Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
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Five Top Reasons to Visit the Truman Library on Sat., May 8


$1 Admission and Special Events Mark President’s 126th Birthday



1) Tour America’s “Best Presidential Museum”* for ONLY $1!

Valid Saturday, May 8 | 9 am – 5 pm, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

This only happens once a year: in honor of the world leader who famously said “the buck stops here,” museum visitors pay only $1 for full access to museum exhibits, theaters, and programs. As always, kids 5 and younger are free.   (*The Dallas Morning News)


2) View a National Tradition: President’s Wreath Laying Ceremony

9 am, Truman Library Courtyard

The public is welcome to view a national tradition, the President's ceremonial
wreath laying honoring the birth of Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884). No Museum admission is charged for the wreath laying; doors open to the public at 8:30 a.m.


3) Hear Homespun Stories about “Uncle Harry”

11 am, State of Missouri Auditorium

Don’t miss this special program filled with personal remembrances by John Ross Truman, the grandson of President Truman's only brother, J. Vivian Truman. Growing up, John Truman lived just one mile from the President's home and knew the president of the United States simply as Uncle Harry. "To me and to my family," Truman said, "Uncle Harry was the honest, plainspoken embodiment of Uncle Sam."


4) Meet the President

1:30 – 3:30 pm, Museum Lobby

Harry Truman (portrayed by historical re-enactor Niel Johnson) will make a special birthday appearance at his presidential library. Museum visitors will be able to share a piece of birthday cake with the former president, ask about the challenges and decisions of his presidency, and  pose for a photograph with Mr. Truman.


5) Enjoy Free Children’s Show - Back by Popular Demand

“Hats Off to Harry”  |  2 pm, Whistle Stop Room

After a blockbuster premiere in 2009, "Hats Off to Harry” returns to the Truman Library. Fast-paced and funny, the show features biographical vignettes from Truman's childhood, offering a lively introduction to the Missouri farm boy who would grow up to be president of the United States. The show, developed in conjunction with the Puppetry Arts Institute, is included with admission and will be followed by a make-and-take puppet craft.



For more details about these and other special events at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, please visit www.TrumanLibrary.org.

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