Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

January 24, 2007

Susan Medler
PH 816.268.8245 o FAX 816.269.8299

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas
To Speak at Truman Library to Sold Out Crowd Feb. 12

INDEPENDENCE, MO-The grand dame of the press, Helen Thomas, will headline events honoring the 122nd birthday of former First Lady Bess Truman on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 at 2 p.m.

In the intimate setting of the Truman Library Auditorium, Thomas will reflect on a career spent with presidents at home and abroad, sharing anecdotes, insights, and observations on the presidency and the media covering Beltway politics. The program will be followed by a tea-hosted by the Pioneer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution-and a book signing. Thomas' most recent book, Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public, may be purchased at the Museum Store.

This program is open to the public and free with museum admission. However, because this event is sold out, admission will be limited to those with reservations. Members of the media may schedule interviews with Helen Thomas by contacting Susan Medler at (816) 268-8245.

From her earliest years, Helen Thomas wanted to be a reporter. Assigned to the press corps in 1961, Thomas was the first woman to close a press conference with "Thank you, Mr. President," and has covered every administration since Kennedy's. Along the way, she was among the pioneers who broke down barriers against women in the national media, becoming the first female president of the White House Correspondents Association, the first female officer of the National Press Club, and the first woman member, later president, of the Gridiron Club.

Thomas is the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and has been honored with a number of awards for outstanding journalism. In 1998, she was the first recipient of the prize established in her name by the White House Correspondents Association: The Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of numerous books and lives in Washington, D.C.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at 24 Highway and Delaware in historic Independence, twenty minutes from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There is ample free parking, with numerous nearby attractions, boutiques and restaurants.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library has inspired millions of visitors. Step into a replica of Truman's Oval Office, test your Presidential mettle with interactive exhibits, and discover the powerful stories of an era that continues to shape our world today.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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