For Immediate Release: September 9, 1997
Contacts: Larry Hackman
816-268-8200 , Ext. 223
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


(Independence, Mo.) - It's time to don birthday hats and pick up your party favors at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. On Sunday, September 21, the Library will celebrate its 40th birthday with a 1950s theme party and the public premiere of the film documentary "Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972," directed by Academy Award-winning producer Charles Guggenheim.

The Library will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and visitors will be treated to an old fashioned birthday party including cake, a 1950s jukebox and popcorn. In addition, members of Kansas City area antique automobile clubs will be on hand to show their 1940s and 1950s restored automobiles.

The Guggenheim film documentary will premiere with four showings throughout the day in the Library's auditorium, every hour on the half hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The film lasts approximately 45 minutes and is narrated by Truman biographer David McCullough.

The film was commissioned by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and supported by an appropriation from the State of Missouri through the Division of Tourism. Following the premiere on September 21, the film will be shown daily at the Truman Library.

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 nine Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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