Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2004
CONTACT: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245
EVENT: Harry S. Truman 120th Birthday Anniversary Week Events
LOCATION: Truman Presidential Museum & Library,
U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware

Harry S. Truman birthday week offers an exciting array of events at the
Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

Independence, Mo. - The 120th Birthday of President Harry S. Truman will be celebrated in style this week at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Highlights include a free concert, staff presentations, the Truman Public Service Award, wreath layings and 2 for 1 admission on May 8th, the President's Birthday. Truman impersonator Niel Johnson appears from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m., May 5, 6, 7 and 8th.

Monday, May 3
1:30 p.m. - "Thomas Hart Benton, Harry Truman and the Making of Independence and the Opening of the West." Archivist Ray Geselbracht describes the friendship between the former President and the artist and the creation of the Truman Library's mural painting.

Tuesday, May 4
1:30 p.m. - "Truman and Pendergast." Tom Heuertz shares how Truman began his political career under the patronage of Mike Pendergast and then rose to United States Senator with the help of dominant Kansas City figure Tom Pendergast. Even when "Boss Tom" went to prison, Truman stayed loyal to him.

Wednesday, May 5
1:30 p.m. - "Bess in Hats." Ray Geselbracht and Pat Dorsey share how the stylish young Bess Wallace loved to wear hats and pose for photographs. As First Lady, Bess felt somewhat differently about photographs, but she still loved hats.

Thursday, May 6
1:30 p.m. - "The Planes, Trains, and Automobiles of Harry S. Truman." David Clark draws on the Library's audiovisual holdings to show President Truman on the Augusta, the Williamsburg, the Sacred Cow, the Independence, and the Ferdinand Magellan, as well as in an assortment of cars, in a gondola, on horseback, and walking.

Friday, May 7
1:30 p.m. - "Harry S. Truman, Man of Character." Tom Heuertz explores the character traits that made Truman the kind of president he was, and that cause some people to say such things, as "Lincoln at his best was Trumanesque."

7:00 p.m. - Michael Beschloss, Presidential historian and commentator, receives the City of Independence Award for Public Service on the Library's portico. A reception in the museum follows the ceremony. Admission is free. For information call the City of Independence: 816- 325-7027.

Saturday, May 8 - Harry S. Truman's 120th Birthday. 2 for 1 admission all day.
9:30 a.m. - American Legion Pilgrimage, Wreath Laying Ceremony. Representatives of over fifty American Legion posts will observe President Truman's birthday by laying wreaths at his gravesite. The ceremonies will include a color guard procession and a memorial address. Museum visitors may observe from the Courtyard or the Legacy Gallery.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free with Museum admission.

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.

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