For Immediate Release: January 29, 1998
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum
or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
'A GREAT AMERICAN LOVE STORY' ON DISPLAY FOR FIRST TIME
"Dear Bess" Exhibition Opens Feb. 12 At Truman Library
(Independence, Mo.) - Making valentines for your loved ones, hearing little-known stories about the Truman family, and having tea with "Bess Truman" herself are just a few ways the Truman Library will open its new exhibition, "Dear Bess: Love Letters from the President."
- Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Museum will host a Valentine Making Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Young and old alike will learn from local artists how to design and make valentines to give to special friends and loved ones. Those completing valentines will see a sneak preview of the new "Dear Bess" exhibit, which opens Feb. 12. Cost for the workshop is included in museum admission.
- Dr. George Curtis, former assistant director of the Truman Library will share anecdotes and insight as he leads guided tours through the "Dear Bess" exhibition on opening day, Thursday, Feb. 12. His presentation will include interesting and little-known stories about the Truman family. Dr. Curtis will lead two tours from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Please call for reservations at (816) 220-6547.
- On Friday, Feb. 13, museum visitors can enjoy afternoon tea with Bess Truman. Actress Kay Kuhlmann, appearing as the First Lady, will bring stories of Bess Truman to life during "Tea With Bess," at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The event is hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and tea, coffee and cookies will be served. Cost is included in museum admission.
The "Dear Bess" exhibition recounts the remarkable love story of Harry and Bess Truman, told through letters, photographs, and objects. This exhibition reveals the personal side of a strong President, his family, and his decisions that changed the world.
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.
For recorded information about admission and other Library exhibitions, call 816-268-8200
. You may also e-mail the Truman Library at: Library@Truman.nara.gov.
The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by
the National Archives and Records Administration.