Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
(Independence, Mo.) - It has been fifty years since President and Mrs. Truman
moved out of the White House so that renovations could begin to reconstruct
the nation's First Residence from the inside. Ceilings, walls and floors were
demolished to build the floor plan of the White House as it stands today.
After more than forty years, The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will undergo major renovations inside its building beginning in May 2000. On Wed., July 28, the Truman Library Institute will announce a capital campaign, "Creating a Classroom for Democracy," to raise money for the renovations. It will be the first announcement in a series of three to notify the public about fundraising progress and the changes planned for the museum.
--More information about events will be sent out prior to each
First Announcement - July 28, 1999 - Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan and Truman Library Director Larry Hackman will launch the "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" capital campaign in a press conference beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the Truman Library. Carnahan will present a check to the Truman Library representing the state's funding. Media will be shown a model of one of the new galleries.
Second Announcement - August 26, 1999 - Sen. Kit Bond will join Larry Hackman in a press conference to discuss the changes to the Library's physical structure. Bond will announce the Federal Government's funding for the Truman Library renovation. Gould Evans Goodman, project manager, will unveil drawings of the new physical plant. The press conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the Truman Library.
Third Announcement - September 17, 1999 - Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry Truman, and Larry Hackman and will announce the progress of the capital campaign in a mock 1940s style White House press conference. Major donors to the capital campaign will be announced at this time. Daniel and Hackman will field questions from reporters from the back of the Ferdinand Magellan, a replica of President Truman's WhistleStop campaign train. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Muehlebach Hotel.
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.