Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


January 29, 2010



Susan Medler, communications director

PH 816.268.8245 • FAX 816.268.8299

Presidents Day Weekend

At the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum


Presidents Day weekend is a great time to visit the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and pay tribute to one of America's greatest leaders. This year, festivities include programs honoring the 125th birthday of the former First Lady Bess Wallace Truman, born February 13, 1885. Museum programs and events include…


“Young Bess in Hats”

Saturday, February 13, 2010   11 a.m.

Join us on what would be the 125th birthday of Bess Wallace Truman for an intimate portrait of a famously reticent public figure. Ray Geselbracht, special assistant to the director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, will demonstrate that while Mrs. Truman eschewed the spotlight, her personality shone through her fashions and accessories. From photographs to artifacts, Mrs. Truman’s collection reveals a lively and spirited girl who would one day become First Lady.

This presentation is one in the series of “Talkin’ Truman” programs, offered each Second Saturday at 11 a.m. The program is included with Museum admission; reservations are not required.


“Dear Harry … Love, Bess”

Featuring Clifton Truman Daniel

Saturday, February 13, 2010   2 p.m.

On the 125th anniversary of Bess Wallace Truman’s birth, Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of the former first couple, will share a selection of yet-to-be-published letters from Bess to Harry. Truman’s letters (more than 1,300 of them) are legendary, but until now Bess Truman’s side of the correspondence has been closed to the public or missing (she burned the majority of the letters she wrote to Harry). Clifton Truman Daniel will reveal a selection of the approximately 180 “Dear Harry” letters in a program commemorating the former First Lady’s 125th birthday to paint a picture of his grandmother that is quite different from the unsmiling First Lady remembered by most Americans. Following the program, the Independence Pioneer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual Bess Truman Birthday Tea for all guests.


Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 for general admission seating (first come, first seated). This special event is free with paid Museum admission.


“Cookies with the President”

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meet Harry S. Truman, as portrayed by historical re-enactor Niel Johnson (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.), and sample treats from the Presidential Cookies cookbook. Museum visitors will be able to sample Amy Carter’s peanut butter cookies, President Grant’s lemon drops, John Quincy Adams’ favorite molasses cookies, chocolate almond tuiles served in the Kennedy White House, Bess Truman’s coconut balls and more. Cookies will be served by Museum volunteers while they last.



Permanent Museum Exhibitions
Harry S. Truman Presidential Years  |  Truman Life and Times

Step into a replica of President Truman’s Oval Office, visit the Museum Store, and take in the museum’s two permanent exhibitions, Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years and Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times. The Presidential Years begins with an introductory film by Academy Award-winner Charles Guggenheim. In the exhibit, you will become immersed in the social, cultural and political climate surrounding Truman’s remarkable presidency and his decisions regarding the atomic bomb, Communist aggression, segregation, and more. Included in this exhibit are two “Decision Theatres,” interactive audiovisual experiences that draw you into the drama and complexity of important issues, still relevant today. The second permanent exhibition, Life and Times, follows the life of Truman, from his birth in Lamar, Missouri, through his rise to power. The exhibition features many family-friendly interactive activities, including a station where children can make their own campaign buttons.


Hours and Admission

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Museum admission is free for children 5 and under, $3 for youths 6-15, $8 for adults, and $7 for senior adults 65 and older. To schedule group visits to the Museum, please call (816) 268-8221.  For all other information, call (800) 833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.



The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library has inspired millions of visitors. Step into a replica of Truman’s Oval Office, test your presidential mettle with interactive exhibits, and discover the powerful stories of an era that continues to shape our world today.


The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.



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