Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2002
CONTACT: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 , or Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218 .
RUTH BAUM BIGUS, JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER KANSAS CITY
(913) 327-8109; CELL (913) 707-7746
Event: Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard C. Holbrooke speaks
Location: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Auditorium
Address: 4525 Rockhill Rd.
Entrance Through new parking garage


Former Ambassador to the United Nations Speaks on Tolerance and Diplomacy

Richard HolbrookeAmbassador Richard Holbrooke, one of the key players in the Bosnia peace accords, will speak on Wednesday evening, October 30th at 7 p.m. on "Tolerance and Diplomacy at the Negotiation Table." Ambassador Holbrooke's presentation, which will take place in the auditorium of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is sponsored by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City as a part of the Gilbert Lecture Series.

Holbrooke's address is free to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary. Please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Richard Holbrooke was United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1999-2001. As Assistant secretary of State for Europe from 1994 to 1996, Holbrooke was chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. He later served as President Clinton's special Envoy to Bosnia and Kosovo.

"Ambassador Holbrooke has worked on some of the most difficult issues in foreign policy to confront our country and he is an excellent choice for our annual Gilbert Lecture Series," says Truman Museum director Michael Devine. "Sir Arthur Gilbert was interested in increasing tolerance in the modern world and Ambassador Holbrooke is in a position to help us understand what is being done by the United States towards this end."

"We are delighted to partner once again with the Truman Museum," said Todd Stettner, executive director of the Jewish Federation. "Since President Truman was the first world leader to recognize the modern state of Israel, it seems appropriate to carry on his legacy through a lecture series dedicated to the pursuit of tolerance and peace."

Holbrooke received numerous honors for his work in the diplomatic arena including the 2001 Truman Peace Award given by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of the Peace at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. An author of note, Holbrooke will sign copies of his book, To End War, which will be available for purchase at the October 30th lecture.

On Friday, October 31 at 8:30 AM, Holbrooke will also attend an intimate breakfast at the Truman Museum with his wife, author and journalist, Kati Marton. Ms. Marton will be talking about her recent book, Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped our History. The breakfast is open to the public and free with museum admission. Reservations are necessary. Please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

The appearances are part of the speaker series accompanying the exhibition "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" now open at the Truman museum. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution, "The American Presidency" is the largest temporary exhibition ever shown at the museum.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00pm, Sunday from noon - 5:00 PM. The Museum is also open until 9:00pm on Thursdays. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 1-800-833-1225 or visit our web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is to serve those in need and strengthen Jewish identity and renewal in Kansas City, Israel and throughout the world. The organization's offices are located at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St. Suite 201, Overland Park, Kansas. For more information, call (913) 327-8100 or visit the web site at www.jewishkc.org.

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

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