For Immediate Release: December 1, 1998
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


- This tree has a twist: it's patriotic -

(Independence, Mo.) - Sixth grade art students at Santa Fe Trail Elementary School in Independence share a special honor this year - they designed the ornaments that will decorate the 12-foot tall Christmas tree at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The Truman Library will honor the students in art teacher Leisa Schroeder's sixth grade classes at a tree lighting ceremony and public reception on Thursday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in the main lobby of the museum.

Sixty-five students designed the decorations of red, blue and silver tin in the shapes of stars, flags and Constitutions. The decorations, complete with stars and stripes bunting and bows, will compliment the patriotic theme of the tree.

During the ceremony, each of the students will be recognized by name and receive a certificate of appreciation signed by Truman Library director Larry Hackman. The Santa Fe Elementary School choir will sing holiday carols, and students, their families and museum visitors will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies.

The tree lighting ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. To celebrate the holiday season, all visitors to the Truman Library will be admitted FREE after 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. The museum will be open until 9 p.m., and the film "Harry S. Truman 1884-1972," produced by Academy Award-winner Charles Guggenheim, will be shown in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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