A little museum with a big history, the Hoover Historical Center will resume its tour season Thursday, March 3, 2016 with free tours (donations graciously accepted) conducted at 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. The hourly tours are available each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (except major holidays) through October. Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations and are available weekday mornings to keep the experience exclusive to the group.
The first new interactive experience on the tour is with an air-glide Constellation Canister. With no wheels, the vacuum floats on a cushion of air. Hoover introduced this concept in 1956 and repeated with a new Constellation vacuum in 2007.
Another new interactive involves the hand-held Portapower. Initially introduced in 1975, it remains on the market. The power of both the suction and exhaust of this lightweight unit is featured in this hands-on display that includes the floatation of a ping-pong ball.
Other interactives include a replica of a 1910 manual sweeper. The user stands upon the unit, balancing himself to pump the foot-activated bellows which initiates the suction needed to sweep/clean. Another favorite that remains is the recorded Hoover song, “All the Dirt, All the Grit.”
The rich and diverse history of the Hoover legacy of innovation and success is featured with the original Hoover business of tanning and is illustrated through the history of Hoover products and advertising beginning with the first Hoover vacuum introduced in 1908. The story of the growth of a small local business that rippled beyond Stark County to extend around the globe is part of the Hoover story shared throughout the tour.
The Center is on the National Register of Historic Sites and has limited wheelchair accessibility. For more tour information, visitors can call the Center at 330-490-7435 or email email@example.com.