Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2003
Contact: Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245 . Public Relations/Marketing, or
Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218 Director of Public and External Programs.

TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY CELEBRATES BESS TRUMAN'S BIRTHDAY
WITH A SPECIAL VALENTINE OFFERING

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is offering several special events as part of its annual commemoration of the birth of First Lady Elizabeth Wallace Truman.

Thursday, February 13, 2003, the Truman Museum joins with the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate the 118th anniversary of Bess Truman's birth. On Thursday, February 13, a lecture,"Anticipating Madam President: the Changing Role of the First Spouse" by Dr. Robert P. Watson, will take place in the auditorium of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library at 2:00 pm. Following the program, the Independence Pioneer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host their traditional Bess Truman Birthday Tea for all program participants. Harry S. Truman impersonator Niel Johnson will greet visitors to the museum before and after the program.

"President Truman" returns to the Museum on February 14 to offer a Valentine to the community as he joins the Truman Players in their production of "The Love Letters of Harry and Bess" at 1:00 pm in the auditorium. All programs are free with the price of museum admission. For reservations, please call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Dr. Robert Watson is the editor of the journal "White House Studies" and professor at Florida Atlantic University. He is a popular speaker and scholar of the American Presidency and the role of the First Lady. Dr. Watson was the principal convener of the 2002 symposium "Madam President" and has since edited a book on the topic, Anticipating Madam President, which discusses the complexity and challenges surrounding the pursuit of the White House by the first woman president. Dr. Watson's work thoroughly considers the conditions the first female president will encounter both on the campaign trail and in office. In his talk he will also discuss how the role of the first spouse will change and bring to light the many facets of that important "volunteer" position.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Missouri. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday from noon - 5:00 pm. The Museum is also open until 9:00 pm 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.

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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