FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2003
INDEPENDENCE, MO - March 7, 2003 - The Harry S. Truman and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Libraries are pleased to announce that a new web site "Hoover & Truman: A Presidential Friendship" is now available at /hoover. This web site is a joint project of the two Presidential Libraries.
The basis of the new web site is the study, Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman: A Documentary History, edited by Timothy Walch and Dwight M. Miller. In addition to the documentary history, the web site consists of photographs, oral history interview transcripts, documents, biographical sketches, educational activities and additional resources.
"I think our two Presidents would be proud of the partnership that has resulted in this fine online resource," said Walch, who is Director of the Hoover Library.
The Hoover-Truman relationship begins with a telegram former President Hoover sent to Truman on April 12, 1945, the day Truman succeeded the late Franklin D. Roosevelt as President: "All Americans will wish you strength for your gigantic task. You have the right to call for any service in aid of the country." The relationship developed as the two men worked together on world famine relief and reorganization of the executive branch of the federal government. As private citizens, their friendship continued even though their political views differed. In many ways, Hoover and Truman defined the role of former presidents in public life. The study, which covers a 20 year period, concludes in June 1965, eight months after the death of Herbert Hoover, when former President Truman published a eulogy as the preface to a pictorial biography entitled Herbert Hoover's Challenge to America, His Life and Words.
The web site contains links to digitized images of original documents and photographs as well as links to the Public Papers of the Presidents, which provide the full text of telegrams, speeches, reports and news conferences contained in the book. Additional insight into the relationship between Hoover and Truman can be found through excerpts from interviews with those who knew them. The biographical section provides background information for key individuals involved in the partnership. The educational activities focus on the developing friendship of the two men and allow students to compare this relationship over time.
The creation of this online resource was made possible in part by funding from the William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.
The Truman web site and its educational component, "Project Whistlestop," is a nationally known educational resource. In the past twelve months the site registered 1.2 million visitors and 36 million hits. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is also open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 816-268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library is located at 210 Parkside Drive in West Branch, Iowa. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 319-643-5301 or visit hoover.archives.gov.
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library are two of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.