For Immediate Release: February 24, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
816-268-8200 , Ext. 257
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

TRUMAN LIBRARY GETS UP-CLOSE
AND PERSONAL WITH THE FIRST FAMILIES

– Photo exhibition on display from February 20 through April 29, 2000 –

(Independence, Mo.) – The public has long been fascinated with the private lives of the American President and his family. From the "Camelot" days of the Kennedys to the astrologer’s visit to the Reagan White House, the inner lives of the First Family have often been the subject of public scrutiny and curiosity.

Through the eyes of photographer Harry Benson, The Truman Library is now offering an intimate look into the lives of First Families in the new exhibition, First Families: An Intimate Portrait from the Kennedys to the Clintons. From Feb. 20 through April 29, 2000, museum visitors will journey through three decades of the "unseen" White House, as Benson captured the behind-the-scenes moments of eight First Families.

Benson’s technical expertise and speed made him a favorite with editors looking for inside shots at the White House. His respect for the schedules of the First Families gave him entry behind the scenes when others were turned away.

Benson has worked for several European and American newspapers and magazines. He has photographed every president and his family for the past 30 years. Images included in "First Families" are:

"First Families: An Intimate Portrait From the Kennedys to the Clintons offers a retrospective of recent U.S. Presidents and their families through elegant and unexpected images," said Truman Library Director Larry Hackman. "Harry Benson’s remarkable work gives us a unique look into the real personalities behind the Presidency."

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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