For Immediate Release: December 15, 2003
Contacts: Holly Milledge 816-268-8245, Cell 913-707-1470, Media Relations.
Event: Opening of "Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times" Exhibition.
Date: January 3, 2004
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library, 500 West U.S. Highway 24
Independence, Mo - "Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times", a new permanent exhibition at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library is scheduled to open January 3, 2004, with a special opening preview and reduced admissions every weekend in January. The exhibition, located in the Sanders & Blanche Sosland Gallery, is the final piece of a $22.5 million "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" renovation that resulted in a series of new and engaging museum exhibitions and educational programs. "Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times" captures the imagination of museum visitors with original artifacts, photographs and manuscripts, along with engaging audiovisual programs and participatory activities. This exhibition is designed for family members of all ages.
Burnes discusses Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times
Kansas City star reporter Brian Burnes will be at the Truman Museum & Library Thursday evening, December 18th at 7 p.m. to discuss his recently published book complementing the exhibition "Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times." A book signing will follow. This program is free with museum admission and will be held in the Museum Auditorium.
Stops Here Weekends
To celebrate the opening the Truman Museum & Library will be offering "Buck Stops Here Weekends" in January. Admission will be one dollar on Saturdays and Sundays beginning January 3 running through January 31st. Truman impersonator Niel Johnson will greet visitors from 10 - 2:30 p.m. every Saturday in January. Other highlights marking Truman's life and times are planned, culminating in a series of events during the week of the President's May 8th birthday.
"This exhibition looks at Truman's life beyond the White House years in dramatic fashion. It is the remarkable story of the man who became our 33rd president. No one will leave this great new addition to the Truman Museum & Library without an enriched understanding of Harry S. Truman, Missouri history and American culture in the 20th Century," said Michael Devine, Director of the Truman Museum & Library.
The exhibition covers five areas of Harry Truman's life.
The Early Years
Life in the White
for Young People
Due to the success of the "Creating a Classroom for Democracy" campaign, the Truman Museum & Library is poised to make a significant difference in how young people feel about and become engaged with American history and their own civic responsibilities. Especially designed to appeal to the elementary visitor, the artifacts, photographs, documents and interactive education discovery areas all combine to make this an outstanding teaching resource. The exhibit targets 4th, 5th and 6th graders, older students will learn about the early influences that shaped Truman's Presidency. Students will be able to compare the way of life in Harry Truman's time to their own life today.
The 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 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 816-268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
"Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times"
Friday, December 19th
a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.