Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2002
Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 . Public Relations/Marketing, or
Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218 . Director of Public and External Programs.

The Harry S. Truman Library Institute receives Kauffman Foundation Grant
to continue Educational Outreach.

The Harry S. Truman Library Institute is proud to announce it has received a grant of $100,000 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support educational outreach programs for central city schools, and to proceed with the first year of a three year program of colloquiums, workshops, and professional development opportunities for teachers. This educational program is to improve the teaching of American history in the Kansas City area.

The grant will allow the Truman Library Institute to present a colloquium in July 2003, titled "Harry's Farewell" and focus on the historical significance of Truman's presidency. The colloqium will bring together nationally recognized scholars and American history teachers from the Kansas City area to discuss the most recent historical thinking relating to aspects of Truman's presidency and the best ways of bringing these ideas into the classroom. In addition, a series of workshops will bring teachers into contact with educational experts who can advise them on ways to effectively use historical evidence and concepts in teaching American history. Teachers will enhance their skills as educators and will become advocates of new ways of teaching American history and mentors to other teachers who want to bring the new methods into their classrooms.

The grant will also allow the Truman Library Institute to continue outreach activities that they have been engaged in, for two years. These activities include:

  • In-service training to teachers and other informational programs to teachers and school administrators.
  • Providing of educational products to teachers, including the popular Truman Footlocker, containing Truman related replicas and teaching lessons, document based games such as "Top Secret World War II" and "The Spy's Dilemma," and the map interpretation game, "The Hunt for Harry Truman".
  • The development and providing of curriculum materials to complement student visits to Truman Library exhibits.
  • The coordination of the visits of school groups to the Truman Museum.

    "This grant gives us a real chance to change history education in the Kansas City area in ways that everyone wants and will be great for the kids," Truman Library director Mike Devine said. "I am grateful to the Kauffman Foundation for giving us this opportunity. It's a challenge, but I believe we can work with the teachers to do what should be done, because we all believe in the kids. They are what is most important."

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

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