For Immediate Release: February 9, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


Noted TIME contributor to highlight 30 years of the American Presidency

Independence, Mo. - The Truman Library and Museum is proud to host the national premiere of the traveling exhibition "TIME and the Presidency," beginning Feb. 24, 1999. To help launch the exhibition, the Library welcomes Hugh Sidey, noted TIME magazine contributing editor and Presidential historian. Sidey, who has written TIME's column "The Presidency," since 1966, will present an engaging look at Presidents Eisenhower through Clinton in his remarks entitled, "The Nature of Leadership." The public is invited to view the exhibition and attend Sidey's free program which begins at 7 p.m. in the Library auditorium.

About Hugh Sidey
For more than 30 years Sidey has written about the American Presidency. He began covering Dwight Eisenhower for LIFE magazine in 1955, and later, in 1957, became TIME's political and White House correspondent. From Eisenhower's U-2 crisis to Kennedy's assassination, Sidey has been close to several modern day Presidents. He accompanied Johnson around the world, traveled with Nixon to China, Ford to Russia, and covered Jimmy Carter during the Camp David accords. He talked regularly to Reagan over the course of his eight-year Presidency. Sidey enjoyed a strong working relationship with Bush and continues a positive association with Clinton.

The "Time and The Presidency" multimedia exhibition, which will travel to presidential libraries and museums over the next two years, begins its national tour at the Truman Library on February 24, 1999. It will be open to the general public through May 15, 1999.

The exhibit spotlights the office of the presidency by drawing on TIME's archival material to capture the essence of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt through Bill Clinton. It provides insight into major events over which each President presided, and the presidency itself. The exhibit includes original photography, impactful quotes, art work and an audio/visual component.

TIME, America's largest weekly news magazine, has a circulation of four million. It received Adweek's hottest magazine distinction in March 1998, and this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. "Time and The Presidency" is underwritten by Kansas City-based American Century Investments, a mutual fund company serving nearly 2 million individual and institutional investors.

For more information about Hugh Sidey's appearance, and the exhibit "Time & The Presidency," call the Library's visitor information recording at 1-800-833-1225 , or visit the Library's Web site at

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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