Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218

NATIONAL POLITICAL ANALYST, DAVID GERGEN, TO SPEAK AT THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES ON PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORS

Independence, MO - May 31, 2001 -David Gergen, a nationally renowned political analyst and advisor to four different U.S. Presidents, is the featured speaker at the second Presidential Advisors Lecture at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. The lecture, scheduled for Thursday evening, June 14, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the museum's auditorium in Independence.

Currently an editor at-large for U.S. News & World Report, Gergen will discuss the role of a presidential advisor, relating his experiences with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. Admission to the lecture is $5 per person and includes admission to the museum. Seat reservations can be made by calling the Central Ticket office at 816/235-6222. In addition, the Truman Museum's newest exhibit "Restoring the White House: 1948-1952 Photographs by Abbie Roe," will be open for a "sneak preview" beginning at 5:00 p.m.

For more than a quarter of a century, Gergen has been a part of the American political scene as a journalist, commentator, editor, teacher and public servant. He regularly appears on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and is a member of the Harvard University faculty as a professor of public service.

Gergen's lecture is the second of a series by and about Presidential Advisors that will take place in the museum on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Following Gergen, on July 26, former Truman Advisor Truman Gibson and Chicago Sun Times political editor Steve Neal will present a program on "Desegregation of the Armed Forces." Gibson was a Presidential Advisor to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. The fourth lecture in the series, scheduled for August 16, will feature former special assistant to President Truman, Ken Hechler. Hechler will be signing copies of his book, "Working with Truman" after the lecture.

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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