Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


Truman Library to Hold Press Briefing on NATO Accession Ceremony

What: Truman Library director Larry Hackman and Truman historian Ray Geselbracht will hold a press briefing to comment on the historical perspective of the March 12 NATO Accession Ceremony. They will speak and answer questions about President Harry Truman and Secretary of State Dean Acheson's role in the formation of NATO, and, of particular interest to local media, they will comment on the Library's preparations for the event.

The Truman Library will be unable to comment on participation by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the U.S. State Department's preparations for this event.

Where: Whistlestop Room
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
500 West U.S. 24 Highway - Independence, Missouri
Please use East Entrance
When: Thursday, March 11, 1999 3:30 p.m.
Why: The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland will formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during an official Accession Ceremony on Friday, March 12, 1999, at 11 a.m. at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.


All press covering the March 12 Accession Ceremony must obtain credentials at the press filing center, located at the UMKC-Truman Campus adjacent to the northwest corner of the Truman Library. Press filing center will be open March 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and March 12 at 8 a.m.


Secretary Albright's aircraft, which will also carry Foreign Ministers Bronislaw Geremek of Poland, Jan Kavan from the Czech Republic and Janos Martonyi from Hungary, will arrive at the Kansas City, Missouri Downtown Airport at 10:30 a.m. Their arrival is OPEN PRESS coverage. Media wishing to cover the arrival may begin setting up at the airport at 9:00 a.m. and should be set up not later than 10:00 a.m.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. 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, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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