Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

January 22, 2007

Susan Medler, communications director
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Get a Taste of White House History on President's Day

INDEPENDENCE, MO- Here's a recipe for a memorable President's Day: start with a pinch of patriotism and a dash of White House history, then fold in a visit from America's 33rd President. The Truman Library will mark President's Day by serving fresh-baked presidential cookies to visitors, who can meet Harry Truman, as portrayed by historical re-enactor Niel Johnson.

Truman Library volunteers will don their aprons for this favorite annual event, baking selections from the ever-popular Presidential Cookies cookbook. Visitors will be able to sample recipes spanning three centuries, including…

George Washington (1789 - 1797) Shrewsbury Cakes
Franklin Pierce (1853 - 1857) New Hampshire Seed Cookies
Benjamin Harrision (1889 - 1893) Two Way Cookies
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 - 1945) Honey Drops
Harry S. Truman (1945 - 1953) Coconut Balls
Richard M. Nixon (1969 - 1974) Sequoia Brownies
Gerald R. Ford (1974 - 1977) Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
James E. Carter (1977 - 1981) Pecan Squares

Presidential Cookies is a nationwide best seller and a sweet read for history buffs and foodies, alike. More than a cookbook, Presidential Cookies highlights White House anecdotes, historical folklore, and fun facts about treasured American symbols. Presidential Cookies is available for sale in the Truman Library Museum Store.

President's Day
What: Presidential Cookies
When: Monday, Feburary 19
Time: 10 a.m. until cookies are gone!
Cost: Free with Museum admission ($7)
Extra: Meet Harry Truman from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (portrayed by historical re-enactor Niel Johnson)

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at 24 Highway and Delaware in historic Independence, twenty minutes from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There is ample free parking, with numerous nearby attractions, boutiques and restaurants.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven 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 S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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