Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 25, 2007

CONTACT
Susan Medler
PH 816.268.8245 o FAX 816.268.8299
susan.medler@nara.gov

 

May 2007 Events Calendar
- ELECTRONIC IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST -


Treasures of the Presidents
New Exhibition Opens May 1, 2007
From George Washington's traveling secretary to Bill Clinton's saxophone, our presidential libraries are home to some of our nation's most fascinating artifacts. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library has drawn from the collections of America's presidential libraries to present a major new temporary exhibition, Treasures of the Presidents. View more than 200 rarely seen artifacts from our American story, including ornate head-of-state gifts, campaign memorabilia, personal items from First Families, documents that shaped the course of history, quirky hand-crafted gifts from ordinary people who loved their presidents, and much more. Treasures of the Presidents runs through Jan. 4, 2008 and complements the museum's Oval Office replica and permanent exhibitions on the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman, ranked by historians as one of the greatest American presidents of all time.

Bank of America Free Thursday Nights
May - September 2007 5 - 9 pm
Enjoy free Museum admission and extended summer hours with Bank of America Free Thursday Nights, every Thursday, May through September, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Buck Days
Saturday, May 5, 2007 9 am - 5 pm
The buck stops here! In honor of President Truman's birthday (May 8, 1884), admission to the Truman Museum - and other historical sites in Harry's hometown of Independence, Mo. - will be just $1.

Wreath Laying Ceremony
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 9:30 am
The annual American Legion Pilgrimage Wreath Laying honors the 123rd anniversary of Harry Truman's birth. Representatives from more than 50 American Legion posts will participate in ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. that include a color guard procession and a memorial address; museum visitors may observe from the Courtyard or the Legacy Gallery. Harry Truman (portrayed by historical re-enactor Niel Johnson) will make an afternoon appearance as complimentary birthday cake is served (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.).

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13, 2007 Noon - 5 pm
Free Museum admission for mothers includes theaters, permanent exhibitions, Treasures of the Presidents, and more.


Michael Beschloss | "Presidential Courage"
Friday, May 18, 2007 7 pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
Michael Beschloss, best-selling author and America's most recognized presidential historian, will join us for an enlightening, insightful and inspiring discussion of his new book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989. Beschloss was recently appointed presidential historian for NBC News and is a regular contributor to The News Hour, Meet the Press, Newsweek and more. His most recent book shines a light on the legacy of Harry S. Truman, America's 33rd president. For admission packages and details, please visit www.rainydaybooks.com. Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.


Permanent Exhibitions
Step into a replica of President Truman's Oval Office, visit the Museum Store, and take in the museum's two permanent exhibitions, Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years and Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times. The Presidential Years begins with an introductory film by Academy Award-winner Charles Guggenheim. In the exhibit, you will become immersed in the social, cultural and political climate surrounding Truman's remarkable presidency and his decisions regarding the atomic bomb, Communist aggression, segregation, and more. Included in this exhibit are two "Decision Theatres," interactive audiovisual experiences that draw you into the drama and complexity of important issues, still relevant today. The second permanent exhibition, Life and Times, follows the life of Truman, from his birth in Lamar, Missouri, through his rise to power. The exhibition features many family-friendly interactive activities, including a station where children can make their own campaign buttons.


Hours and Admission
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Museum admission is free for children 5 and under, $3 for youths 6-18, $7 for adults, and $5 for senior adults 62 and older. Enjoy Bank of America Free Thursday Nights May through September, 5 to 9 p.m. To schedule group visits to the Museum, please call (816) 268-8221. For all other information, call (800) 833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

____________


The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of twelve presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library has inspired millions of visitors. Step into a replica of Truman's Oval Office, test your presidential mettle with interactive exhibits, and discover the powerful stories of an era that continues to shape our world today.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

 

# # #

 

Stops here sign