For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Edeen Martin 816-268-8218
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
or Steffany Hedenkamp 816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

- Historic exhibition on display from February 5 through April 30, 2000 -

(Independence, Mo.) - Many Americans could tell you exactly where they were the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Or the day the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show. Many remember being amazed by the tricks of Harry Houdini, and frightened by the blast-off of Sputnik.

Fortunately, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., has preserved these incredible moments in history in their new exhibition, "Looking Back on the American Century." From Feb. 5 through April 15, 2000, museum visitors will experience some of the greatest events and people of the 20th Century through the original artifacts they've left behind.

From Charles Lindbergh's flight suit and Amelia Earhart's pilot's license, to James Dean's motorcycle and a stage suit worn by Elvis, more than three dozen artifacts highlight this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Also on display will be a propeller from the Wright Brothers' airplane, the original safety plug from the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, a full-size Model-T Roadster, and the 1932 Academy Award presented to Walt Disney for the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Photographs of many of the major events and personalities of the century will complement the artifacts.
Advance tickets to "Looking Back on the American Century" (free with the price of museum admission) are available by calling Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-2700.

"Looking Back on the American Century" is both a retrospective of the past 100 years and a representation of the kind of important historic artifacts that will be featured at the Truman Library in the future," said Truman Library Director Larry Hackman. "The show represents the final exhibition to be featured at the Truman Library before it undergoes an extensive renovation to create new permanent exhibits as well as a multi-media Learning Center on Decision Making and Citizenship."

Library renovations will begin in May 2000. New permanent exhibitions and the Learning Center will help transform the Truman Library into its revitalized role as a "Classroom for Democracy."

As visitors conclude their tour of the "Looking Back on the American Century" exhibit, they will see what changes are in store for the Truman Library. In a series of graphic panels, a companion exhibit will describe, in detail, the upcoming renovation. Also on display will be a large designer's model of a proposed new permanent exhibition on the Truman Presidency, which will open to the public beginning May 2001.

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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