Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum



For Immediate Release: May, 2002
CONTACT: Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218
Director of Public and External Programs
EVENT: Truman Presidential Museum & Library named the
Tourism Leader for 2002

 

Truman Presidential Museum & Library named the Tourism Leader for 2002

Independence, Mo. - The Truman Presidential Museum & Library received the Tourism Leadership Award for 2002 on May 7 at the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City's Annual Civic Luncheon: "The Flavors of Kansas City."

"The Truman Museum is being recognized with this award for the extensive and very impressive branding and marketing campaign that Truman has been running in the marketplace since its $22.5 million renovation," said Joe Donnelly, director of tourism for the Convention & Visitor's Bureau of Greater Kansas City. "A marketing campaign like Truman's certainly makes my job of marketing Kansas City a little easier when I have organizations like the Truman Presidential Museum marketing such a fine product."

Wayne Chappell, director of the Convention & Visitor's Bureau of Greater Kansas City, presented the award to Michael J. Devine, Ph.D., the director of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

"Since the museum opened in 1957 it has been attracting visitors throughout the world," said Chappell. "It is more than telling the story of a president. The museum challenges visitors to explore the issues and events surrounding the Truman Presidency and how his decisions continue to effect our lives today."

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of only 10 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo.

On December 9, 2001 the museum reopened with its new permanent exhibit: Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years. The museum and library's new centerpiece exhibit. It features multiple audio, video and interactive elements in a 10,500 square-foot permanent exhibit that allows visitors to explore the major issues of the Truman administration and their relevancy to current events. Presidential decision-making, emphasized in two decision theaters, and the constant reinterpretation of history are repeated themes in this groundbreaking exhibit. /hst/index.html

For the latest information about permanent and special exhibits at the Truman Museum visit the Web site at: www.trumanlibrary.org.

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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