For Immediate Release: October 30, 1997
Contacts: Larry Hackman
816-268-8200 , Ext. 223
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


(Independence, Mo.) - The Harry S. Truman Library Institute has moved $4 million closer to its goal of a major museum renovation. The U.S. House and Senate have included $4 million in the 1998 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration which is earmarked to enhance the public areas at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

The funding will be combined with a $4 million appropriation last year to support building repairs, handicapped accessibility, a new video theater, new temporary exhibit galleries, and to prepare the Library for additional new permanent exhibits.

"This infusion of public support for this renovation effort is a major boost," said former U.S. Senator Thomas F. Eagleton. "We have had tremendous support from the Missouri delegation in both chambers as well as from other Senators and members of Congress. The Truman Library has been called a national treasure and this funding is an appropriate long-term investment in this national landmark." Eagleton is a member of the board and immediate past president of the Truman Library Institute, the private support organization for the Truman Library and Museum.

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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