For Immediate Release: September 17, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

Truman Library Institute Announces Private Support for Museum Renovation

(Kansas City, Mo.) - Standing on a replica of the rear platform of Truman’s famous WhistleStop train, Harry Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel today announced private donations of 9.4 million dollars from prominent Kansas Citians and organizations toward the overall goal of $22.5 million for the Truman Library Institute’s “Creating A Classroom for Democracy” capital campaign. Together with state and federal funds, this brings the total amount raised to date to $19.4 million. In addition, the Institute has received pledges for $1.1 million in deferred gifts. The campaign seeks to raise funds for major renovations to the museum, which are set to begin in May 2000.

Dressed as 1940s style reporters, students from Lee’s Summit North High School questioned Daniel, capital campaign co-chair Grant Burcham and library director Larry Hackman during a mock press conference held in the historic lobby of the Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City. In addition to reporting private donations for the capital campaign, the Institute also announced the members of its 26-person Kansas City campaign cabinet.

“We are deeply grateful to business and community leaders in Kansas City for their early support of this fundraising campaign. It is clear that they identify strongly with the Truman Library’s vision for the future,” said Hackman. “These contributions will help fulfill the hope that this Presidential library will be a ‘Classroom for Democracy’ for all ages.”

Persons and organizations with gifts of at least one million dollars include the Hall Family Foundation, Sosland Foundation, James B. Nutter and Family, and one gift from an anonymous donor.

Donations of $500,000 to $999,999 were received from H & R Block, Shirley and Barnett Helzberg, and the Arthur Gilbert Foundation of Los Angeles.

Donations in the amounts of $250,000 to $499,999 were received from the estate of McKinley Wooden; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; DST Systems, Inc.; and Lani and David H. Stowe, Jr. Donations in the amounts of $100,000 to $249,999 were received from Mary Shaw Branton; Jean and Tom McDonnell; Mary and John D. Hunkeler; John Deere Foundation; J. E. Dunn Construction Company; and Vincent E. and Caroline Schutte Foundation.

The Truman Library Institute also announced its Kansas City campaign leadership. Co-chairpersons of the “Classroom for Democracy” campaign are Tom McDonnell, Beth K. Smith, and Grant Burcham.
“It is wonderful to have such a tremendous group of Kansas City community leaders on board with this project,” said campaign co-chair Beth K. Smith. “This campaign is a work in progress. We’re well on our way, but we’ve still got work to do to raise an additional three million dollars.”

The Kansas City capital campaign cabinet includes: Bryant Barnes; Henry Bloch; Mary Shaw Branton; Mary Cohen; Bill Dunn, Sr.; Pella Fingersh; Charles M. Foudree; Patty Garney; Anita B. Gorman; Mary Hunkeler; Marion Jordan; Dick A. King; Herb Kohn; Jeanie Sell Latz; Cordell Meeks, Jr.; Barbara Potts; Bob Reintjes; Morton I. Sosland; Susan and Tuck Spaulding; Norman Swails; Luva D. Vaughn and Ben Weir.

The private funding will help support all areas of the “Classroom for Democracy” campaign, explained Hackman. These areas include new permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits, educational programs including the Truman Library Learning Center, public programs, special events, other improved and expanded programs, and major renovations and upgrades to the 42-year old Library building.

Private funds are expected to support more than one-half of the overall campaign, with federal funds contributing approximately one-third and state funds contributing approximately one-tenth of the budget.

This announcement comes on the heels of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan’s announcement on July 28 of $2 million in state funding, and Sen. Kit Bond’s announcement on August 26 of $8 million in federal appropriations for the project.
Persons who would like to learn more about the Truman Library Institute’s capital campaign or wish to make a contribution should contact Jeffrey Byrne at 816-268-8200

The Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the non-profit partner and support organization for the Truman Library and Museum. For more information, please call 816-268-8200 , or visit

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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