Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2002
CONTACT: Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218
Director of Public and External Programs
EVENT: Harry S. Truman 118th Birthday Anniversary Week of Events
LOCATION: Truman Presidential Museum & Library,
U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware and other city locations
DATES: Sunday, May 5 - Sunday, May 12, 2002


Events at Truman Presidential Museum & Library
mark the 118th Birthday of Harry S. Truman

Independence, Mo. -- On May 8, 2002, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, the Truman Library Institute, City of Independence and other organizations will celebrate the 118th birthday (May 8, 1884) of the area's most famous citizen, Harry S. Truman. Truman birthday observances that week will honor Truman's memory and celebrate his many accomplishments. Activities include:

Wednesday, May 8 - 118th Anniversary of Truman's Birthday
9 a.m. - The traditional Presidential wreath laying ceremony will be presented by an honor guard from Ft. Leavenworth for members of the Truman family and honorary fellows of the Truman Library Institute.

9:30 a.m. - A public wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted by representatives from 40 American Legion Posts in eight Midwestern states. Museum admission is free until 11 a.m.

Friday, May 10 - Former Truman Aide and Member of Congress, Ken Hechler to Receive Harry S. Truman Public Service Award.
7 p.m. - Each year the City of Independence honors Harry S. Truman by presenting the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award to an individual who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty and integrity that distinguished Harry S. Truman. Former Congressman Ken Hechler, a onetime special assistant to President Truman, will be awarded the 2002 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award. Presentation will be on the steps of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Sponsor: City of Independence, Mo. For additional information, contact The Mayor's Office, City of Independence at (816) 325-7020.

7:45 p.m. - A free public reception will follow the ceremony in the Truman Museum's lobby. For more information about the Public Service Award, contact the Independence Mayor's office at (816) 325-7022.

8:30 p.m. - After the reception, in the Truman Museum Auditorium, Mr. Ken Hechler will introduce a screening of "The Bridge at Remagen" (116 minutes) a 1969 film based on his book by the same name. The story, drawn from his experiences as U. S. Army Historian in the European theater in World War II, recounts events in a small German town on March 7, 1945, the day the Rhine River was crossed by Allied troops. The film stars George Segal, Robert Vaughan and Ben Gazzara. Friday night admission is free.

Saturday May 11, Truman Week Film series continues
10 a.m. - Repeat of Friday night program of Ken Hechler introducing the 1969 film "The Bridge at Remagen". Film will be shown in the Truman Museum Auditorium. Free with museum admission

2 p.m. - Screening of "Midway," (120 minutes) the 1976 film starring Henry Fonda and Charlton Heston that depicts the decisive American naval victory near Midway Island in the Pacific. The Saturday and Sunday screenings in the Truman Museum Auditorium are free with museum admission.

Sunday, May 12 - Truman Week Film series concludes
2 p.m. - Repeat presentation in the Truman Museum Auditorium of the 1976 film "Midway." The museum opens at 12 noon and the program is free with museum admission.

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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