Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
(Kansas City, Mo.) - Standing on a replica of the rear platform of Trumans
famous WhistleStop train, Harry Trumans 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 Institutes 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 Lees 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 Librarys 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
CAMPAIGN CABINET ANNOUNCED
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. Were well on our way, but weve 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
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 Carnahans
announcement on July 28 of $2 million in state funding, and Sen. Kit Bonds
announcement on August 26 of $8 million in federal appropriations for the project.
Persons who would like to learn more about the Truman Library Institutes 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 www.trumanlibrary.org.
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.