Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218


Nation's Leading Scholars Take A 50th Anniversary Look at Conflict

October, 2001, KANSAS CITY, MO - Scholars and historians will gather in Kansas City this fall for a unique conference on the origins and legacy of the Korean War. This three-day conference, conducted jointly by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the conflict and will be staged at two sites on October 25-27.

The Legacy of Korea: A 50th Anniversary Conference, will feature some of the nation's leading historians and scholars of the Korean War, who will lead discussions and lectures. Korean-Americans, Korean war veterans, scholars and teachers will be particularly interested in the information and discussion offered at this conference.

The sessions will get under way on Thursday evening, October 25, with an opening forum, "Origins of the Korean War-Point/Counterpoint," at UMKC's Pierson Auditorium, University Center, 50th St. and Rockhill Rd, featuring three distinguished panelists. They are Bruce Cumings, author of the definitive Origins of the Korean War; Vladislav Zubok, Senior fellow at the National Securities Archive and author of Inside the Kremlin's Cold War; and Jian Chen, author of China's Road to the Korean War. The 7:00 p.m. presentation will include a welcome by Dr. Michael Devine, the new Director of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library with panel introductions and moderation by Dennis Merrill, Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A question and answer program following the presentation. This opening forum is free and open to the public. Seat reservations should be made by calling Central ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

The next two days of the conference, which will take an in-depth look into the war and its legacy, will be held at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Independence, MO. Sessions on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, begin at 8:00 a.m. A $50 per person registration fee for the two days will include program materials plus a breakfast and lunch each of the days. UMKC is also offering one hour of graduate continuing education/history credit for an additional fee of $89.55.

Registration information is available at trumanlibrary.org or by calling 816-268-8238

Other leading scholars and historians involved in the second and third days of the conference include Gregory Black, Professor of Communication Studies and American Studies at UMKC; Thomas Doherty, a Brandeis University professor; Melvyn P. Leffler, Professor of History at the University of Virginia; James I. Matray, Professor of History at New Mexico State University; Lary May, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota; Alan Nadel, Professor of Literature at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute; Tom Poe, Professor of Communcation Studies at UMKC; David Reimers, a New York University professor; William Stueck, Professor of History at the University of Georgia and Tony Williams, Professor of Film History at Southern Illinois University. Maija Devine, a Korean born writer will also share her memories of the war.

Korean War Veterans will raise and lower the American Flag. The Korean American Society of Greater Kansas City will provide traditional Korean food at the conferences' closing reception at noon on Saturday.

The Legacy of Korea: A 50th Anniversary Conference is presented by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is funded in part by the Truman Library Institute's "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" fund. The partnership between UMKC and the Truman Presidential Museum & Library provides an opportunity for the two institutions to join resources as they assume leadership in providing forums for public discussion of history and public policy. Together, UMKC and the Truman Museum are able to strengthen their mutual commitment to education and service to the community. For more information on the Truman Presidential Museum & Library visit www.trumanlibrary.org. For more information on the University of Missouri-Kansas City visit www.umkc.edu.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. 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 and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

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

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