Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218


Exhibit to be on display beginning March 1, 2001.

Independence, MO -- February 2001 -- The Truman Presidential Museum and Library will re-open its doors as the first phase of a $22.5 million renovation is completed with "Mt. Vernon in Miniature," a special exhibit featuring an exact replica of the mansion at Mount Vernon in 1/12th scale. It is an impressive structure, measuring 10 feet long, more than eight feet high and about six feet wide and weighing in at 900 pounds.

The idea for the miniature was formulated by a group of talented and patriotic miniaturists, based in Washington State. Scores of modern artists and craftsmen from around the world, using an inventory compiled by George Washington's executors just months after his death, worked more than five years to reproduce this exhibit. The exquisite model that they produced duplicates the original mansion at Mount Vernon at a scale of one inch to the foot, in working order down to the last detail. The doorknobs turn, the windows open and close, and the drawers of the furniture open. Every feature from the rusticated siding to the handsomely carved mantles is true to Washington's original designs. Each of the twenty-two rooms, painted to match the colors on the mansion walls, is authentically presented with copies of the stylish furnishings he acquired from America, France, England, and China. The result is an astonishingly accurate portrayal in miniature that would have pleased even Washington's meticulous eye. During his lifetime, George Washington lavished his attention on his residence, planning architectural additions and personally selecting many of its furnishings. A fitting tribute to this vision, this extraordinary miniature represents the mansion as it looked in 1799, the year he died.

A highly unusual feature of the miniature is an innovative mechanical system that raises and lowers two of the facades and the roof, allowing visitors to see inside each room, including those on the third floor of the mansion. Since this floor of the Mount Vernon mansion is rarely open to the public, it is of particular interest.

"Mount Vernon in Miniature" is on tour until it goes on permanent view in Mount Vernon's proposed Orientation Center, scheduled to open in 2004. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is the first museum to host "Mount Vernon in Miniature."

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is scheduled to re-open its doors on March 1, 2001 as the first phase of a $22.5 million renovation. The museum will feature new temporary and permanent exhibits including the new White House Decision Center, an interactive program for high school students scheduled to open in the Fall of 2001. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at US 24 Highway and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday from noon - 5:00pm and open until 9:00pm on Thursdays. For more information call 1-800-833-1225 or visit 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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