For Immediate Release: July 12, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
816-268-8218
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
816-842-1500

 

TRUMAN PLACES MAPS TRACE TRUMANíS FOOTSTEPS

Maps offer a chance to visit former Presidentís favorite local places

(Independence, Mo.) Ė Imagine walking the same streets and visiting the places where one of the nationís most popular Presidents lived, went to school, worked, played and dreamed Ė an opportunity to glimpse the everyday life of an extraordinary man. Thanks to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, visitors can relive the life and times of the former President with Truman Places, a map of places in the Kansas City area that were significant to Truman.

A "still-life documentary" of Trumanís life, the Truman Places map uses photographs and excerpts from Trumanís memoirs, oral history interviews and historical documents from the Truman Library to reveal the importance of 69 places in the area. Included are seven of Trumanís homes, the New York Life Building in Kansas City where he worked as a bank clerk when he was 21, the Harpie and 822 clubs where he played poker with friends, the Jackson County Democratic Club where Tom Pendergast's office was located and Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence where Truman and Bess Wallace were married. The guide includes easy-to-follow maps of Independence, Kansas City and Grandview, color-coded to distinguish which buildings still exist and which do not.

"Greater Kansas City was built into Trumanís fabric as a human being, and he in turn became an important part of Kansas Cityís sense of itself," writes Dr. Raymond H. Geselbracht, the special assistant to the Truman Library director and the creator of the map. "Visiting places that meant a great deal to Trumanóat which he created his life as it wereógives one an unusual and sometimes almost startling insight into the character of the man who became a great President," Dr. Geselbracht added.

Because the Truman Library is currently undergoing renovation, the museum considers the Truman Places map an important resource. In effect, it turns Greater Kansas City into a large-scale Truman exhibit. The sites on the map and the detailed information about each site will inform and amuse those who want to learn more about Harry S. Truman.

The map will retail for $4.95 and will be available at the gift shop of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (816-268-8200 , ext. 249), the Truman Home Visitors Center, area Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores in the Kansas City area, and the bookstore of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Maps can also be purchased online at www.trumanlibrary.org. The project was partially underwritten by the William T. Kemper Foundation Ė Commerce Bank, Trustee and by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

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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