For Immediate Release: January 11, 1999
Contacts: Jeffrey Byrne
816-268-8200 , Ext. 297
Harry S. Truman Library Institute

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

GALA RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCE BY CAPITOL STEPS HIGHLIGHT 5OTH ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMAN INAUGURATION

- January 20 Event a Fund Raiser for Harry S. Truman Library Learning Center -

(Independence, Mo.) - On January 20, 1949, Kansas City celebrated the Presidential Inauguration of one of it's own - Harry S. Truman. Fifty years later, Kansas Citians will celebrate the anniversary of President Truman's Inauguration with a grand reception at the historic Muehlebach Hotel beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by the Capitol Steps, a nationally known political satirist and musical group, at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater. The event will benefit the Harry S. Truman Library Learning Center.

Honorary chairmen Mary Shaw Branton, David McCullough and Beth K. Smith along with co-chairmen Colleen Foudree and Nancy Lee Kemper, will host the event on behalf of the 50th Anniversary Inaugural Committee. The public is welcome to attend with a paid ticket.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. reception at the Muehlebach Hotel and the 8 p.m. performance at the Folly Theater are available at $125 per person and may be reserved through the Truman Library Institute by calling 816-268-8200 . Limited seating is also available for the Capitol Steps performance ONLY. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for $55 each by calling (913) 931-3330. All tickets must be reserved by January 19. There will be no on-site sales. For more information, please call the Truman Library Institute at 816-268-8200 .

The fund raising event will benefit the Harry S. Truman Library Learning Center. The Learning Center, scheduled to be completed at the Harry S. Truman Library in 2001, will provide experiential learning for students in grades 7-12. The goal of the Learning Center is to build students' decision-making skills and commitment to civic responsibility, while strengthening their knowledge of American history, government and civics, through interactive role-playing as student "Presidential advisors."

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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