Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218



October 15, 2001 - Independence, MO - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library will celebrate the Grand Rededication of the museum and library on Sunday, December 9, 2001 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The rededication celebrates the museum's structural renovation, the opening of "Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years," the new interactive exhibit chronicling Truman's Presidency, and the opening of the new White House Decision Center, a one-of-a-kind experiential learning program geared towards high school students.

The celebration will begin with live music, the presentation of the colors and the singing of the National Anthem by Kansas City icon, Ida McBeth. Presentations by President Truman's eldest grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, and Missouri Governor Bob Holden will precede a keynote address by David McCullough, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the book "Truman." McCullough will be available to the public following the ceremony.

Roaming entertainers throughout the day will include an Uncle Sam on stilts, a balloon artist, a face painter and a "living Statue of Liberty." Truman look-alike Niel Johnson will also be on hand to visit with guests and for photo opportunities. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Starbucks will be handing out free coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts.

The rededication ceremony and admission to the museum following the ceremony are free to visitors. In preparation for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony, the museum will be closed from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. The museum will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

"Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years," chronicles the major decisions and events that unfolded during the Presidency of Harry S. Truman from 1945 to 1953. The new interactive exhibit provides visitors with an inside look at some of the most historic and dramatic decisions of the 20th Century including the ending of World War II, the formation of NATO, the Korean Conflict and the desegregation of the armed forces. Two interactive "Decision Theaters" allow visitors to delve further into controversial issues by placing them in the position of weighing the merits of these major challenges that faced President Truman and his staff.

Other aspects of the exhibit focus on Truman, his ideas, opinions and the manner in which he made decisions and also give visitors a glimpse into the social, cultural and political life of America during the years of his Presidency.

The White House Decision Center in the new Ed and Beth Smith Education Wing, which opened in October, is a one-of-a-kind educational experience geared towards high school students in an area reminiscent of the West Wing of the White House. Students take on the roles of President Truman and his key advisors facing real-life historic decisions.

The program actively engages students in research, analysis, decision making, leadership and communication. Students understand the role of the President and his advisors, how presidential decisions are made, models for decision making and a historical perspective in which decisions are made.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. 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 and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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