Hail to the Chief – Harry Truman’s 125th Birthday
Friends of Truman Library Provide Leadership and Funds for Truman125,
the Yearlong Commemoration of President Truman’s Life and Legacy
INDEPENDENCE, MO— May 8, 2009 marks the 125th birthday of Harry Truman, and his presidential library is preparing a celebration worthy of America’s 33rd commander-in-chief.
The yearlong celebration includes the premiere of a new photo exhibit, Truman125: A Life in Photographs; the re-opening of Truman’s Working Office; monthly Talkin’ Truman programs; reduced Museum admission; a Veterans Day Salute to Captain Harry and the Doughboys of Battery D; a special appearance by ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts at the Truman Library Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, Wild About Harry, and much more. (Please refer to attached event details).
Truman125 events are made possible by support by and through the Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Leadership has been provided by a national committee of volunteers, spearheaded by honorary chairs Adele and Donald Hall.
“The Halls have been outstanding supporters of the Truman Library for many years,” said Truman Library Institute chair William C. Nelson. “Through the Hall Family Foundation, Adele and Don generously contributed lead gifts for the Classroom for Democracy Campaign, Truman Working Office Campaign, and traveling exhibitions, such as Churchill and the Great Republic. Their vision and dedication have, quite literally, helped bring Truman’s presidential library into the 21st century.”
Joining the Halls on the Truman125 Honorary Committee are Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s eldest grandson; author David McCullough; U.S. Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill; U.S. Representatives Ike Skelton, Dennis Moore, and Emanuel Cleaver; and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, to name a few.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of support for Truman125,” said Nelson. “The yearlong celebration will be one of inspiration, reflection and action as the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute continue to fulfill the joint mission of advancing the legacy of one of our nation’s greatest leaders.”
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