For Immediate Release: November 15, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



(Independence, Mo.) –The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs has named four new members to its board of directors. New members include: General Johnnie E. Wilson, Henry Bloch, J. Grant Burcham, and Mary Hunkeler.

Recommended by General Colin Powell’s office, General Johnnie E. Wilson comes to the Institute Board only recently retired from the U. S. Army. General Wilson has held a wide variety of important command and staff positions culminating in his last assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command, an organization of 80,000 people serving throughout the world. Currently, General Wilson is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dimensions, International, Inc., an information technology company located in Alexandria, Va.

Henry Bloch, Chairman of the Board of H & R Block, also joins the Truman Library Institute Board. Always responsive to community needs, Bloch has long been active in civic affairs in Kansas City. He serves as the director of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and as a director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as well as several other foundations. This highly respected member of the Kansas City community has been honored with many honors throughout his lifetime including Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Council on Corporate Philanthropy and the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America.

J. Grant Burcham has been chosen to serve as the co-chair of the Institute’s Capital Campaign cabinet. Burcham is the President of Missouri Bank and Trust, which has just been selected by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce as the 1999 Small Business of the Year. Burcham has a number of civic affiliations within the community, including serving as vice chairman of the Downtown Council, and as a member of the Civic Council.

Mary Hunkeler, a very active Kansas City community leader, has provided strong volunteer leadership and support to several Kansas City organizations. Hunkeler served on the committee for the Truman Library Institute’s January Inaugural celebration, and she currently serves as an active member of the Institute’s Capital Campaign cabinet. In addition, Hunkeler is a past president of the American Royal and has been very involved with supporting the Children’s Mercy Hospital.

"We are pleased to have on the Institute's Board leaders of such individual achievement and impressive community service," said Larry Hackman, President of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. "We know that they will contribute greatly to the work of the Institute and the Truman Library."

The Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the non-profit partner and support organization for the Truman Library Museum. For more information, please call 816-268-8200 or visit

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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