FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2003
Contacts: Holly Milledge 816-268-8245 Media Relations, or Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218 , Director of Public Programs.
Event: "Conflict and Consequence: The Korean War and its Unsettled Legacy."
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library, U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware
Presidential Museum & Library presents an exhibition
Independence, MO, June 9, 2003. The Korean War "ended" fifty years ago this summer, and the fragile armistice that stopped the fighting has endured despite years of tension and hostility. That armistice agreement is just one of many original documents and artifacts from the Korean War that will be on display at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Independence beginning this summer. The exhibition, "Conflict and Consequence: The Korean War and its Unsettled Legacy," opens on June 25, 2003 - the 53rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War - and it runs through January 5, 2004. An Opening Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 29th at 2:30 p.m. on the front portico of the Museum. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Responding to the aggression of a dictatorial regime, the American President led an international coalition of forces into combat in a remote part of the world for preserving freedom. The scenario may sound familiar, but the time was June 1950. The President was Harry S. Truman. The place was Korea. For three years, United Nations forces waged fierce battles against North Korean and Chinese troops before the fighting finally ended in July 1953.
For fifty years, a tenuous cease-fire has endured between North and South Korea. The war never really ended; no peace agreement was ever declared. To this day heavily, armed forces in the North and South face each other over a narrow demilitarized zone, each side prepared to resume hostilities at a moment's notice.
The exhibition focuses
on the personal experiences of those who were caught up in the war, through
their letters, diaries, and their recollections. Video and audio recordings
of veterans recounting their time in Korea play in several locations throughout
the exhibition gallery. President Truman also discusses his own thoughts
about Korean War policy in a video program, while some of his most private
thoughts are captured in the letters to his wife Bess and in his periodic
Visitors will be able to record their own thoughts about the war and the current situation in Korea via comment books located within the exhibition. In addition, a resource table with reference materials about Korea and the Korean War will be available for visitors who wish to spend time learning more about the issues and events they have encountered in the exhibition.
The final section
of the exhibition focuses on the "unsettled legacy" of the Korean
War. It summarizes the tensions that have persisted between North and
South in the 50 years since the end of the conflict, while illustrating
the dramatically different paths the two countries have taken during the
Ceremony, Sunday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library will hold an opening ceremony
on the front portico of the Museum. The event will include music from
the Scott Air Force Band and remarks by The Honorable Ike Skelton (D-MO),
ranking minority member of the House Armed Services Committee. Veterans
of the Korean War will receive special recognition. Please stop by the
"welcome booth" on the south lawn upon arrival. The Ceremony
is free and open to the public. Museum admission will be free after the
ceremony until 5:00 p.m.
Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24
and Delaware in Independence, Mo. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is also open until 9 p.m.
on Thursdays. Admission to the "American Presidency," including
the museum's permanent exhibits and attractions, is $7 for adults, $5
for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years
and under. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 1-800-833-1225
or visit www.trumanlibrary.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.