Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218


Independence, MO, April 12, 2001 --A series of special events, highlighted by the 2001 Truman Public Service Award presentation on May 4, will take place early next month to commemorate the 117th anniversary of Harry S. Trumanıs birthday. The man from Independence, who became the 33rd President of the United States, was born May 8, 1884.

The events begin on May 4 and run through May 10.

May 4 - The late Governor Mel Carnahan will be awarded the 2001 Truman Public Service Award posthumously during the ceremonies on the front steps of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. The annual event, sponsored by the City of Independence, is scheduled to get under way at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Independence Mayor Ron Stewart will present the Truman Public Service Award to Senator Jean Carnahan D-Missouri, who will accept in honor of her husband.

May 5 ­ In honor of Trumanıs Anniversary, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, along with other Independence sites and attractions, will be offering $1 admission all day.

May 8 - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library will host two wreath-laying ceremonies beginning at 9:00 a.m. The traditional Presidential wreath ceremony, with an honor guard from Ft. Leavenworth, for members of the Truman family and honorary fellows at the gravesite will be followed by a second wreath laying ceremony by the American Legion posts from the Midwest. Both events are open to museum visitors in the Museum Auditorium. Admission is free until 11:00am.

May 8 - The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Society will sponsor a luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel in the Plaza, offering a tribute to Harry S. Truman with former U.S. Senator Bob Dole as a special honoree guest. For more information, Call the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation (816-561-2008).

May 10 - A panel discussion on Launching a Presidency, featuring four national political analysts and moderated by The History Channel host and former national news anchor Roger Mudd, will be held in the Truman Museum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The panelists are Richard V. Allen, former National Security Advisor; John P. Burke, professor of political science; Haynes Johnson, author and journalist; and John Sununu, former White House Chief of Staff. The program, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institutionıs National Portrait Gallery and the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, will include a viewing of the exhibition "Portraits of the Presidents" from the National Portrait Gallery. Limited seating in the auditorium requires reservations, which can be made by calling Central Ticket Office at 816-235-2700.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library, which reopened to the public on March 1, is in the midst of an extensive $22.5 million renovation project that will continue through the year 2002. Two temporary exhibits are currently featured at the Truman Museum. They are the Smithsonian Institutionıs National Portrait Gallery Portraits of the Presidents and Mount Vernon in Miniature, a detailed model of the home of the nationıs first President.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yearıs Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information call 1-800-833-1225 or visit the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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