Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
PH 816.268.8245
FAX 816.268.8299

Truman Library to Host Third Annual
“Independence Appreciation Day” Saturday, Jan. 9

Special offerings include kid-approved professional puppet show,
“Hats Off to Harry!”

Truman loved Independence…and so does the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. To honor the hometown of America’s 33rd President and to thank the city for its support, the Truman Library will host the third annual Independence Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 9, 2010.

Special offerings for all Museum visitors include:

  • FREE Children’s Puppet Show, Hats Off to Harry!, at 11 a.m.*
  • FREE Guided Museum Tours at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.*
  • FREE Kids’ Activities: Make-and-take campaign buttons and Buck Stops Here signs*
  • PLUS, Meet Harry Truman!  (As portrayed by Niel Johnson, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
     *Free with Museum admission

In addition, Independence residents will receive discounted Museum admission. With proof of residence, adults will save $1 off regular admission; children 15 and younger will be admitted free.

“This is a wonderful way to thank our hometown, and to remind Independence residents that their city boasts one of our nation’s finest history museums,” said Susan Medler, communications director. “On this special day, a family of four can visit the Museum for as little as $14 —and easily spend a full morning or afternoon exploring the interactive exhibits, watching the films, and browsing the Museum Store.”

Young visitors, especially, will be delighted by Hats Off to Harry!, a professional puppet show created in partnership with the acclaimed Puppetry Arts Institute. Humorous (and historically accurate) tales from Harry Truman’s childhood introduce youngsters to the ordinary Missouri farm boy who grew up to be an extraordinary American president. The fast-paced, entertaining show was commissioned for the 125th birthday of President Truman and received “two thumbs up” from kids of all ages at its 2009 premiere. The puppet show will be followed by a finger-puppet craft and is included with Museum admission. Residents outside Independence will pay regular rates ($3 Youth; $8 Adult; free for kids 5 and younger).

Add to that the opportunity to view the nationally acclaimed photo exhibit, Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, and Independence Appreciation Day offers an unbeatable value for all Museum visitors.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Library has welcomed more than 8 million visitors and attracts approximately 100,000 people annually. The Museum, hailed as America’s “best presidential museum” (Dallas Morning News), offers numerous attractions and exhibits with dozens of interactive and hands-on activities designed for the entire family. Step into a replica of Truman’s Oval Office, test your presidential potential in two multi-media “decision theaters,” and experience some of the most dramatic chapters in America’s history.

The Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission fees: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $3 ages 6-15, and under 6, free.

Independence Appreciation Day admission discounts will be offered exclusively to Independence residents, who may present a driver’s license or utility bill as proof of residence.

For more information, please call 268-8200 or visit TrumanLibrary.org.

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