For Immediate Release: August 26, 1999

Contacts: Jeffrey Byrne, Harry S. Truman Library Institute

Michelle Manuel or Steffany Carrel
Barkley Evergreen & Partners
(816) 842-1500


Senator Kit Bond Announces Federal Funding for Museum Renovation

(Independence, Mo.) - Standing in front of a crowd today at the Truman Library, Senator Kit Bond announced the federal government's appropriation of $8 million for the Truman Library Institute's "Creating A Classroom for Democracy" capital campaign. The campaign hopes to raise an overall $22.5 million for major renovations to the museum, which are set to begin in May 2000.

The federal funding will be used for the physical renovation of the 42-year old building, explained Truman Library Director Larry Hackman. These renovations will include preparing space on two floors for new permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, constructing rooms for the new Truman Library Learning Center, 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 Kansas City firm Gould Evans Goodman is the architect for the museum renovations.

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. The federal government's appropriation contributes approximately one-third to the overall project budget. This announcement comes on the heels of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan's announcement on July 28 of $2 million in state funding for the project, which will partially support two new permanent exhibits as well as a Learning Center on Decision Making and Citizenship. On Sept. 17 the Truman Library Institute will announce the progress of the capital campaign and identify major private donors.

The federal appropriations will be allocated to the Truman Library project through the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). 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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