| FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE: April 17, 2006
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
S. Truman Birthday Week events at the Truman Presidential Museum &
- 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
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)
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.
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
Three newsreels are highlighted:
Truman Faces New Job with Confidence (Universal, 1945),
Trip to Berlin (Paramount, 1945) and
The Friendship Train (Warner Brothers, 1947).
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
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.
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.
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
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.