For Immediate Release: November 5, 1997
Contacts: Larry Hackman
816-268-8200
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

ENJOY A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS AT THE TRUMAN LIBRARY

(Independence, Mo.) - There may be no place more beautiful during the holidays than the White House and Washington, D.C., and artist Lily Spandorf has spent more than two decades capturing the sights of the capital through paintings and drawings. An exhibition of her work, "Impressions of a White House Christmas," will be on view at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum from November 15, 1997 through January 6, 1998.

The exhibition features 27 of Spandorf's works, including "Carolers on the North Lawn" (1992), "Poinsettias" (1973), "Chef Hans Raffert's Gingerbread House" (1979), "Mother Goose" (1986), and the "Diplomatic Reception Room Tree" (1993).

Spandorf, an internationally renowned artist, began documenting White House Christmases while working for The Washington Star and has continued to record the occasion through six administrations. She has designed a United States Christmas postage stamp and recently had a one-person show titled "Washington Never More" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Truman Library and Museum will augment the Spandorf exhibition with holiday artifacts from its own collections. Included will be several display cases containing holiday gifts given to President and Mrs. Truman by White House staff and friends and to each other. Portions of the Museum and its grounds, including the gallery where the Spandorf exhibition will be housed, will be decorated for the holidays. The White House Historical Association recently acquired Spandorf's White House Christmas collection and first displayed the works in 1995.

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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