For Immediate Release: March 12, 1998
Contacts: Larry Hackman
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


- 1948 Exhibition Opens April 20 -

(Independence, Mo.) - On November 3, 1948, Harry S. Truman awoke at 4 a.m., turned on the radio and learned that he had been re-elected President of the United States. His incredible upset over Thomas Dewey capped a year in U.S. Presidential history unlike any other. The threat of communism in Eastern Europe, the emerging American civil rights issue, the recognition of Israel and Truman's dramatic election victory were the cornerstones of this tumultuous year.

You can re-live these events in the new 50th anniversary commemorative exhibition, "1948: Year of Turmoil and Triumph," on display April 20, 1998 through February 10, 1999 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

By 1948 the nation had struggled through the most wrenching aspects of reconversion following World War II and now looked to the future. For most Americans the future seemed bright, but storm clouds threatened at home and abroad.

President Truman responded to the many threats and promises of 1948 with a series of bold actions and decisions. In the Truman Library exhibition that remembers this important year, museum visitors enter an environment filled with the sights and sounds of life in America in 1948. The exhibition is divided into four sections:

The exhibition concludes with "The Legacy of 1948," where visitors can draw their own conclusions about how these sweeping events and a shifting popular culture changed America.

"President Truman faced a series of monumental decisions throughout 1948. When you consider that this was an election year, some of his decisions, especially on civil rights, are extraordinary," said Larry Hackman, director of the Truman Library. "Keep in mind that in 1948, many Americans, including many members of Truman's own Democratic party, were opposed to civil rights. But Truman did what he thought was right, despite some major political risks."

A variety of special events and programs is planned around the exhibition. For more information, call the Truman Library at 1-800-833-1225 .

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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