Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


For Immediate Release: April 4, 2005
Contact: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 Media Relations
Event: Commemoration of April 12, 1945
Date: 2:00 p.m. April 12, 2005
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library

Truman Presidential Museum & Library and
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Commemoration of April 12, 1945

This April 12th is the 60th anniversary of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another. On that day in 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died and Vice President Harry S. Truman was sworn in as the new President.

To commemorate this important anniversary, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum are joining together to create a new website about the remarkable relationship that developed between the former First Lady and the new President. The site is based on the research of the late Steve Neal for Eleanor and Harry: The Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. Neal was a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and served on the Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Academic Relations of the Truman Library Institute.

The Eleanor and Harry website will be launched on April 12, at www.trumanlibrary.org/eleanor. The site includes the correspondence between the two in the holdings of the Roosevelt and Truman Libraries, as well as commentary, photographs, and lesson plans for Middle School and High School. Mrs. Roosevelt, whom Truman appointed to the American delegation to the United Nations, was not afraid to offer the President her advice on all the great matters of state, and President Truman sometimes responded bluntly to her suggestions. Their correspondence is at once cordial and deeply engaged in the concerns of postwar America.

Also on April 12, Robert Clark will give a talk at the Truman Library titled, "It is Wonderful to Feel Free-Eleanor Roosevelt After April 12." Clark is the FDR Library's supervisory archivist. The event is at 2 p.m., and is free with museum admission.

The Truman Library will launch another addition to its website on April 12. The new feature, called "Truman Today: Sixty Years ago in the Truman Presidency," will present information, day by day, about what President Truman did on that respective day, sixty years ago. On some important days, he might declare an end to World War II, recognize Israel, or deliver a State of the Union Address; on more ordinary days, he might throw out the first pitch at a ballgame, preside over a White House reception, or celebrate a holiday with his family. Whatever happened will be noted on "Truman Today."

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is also open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission to the museum's permanent exhibits and attractions, is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 816-268- 8200.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is located at 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park, New York. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily November through April, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through October. Admission to the Museum is $7 for adults; children under 16 are free. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 1-800-337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum are two of eleven Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

 

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