Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2005
CONTACT: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245
EVENT: Harry S. Truman 121st Birthday Anniversary Week Events
LOCATION: Truman Presidential Museum & Library, U.S. 24 Highway and Delaware

Harry S. Truman birthday week offers an exciting array of events at the
Truman Presidential Museum & Library.

Independence, Mo. - The 121st Birthday of President Harry S. Truman will be celebrated in style this week at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Highlights include $1 admission on May 7th, staff presentations, the Truman Public Service Award, Brian Burnes book signing, wreath layings and Mothers receive admission on May 8th, the President's Birthday.

Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. Truman Presidential Museum & Library Auditorium
The city of Independence presents its Community Service Award to long-time Kansas City journalist Walt Bodine. With more than 50 years in the media, Bodine is affectionately known as Kansas City's dean of broadcasting. Bodine has received numerous awards including the Kansas City Spirit Award in 1987, recognizing him as the "voice of the people" and "our community conscience." More recently Bodine was the recipient of the Bishop John J. Sullivan Award for Communications. A reception follows.

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. "The Unscripted Harry Truman"
A special film presentation of rare and newly released footage of President Truman and others filmed during the making of his award-winning television series "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman." Commentary will be offered by Truman Library Deputy Director Scott Roley and Brian Burnes, Kansas City Star report and author of "Harry Truman: His Life and Times." A book signing will follow.

City of Independence Truman Days, May 7 - May 8
$1 admission to the Truman Presidential Museum & Library all day May 7th as well as 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home, the Truman Home, Vaile Mansion, National Frontier Trails Museum, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, and the Puppetry Arts Institute.
Cake served on the square by "Harry" from 11:30 -1:30 p.m.
Wagon Rides and Trolley Car tours available
For more information visit www.visitindependence.com

Saturday, May 8 - Harry S. Truman's 121st Birthday. Mothers receive free admission all day
The Museum will open at 8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - American Legion Pilgrimage, Wreath Laying Ceremony. Representatives of over fifty American Legion posts will observe President Truman's birthday by laying wreaths at his gravesite. The ceremonies will include a color guard procession and a memorial address. Museum visitors may observe from the Courtyard or the Legacy Gallery.
A Truman impersonator will visit with guests from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and free birthday cake and punch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free with Museum admission.

Friday, May 6th Sandra Day O'Connor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will receive the 2005 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.
O'Connor will accept the award during a noon luncheon May 6 at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The award has been given by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation every year since 1973 on or about May 8, the anniversary of Harry Truman's birth. For details call 913-722-1211.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. For more information on the Museum and programs, call (816)268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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