Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2002
CONTACT: 816-268-8245
Event: FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library, U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware
Dates: Sunday, June 9 - Sunday, July 28, 2002

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library features
"FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World."

Independence, Mo. - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library will bring back epochal moments and history-making events, when, on Sunday, June 9, 2002, it unveils a special exhibition, FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World. The exhibition brings together more than 130 of the AP's greatest news photographs, including many Pulitzer Prize winners. Many of these photographs, literally seen by millions of people every day, have become icons of events in world history. They include the famous image of the American flag being raised on Iwo Jima, the fiery crash of the Hindenburg, Harry Truman grinning broadly as he displays the newspaper headline "Dewey Defeats Truman," the lone Chinese protester defying a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square, and many others. The exhibition runs through July 28, 2002.

The Associated Press, founded in 1848, is the world's foremost news gathering organization. More than any other source, it shapes the news that Americans and the world see, hear and read every day. Every hour, every minute, in every time zone, in every corner of the world, the AP - as it has for the past 150 years - chronicles the events that change the fabric of life around the planet.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Associated Press Bureau of Missouri and Kansas, will join to present the following three special programs.

1000 Words: Photo Editors Cover the News. June 9, 2 p.m.

·A group of four Missouri news photographers and editors will speak on current topics and perennial challenges in news photography. The panel discussion will include:
Paul Beaver, chief photographer, Independence Examiner; The' Pham, deputy director photography, The Kansas City Star; Larry Coyne, director of photography, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; David Ake, senior national picture editor, The Associated Press and Cliff Schiappa, assistant chief of bureau of Missouri and Kansas will act as moderator.

"The Girl I Love is on the Magazine Cover". June 27, 7 p.m.

·Michael Lasser, lecturer and host for more than 20 years of the nationally-syndicated public radio program "Fascinatin' Rhythm" shares insights in a program of period music, recordings and lively narratives that illustrate how newsworthy political, economic and military issues have established a place in popular culture through song.

Picturing Terrorism: AP photographer Suzanne Plunkett shares her work on 9/11 and the Afghan War. July 11, 7 p.m.

Suzanne Plunkett, a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in New York City, was one of the first photo journalists to arrive on the scene of the World Trade Center when the twin towers were attacked on September 11. She will show her photos and offer an added perspective to the whole story of world terrorism as she recently returned from assignment in Afghanistan where she covered the strife of Afghans and the efforts by the U.S. military.

The Newseum in Arlington, Virginia organized FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Associated Press in 1998. With the assistance of Smith Kramer, Inc., a fine art service company located in Kansa City, Missouri, this exhibition will travel to approximately fifteen museums across the United States over the next three years.

FLASH! The Associated Press Covers the World is open to the public. Guided tours of the Truman Museum are offered Monday through Saturday at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm and 2:15 pm and Sundays at 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. 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 and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

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

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