest of these projects was his work, as part of a team, writing “The Rise of the University Teaching Hospital: A Leadership Perspective on the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (1996).”

Schaefer also has been active for 20 years in the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), a regional professional organization. He has presented papers, led workshops and worked on committees including a stint on the editorial board of MAC’s journal, “Archival Issues.”

He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Karen Mason, who is curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives. Their son Daniel is majoring in English at Macalester College.

For more information, call the Institute for Citizenship Studies office at (580) 327-8525 or email