Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


For Immediate Release: January 28, 2004
Contact: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245, Media Relations
Event: David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower Celebrate Bess Truman's Birthday
Date: 2 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2004
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library


David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Help Celebrate Bess Truman's Birthday

Independence, MO - February 13, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library will celebrate Bess Wallace Truman's 119th Birthday with a presentation by David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower titled, "The White House Years of David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower." The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Museum Auditorium.

"Bess Truman's Birthday is one of the most festive days at the Truman Library," director Mike Devine said, "a time when we break away from daily business for an hour or two and remember our First Lady by recalling in some way the White House life she lived. I am as delighted as can be that they're coming to share this special day with us."

David Eisenhower is the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a senior research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, and the editor-in-chief of ORBIS, the journal of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His book, Eisenhower at War, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower is the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon. She serves as vice chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, which helps at-risk young people, and is the chairperson of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. She is a lifelong volunteer with a special devotion to helping young people. She is also an author or editor of three books, including the best-selling Pat Nixon: The Untold Story.

The Eisenhowers' presentation is cosponsored by the Independence Pioneer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their traditional Bess Truman Birthday Tea for program participants will follow the presentation.

The event is open to the public and is free with museum admission. Reservations are necessary. Please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

A Valentine "Love Story" Program
February 14

Saturday, February 14, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library will celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day with a performance by the Truman Players of "The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman." This program uses the letters Harry and Bess Truman wrote one another, as well as photographs of them at different stages of their life, to
reveal the remarkable and long-enduring love they felt for one another. The program is free with museum admission.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call (816) 833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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