Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2004
Event: Harry S. Truman Memories Project
Date: April 1, 2004 * June 15, 2004
Contact: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245, Media Relations or David Clark, 816-268-8207, Archivist.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Jackson County Historical Society
to sponsor Harry S. Truman Memories Project

Independence, MO - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Jackson County Historical Society invite everyone to participate in their Harry S. Truman Memories Project beginning April 1 and ending June 15, 2004. This project is undertaken in conjunction with the recent opening of the Truman Museum's new permanent exhibition, "Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times."

Harry Truman lived most of his life in Jackson County, and it was always his home, even when he served as U.S. Senator, Vice President, and President of the United States. The people of Jackson County were his friends and neighbors, and many people still remember their acquaintance with him. Many of these memories of Truman are precious and should be preserved as part of the historical record.

Items for submission can include a good photograph or a shot of film you took of Harry Truman, a letter or an important gift, or if you came into possession of some photographs of him, letters written by him or objects relating to him. Submit your record of memory, the letters you have received or photograph, film or object to the Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

Entries for the project will be accepted from April 1 to June 15. They can be in either of two categories:
* Personal accounts of important or interesting encounters with Harry Truman, recorded in writing or by electronic means (audiotape, videotape, etc.).
* Letters from Harry Truman; photographs or films showing him; or objects given by or relating to him. (Either original materials or copies may be submitted. Photographs of objects may be submitted. Objects or photographs of objects should always be accompanied by descriptive information, in either written or oral history form.)
Multiple submissions and submissions in both categories are welcome. Please do not submit newspaper or magazine articles or other similar published items.

Original materials (letters, photographs, films) will be returned; copies of materials, audiotapes, videotapes, and other recording media will not be.

A Committee of Judges will select especially worthy entries in each of the two categories. Winning entries will be exhibited in the Truman Museum during the summer months.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Jackson County Historical Society may invite some participants to donate their entries (or copies of them made by the Truman Museum) to their permanent collections.

For more details on the Truman Memories Project or to obtain additional entry forms visit us at www.trumanlibrary.org/memories or call 816-268-8387.

The Jackson County Historical Society is located at 129 W. Lexington, Independence, MO 64050. For more information, call 816-461-1897 or visit www.jchs.org.

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 (816) 833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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