For Immediate Release: January 23, 1998
Contact: Linda Lape, 220-6548

Blue River Community College to host "Dear Bess" program luncheons

Blue River Community College and the Harry S. Truman Library present two program luncheons highlighting Bess Wallace Truman's life. The events are in celebration of the library's "Dear Bess: Love Letters from the President" exhibit.

Lunch with Bess and Mamie features a lively portrayal of Bess Wallace Truman and Mamie Eisenhower by actresses Claudette Walker and Kay Kuhlman. As "Bess" and "Mamie" exchange stories about their days in the White House, guests will enjoy an elegant meal by Kasmo's Catering; the menu includes Bess's famous Ozark pudding. Lunch with Bess and Mamie begins at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Room 100 of the Independence Campus, Blue River Community College, 20301 E. 78 Hwy. Admission is $21. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. To make reservations, please call 816-220-6547.

The "Dear Bess" panel discussion/brown bag lunch is an informative examination of Bess Wallace Truman and the "Dear Bess" letters. Dr. George Curtis, former assistant director of the Harry S. Truman Library will facilitate. Panelists will include Sue Gentry, who for many years covered the Truman story for the Independence Examiner, and library personnel Elizabeth Safly and Patricia Dorsey, who discovered the "Dear Bess" letters in 1981. The event begins at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Room 100 of the Independence Campus, Blue River Community College, 20301 E. 78 Hwy. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Guests may bring their own brown bag lunches or order a box lunch for $5. To make reservations and/or order a box lunch, please call 816-220-6547. The panel discussion may be viewed via teleconference at the Telecommunication Centers of the Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley Community Colleges.

The Harry S. Truman Library's "Dear Bess: Love Letters from the President" exhibit features 1,322 handwritten letters from President Truman to Bess Wallace Truman from the start of their courtship in 1910 through their post-presidential retirement in Independence. Also on display will be dozens of artifacts from the museum's collection. The exhibit will open Feb. 12, 1998 to Jan. 5, 1999. For more information call 816-268-8200 .

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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