For Immediate Release: March 25, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli will share highlights of new book.

(Independence, Mo.) – Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X are just a sampling of the presidents, prisoners, scoundrels, scientists, generals, humorists, and artists whose oratory are featured in New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli’s new book, In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century.

On Thursday, March 16, Sen. Torricelli comes to the Harry S. Truman Library to share highlights of his new book, which offers a wide-ranging collection of the nation's most memorable speeches. A booksigning will follow the program, with books available for purchase from the Truman Library gift shop.

The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the Truman Library auditorium, and is free with paid admission to the museum.

In 1982, at the age of 31, Torricelli was elected to the House of Representatives for the 98th Congress and for each successive Congress until 1996, when he was elected to the United States Senate to the seat formerly held by Bill Bradley. Torricelli is a member of the Senate Governmental Affairs, Judiciary, Rules, and Foreign Relations Committees.

Sen. Torricelli’s visit is part of the Truman Library’s "Media in the American Century" public program series, which coincides with the Library’s new exhibition, Looking Back on the American Century, open now through April 30. The programs in this series focus on four important media of the 20th Century: film, speeches, radio and television.

On March 23, Chuck Haddix of Marr Sound Archives will use archival sound bites to demonstrate "How Americans Heard the War." Haddix will explore the impact of radio on the morale in the military and the home front during World War II.

Featured in the film portion of the series is the award-winning film, "The Wild One" on March 30 with discussion led by Dr. Thomas Poe, professor of film history at University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Rounding out the series on April 13, Dr. Chuck Berg, professor of film studies at the University of Kansas, will use vintage TV clips to show the post-war expansion of television during the Truman years.

All programs in the "Media in the American Century" series will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights in the Truman Library auditorium. All events are free with paid admission to the museum.

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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