Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 30, 2003

Contacts:
Union Station Sarah Biles (816) 460-2252
Truman Museum Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 or Edeen Martin,
816-268-8218

Truman Presidential Museum and Union Station Kansas City Celebrate American Heritage

Turner White, Union Station chief executive officer, and Dr. Michael Devine, director of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, today announce a special partnership, "Kansas City Celebrates American Heritage." Through May 4, Kansas City area residents and visitors will be able to view original milestone documents and artifacts from our nation's history through ongoing exhibitions and limited opportunity viewings.

"Kansas City Celebrates American Heritage" features exhibitions organized by the National Archives and Records Administration,
Smithsonian Institutions, and the Ronald Reagan and Harry S. Truman Presidential Libraries. Such key documents in our nation's history as the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and an original Broadside invitation to the Boston Tea Party will appear as a component of the partnership.

"This is truly a unique opportunity for all of us to view and better understand our nation's history," said Dr. Devine. "Even in Washington, DC, it would be a rare occurrence for this rich array of material to appear in such a short time frame."

"The partnership of Truman Presidential Library and Union Station represents what we hope is a real template for the future," said Turner White. "Two institutions to provide great programming for this area is something we all can look forward to."

Museum goers who visit one institution participating in "Kansas City's Celebration of the American Heritage" will receive a $1.00 coupon for reduced admission at the other. Members of the two museums' support organizations will be recognized for free admission to all exhibits. As a special bonus, appearances by the Declaration of Independence Road Trip at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and at Union Station will be free to the public.

Highlights of "Kansas City Celebrates American Heritage" follow:

American Originals Treasures from the National Archives
Jan. 31 through May 4, 2003 at Union Station

This exhibit presents a selection of the most significant and compelling documents in U.S. history. Items on display include the original Louisiana Purchase Treaty, an order to arrest Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison's patent application for the electric lamp, John F. Kennedy's handwritten notes for his 1961 inaugural address and a draft of President Richard Nixon's undelivered speech announcing he would not resign the presidency. "American Originals" was created by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Through May 11, 2003 at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library

Through video, audio and more than 350 objects, this exhibition takes the viewer on a journey to explore, and remember, the roles of the Presidency over the past 200 years. "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" draws from the vast Smithsonian collection of American history to tell the story of the 42 men who have sat in this nation's highest office. Exhibition highlights are: a dispatch case used by George Washington in the revolutionary war, the brass inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln while writing the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation and a CBS microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his "fireside chats."

Freedom's Journey: The Declaration of Independence and Beyond
January 31 - May 4, 2003 at Union Station

"Freedom's Journey," an exhibit designed and staged by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, provides a dynamic look at the fight for liberty that became known as the American Revolution. History literally comes alive through the presentation of dramatic events as preserved in some of the most extraordinary and influential documents ever written, such as: a 1749 entry from Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack, the last remaining original announcement of the Boston Tea Party, a 1776 edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and the sash worn by John Hancock in the Revolutionary War. The exhibit takes visitors beyond the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party to the grim days of Valley Forge and after through displays of documents, period weapons engravings, paintings and replica uniforms and flags.

Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years
On permanent exhibition at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library

The Truman Museum's centerpiece exhibition features multiple audio, video and interactive elements, allowing visitors to explore the major issues of the Truman administration and their relevancy to current events. Truman's pre-Presidential career is narrated by Jason Robards in a film by Academy Award winning director, Charles Guggenheim. Presidential decision making, emphasized in two interactive decision theaters, and the constant reinterpretation of history are repeated themes in this groundbreaking exhibit. Featured documents include Truman diary entries, the President's de facto recognition of the new nation of Israel and the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" issue of the Chicago Tribune.

The Emancipation Proclamation in "American Originals"
Feb. 14 - 17, 2003 at Union Station

Visitors have the rare opportunity to view the original Emancipation Proclamation in the American Originals exhibit. Following through with the warning issued in the preliminary emancipation proclamation 3 months earlier, the Emancipation proclamation proclaimed all persons held as slaves within the rebellious areas to be free. While it did not end slavery in the nation, it marks a major milestone along the road to slavery's final destruction, the Emancipation Proclamation has assumed a place among the great documents of human freedom. Slavery in the United States ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

An original copy of the 13th Amendment
Feb. 14-17 at Union Station

As an additional feature during the Emancipation Proclamation's rare appearance at Union Station, Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, Kan., which has an extensive Lincoln Collection, has agreed to loan Union Station one of only 13 original copies of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States forever. Saint Mary does not typically allow the original document to leave its archive vault, but the College has agreed to provide this one-time opportunity to coincide with the display of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Declaration of Independence Road Trip
March 3 - 6 at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library
March 8 - 16, 2003 at Union Station

A rare original Dunlap Broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display and free to the public in two separate multi-media exhibitions as part of the "Declaration of Independence Road Trip", a non-profit, nonpartisan project founded by producer Norman Lear. On the night of July 4, 1776, John Dunlap of Philadelphia printed approximately 200 copies of the newly drafted and approved Declaration of Independence, only 25 remain. A month later, a handwritten copy was created and signed by most of the Continental Congress delegates. That calligraphy copy permanently resides in the National Archives in Washington, DC. The Dunlap copy on display was discovered behind a framed painting bought at a flea market for $4 and eventually purchased
at auction for $8.14 million by Lyn and Norman Lear.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is also open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission to the "American Presidency," including the museum's permanent exhibits and attractions, is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under. For more information on the Museum and programs, call 1-800-833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

Union Station is located at the corner Pershing Road and Main Street near downtown Kansas City, Mo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, with extended hours for the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment Feb. 14-17 and the Declaration of Independence Road Trip exhibit March 8-16. General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. Special Price Sundays are $6.25 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $4.50 for kids. Your general admission ticket gets you into American Originals, Freedom's Journey and
Science City. For more information call 816-460-2020 or visit www.unionstation.org
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The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten 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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