Visit to the Stanford Campus Sculpture Garden and Hoover Tower

The Weindorf family bicycled from their home in Menlo Park to the Stanford Campus. Elizabeth and Miguel Vieira and Steve and I drove, and met them at the Rodin Sculpture Garden next door to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts. This is the third largest Rodin collection in the world.

We toured the Leland Stanford, Jr. memorabilia collection in the museum, then enjoyed a fine lunch in the museum cafe. It was too fine a day to stay indoors, so by bicycle and on foot, we followed the campus sculpture trail.

When we reached the Hoover Tower, we took the elevator to the viewing platform 250 feet from ground level. The views were beautiful, and the carillon in the tower was an added bonus. “Hoover Tower is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, a Stanford-affiliated public policy research center founded by Herbert Hoover, a member of the university’s pioneer class of 1895 and the 31st president of the United States.” “At the top of the tower, visitors can see a carillon of 48 bells cast in Tournai, Belgium, a gift of the Belgian-American Education Foundation. The largest bell is inscribed, “For Peace Alone Do I Ring.” (from the Stanford web site).

Another highlight was the Stanford Memorial Church, which is covered in exquisite mosaics, inside and out. It was built by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband, Leland Stanford. Fortunately, the church was renovated after extensive destruction by the earthquakes in 1906 and 1989.

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