For Immediate Release: March 27, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


$7.9 Million Contract Awarded for Truman Library Renovation

Truman Library and Truman Library Institute move forward on construction
for "Classroom for Democracy" renovation project.

(Independence, Mo.) – The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one step closer to beginning its major renovations in May 2000 with the award of a $7.9 million contract to the Walton Construction Company of Kansas City, Mo.

In partnership with the Truman Library Institute, the Library has been raising funds for the building renovation and for its "Classroom for Democracy" programs. The overall goal of the campaign is $22.5 million.

The contract award to the Walton Construction Company was announced by the National Capital Region of the General Services Administration. The contract is supported by a special federal appropriation for the Truman Library renovation allocated through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of which the Library is a part. The renovation contract also includes $1.5 million in non-federal donations contributed through the non-profit Truman Library Institute.

The work under the contract with Walton Construction includes the physical renovation of the 42-year old building. These renovations will include preparing space on two floors for new permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, constructing rooms for the new Truman Library Decision Center for students, upgrading the museum lobby, constructing a new video theater, expanding the museum’s gift shop, modernizing the auditorium and expanding public meeting rooms in the museum’s east wing. The funding also will be used to upgrade the museum’s security system, parking lots, environmental controls, stairways, lighting and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The $1.5 million in donations contributed through the Truman Library Institute will be used to construct a two-level addition in the existing courtyard. The addition will feature a new gallery, which will summarize the remarkable aspects of the Truman presidency. The lower level will house a portion of the new White House Decision Center, an experiential learning center for high school students.

Renovations at the Truman Library will encompass 39,000 square feet of existing galleries and exhibits, and will include 4,500 square feet of new construction.

"Now, after more than forty years since the Library first opened, we can prepare for the next exciting chapter in the Library’s service as a premier cultural attraction and educational center," said Library Director Larry Hackman. "We are one step closer to fulfilling the dream we and our supporters have that this Presidential library will be a ‘Classroom for Democracy’ for all ages."

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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