For Immediate Release: , 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
816-268-8218
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

The Harry S. Truman Library Institute's "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" Capital Campaign:

How Will the Money Be Used?

Funding generated by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute's $22.5 million "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" campaign will support three key areas: Pace-Setting Exhibits and Educational Spaces, Outreach and Public Programs, and Annual Operations Support. These exhibits and programs will offer broad and enduring service to the citizens of Greater Kansas City, the state of Missouri, the nation and the world.

I. Pace-Setting Exhibits and Educational Spaces
The state of Missouri's appropriations of $2 million to the Truman Library Institute will help support the first of the three parts: Pace-Setting Exhibits and Educational Spaces. Two new galleries and a Learning Center make up this area. The total budget needed to complete this part of the renovation is $9.38 million.

The Presidential Galleries exhibits will focus on the major policies, decisions and events of the Truman Administration, and summarize the legacy of the Truman presidency. The Life and Times Galleries will be artifact-rich exhibits that tell the story of Harry Truman's personal life and illuminate the events that contributed to the unique character of "The Man from Missouri." The Learning Center on Decision Making and Citizenship, a center designed for student groups, will challenge up to sixty students each day to stand in for President Truman and his advisors as they make decisions of great consequence.

II. Outreach and Public Programs
The Truman Library's expanded outreach programming will include temporary and traveling exhibits, a worldwide documentary access initiative for electronic access to the most valuable of the Library's fifteen million archival documents, and expanded public programs and events.

III. Annual Operations Support
Five-year funding of the Truman Library Institute will help support research grants, special one-time programs or projects that generally benefit the Library, promotion and advertising, and the on-going operations of the Institute during the next five years.


BUDGET BREAKDOWN
Total Budget: $22.5 Million

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. 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, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

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

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