Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

CONTACT: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245
EVENT: Harry S. Truman 122nd Birthday Anniversary Week Events
LOCATION: Truman Presidential Museum & Library,
U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware

Harry S. Truman Birthday Week events at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

Independence, Mo. - Independence, Mo. - The 122nd Birthday of President Harry S. Truman will be celebrated May 5 - 13th at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. In conjunction with Harry Truman's Birthday, the Museum will be opening an additional section titled "The Living Legacy" within the permanent exhibit "Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years." "The Living Legacy" highlights some of the institutions, foundations, buildings, and awards that have been named to honor the legacy of the nation's 33rd President. Included, along with a number of others, are the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award and the Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service, both of which will be given to prominent Americans during this series of events honoring President Truman.

Highlights of the week at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library include $1 admission on Saturday, May 6, and a Truman Birthday Celebration film series each day at 2:00 p.m. The President's birthday, May 8, is marked by a wreath laying ceremony and free birthday cake.

Friday, May 5, 2006, 7:00 p.m. City of Independence Award for Public Service
Truman Presidential Museum, Portico
Admission is free
Each year the City of Independence honors Harry S. Truman by presenting the Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service to an individual who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty and integrity that distinguished Harry S. Truman. This year the award will be given to Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO). A public reception follows the event. For information call the City of Independence: 325-7022.

Saturday, May 6, 2006 "Buck Stops Here" Admission for $1.00
The buck stops at the Truman Museum on May 6 with admission reduced to $1.00 all day as part of the City of Independence's Truman Birthday celebration. Other Independence tourism attractions also offer reduced rates.

May 6 - May 13, 2006, 2:00 p.m. Truman Birthday Celebration Film Series
Truman Museum Auditorium
Free with museum admission
Daily showings of rarely seen motion pictures from the Truman Library's audiovisual archives.

May 6
Edward R. Murrow, subject of the Academy Award winning Good Night and Good Luck, interviews former President Truman. From the CBS production See It Now (1958)

May 7
Two films from the early years of the Truman Library. Man from Independence (1955) was produced to raise funds for the building of the Truman Library. In the CBS production Let's Take a Trip (1957), President Truman escorts two children through the new Harry S. Truman Library.

May 8
Two programs to celebrate Truman's birthday. At 11 a.m., "The Truman diamond Jubilee," a television program broadcast in 1959 on the occasion of Truman's 75th birthday; and, at 2 p.m., two fun films to continue the birthday mood--segments from daughter Margaret Truman's 1951 appearance on the Jimmy Durante Show, and a 1959 broadcast of the Jack Benny Show filmed at the Truman Library and featuring a guest appearance by the former President.

May 9
Three newsreels are highlighted:
Truman Faces New Job with Confidence (Universal, 1945),
Trip to Berlin (Paramount, 1945) and
The Friendship Train (Warner Brothers, 1947).

May 10
Excerpts of the coverage following President Truman's death in 1972, including NBC footage of the funeral and a CBS retrospective, The Friends of Harry S. Truman.

May 11
Historical roots of current events in Iran are covered in The Smallest Nation, which looks at tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States in Iran in 1946. This film is one of 26 episodes from the 1964 syndicated television series Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman.

May 12
Local footage from KCMO of post-Presidential activities including a 1960 news conference with John F. Kennedy and segments from 1965-1972, which include some of Mr. Truman's last public appearances.

May 13
A David Susskind interview with President Truman, Open End (1960), covering such topics as retirement, young people, American morality, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and the United Nations.

Monday, May 8, 2006,
Truman Museum Courtyard
Free with museum admission
The annual American Legion Pilgrimage Wreath Laying observes Harry S. Truman's 122nd Birthday by laying wreaths at his gravesite. Representatives of over fifty American Legion posts will participate in ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. that include a color guard procession and a memorial address. Museum visitors may observe from the Courtyard or the Legacy Gallery.
The Museum will open at 8:30 a.m.
A special showing of the film Truman Diamond Jubilee occurs at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium.
Free Birthday Cake will be served to patrons by museum volunteers beginning at 1:30 p.m



The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call (816)268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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