Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

CONTACT: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 , or Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218 .
Event: Veterans Day
Location: Truman Presidential Museum & Library

Truman Presidential Museum & Library Celebrates Veterans Day
with Free Admission for Veterans and a Week of Special Programs,
November 8 through November 15, 2002

On Friday, November 8, 2002, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library will begin a week of events commemorating Veterans Day with a lecture from by Eugene Trani, president of Virginia Commonwealth University and one time professor of history at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Trani will speak at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium on the way circumstances surrounding the end of the First World War led to the development of the Cold War that dominated the better part of the last century. Dr. Trani will also sign copies of his recent book, The First Cold War: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson in U.S.- Soviet Relations. This program is being co-sponsored by the Truman Presidential Museum and the University of Missouri - Kansas City. The event is free with museum admission. Reservations are required. Please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

All day Monday, November 11, the Truman Presidential Museum will be free to all military veterans with ID. The new permanent exhibit on President Truman's White House years and the temporary Smithsonian exhibit, the American Presidency: A Glorious Burden will both be featured.

Also on November 11, the museum will debut a new temporary exhibition: World War II in Posters. Designed to build morale and to urge citizens to contribute their part to the war effort, posters became a vital communication medium, as well as an important art form during the Second World War. In 2000, the Truman Library received an important collection of almost 500 posters from the War. A selection of these posters will be featured in this display.

On Friday, November 15 at 2 p.m., Congresswoman Karen McCarthy will join with the Library of Congress and the Truman Presidential Museum & Library to sponsor a workshop on collecting oral histories from our veterans. The workshop will launch locally the Library of Congress program The Veterans History Project, which hopes to retrieve the stories of many of the 19,000,000 veterans in our midst. The project covers veterans from World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars. It includes all participants in those wars--men and women, civilian and military. It documents the contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers as well as the experiences of military personnel from all ranks and all branches of service--the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

Motivated by a desire to honor our nation's war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in October 2000. Public Law 106-380 calls upon the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them.

The workshop will provide information on how to create such an oral history program at the local grassroots level. It will take place in the Whistlestop Room on the east side of the museum. Reservations are by invitation through Congresswoman McCarthy's office: 816-833-4545.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday from noon - 5 p.m. 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 816-268-8200 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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