Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2003
Contacts: Ray Geselbracht, 816-268-8212
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Event: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2003 " The Biographers Define Truman's Significance": A presentation by Robert Farrell and Alonzo Hamby
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library,
U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware.


Truman Biographers give presentation on the Significance of Truman's Presidency

Independence, MO - On Thursday night, July 17, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. the Truman Presidential Museum & Library will present a lively discussion by two of Truman's biographers. Truman scholars Alonzo Hamby and Robert Ferrell will meet on the stage of the Truman Presidential Museum auditorium in a program entitled, "The Biographers Define Truman's Significance." Hamby, Ferrell and David McCullough all wrote biographies of Truman in the mid 1990"s. Hamby is the author of Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman and Ferrell wrote Harry S. Truman: A Life. This public program is free with museum admission, but seating is limited. To make your reservation call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

This public program is being presented in as a part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Truman's departure from office in 1953. While in Independence, Hamby and Ferrell are also participating in a special conference for teachers, "Harry's Farewell: A Conference on the Historical Significance of the Truman Presidency," which takes place at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library from July 15 through July 18. The participants in the conference will be Truman scholars from around the country and teachers from area schools. During 2002-03 school year the Truman Presidential Museum's educational programs served more than 20,000 students and teachers.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 1-800-833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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