For Immediate Release: November 13, 1998
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


- Truman Library Features Events Through January, 1999 -

(Independence, Mo.) - When President Harry Truman awoke on the morning of Nov. 3, 1948 to find he had won an upset election victory over his opponent, Thomas Dewey, he was elated. After his hard-fought "Whistle Stop" election campaign, the Inauguration, planned by Republicans in anticipation of a Dewey victory, would be a grand affair - a week of receptions, parties, the oath of office, the Inaugural parade, the Inaugural ball. The next two months were spent making preparations for the most elaborate Presidential Inauguration held to date in Washington, DC in January, 1949.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Truman's Inauguration from November, 1998 through January, 1999, with a new exhibition and a gala fund raiser to benefit the Harry S. Truman Library Learning Center.

Presidential Inaugurations
On Nov. 24 , the Truman Library will celebrate the opening of "Presidential Inaugurations," an exhibition from the White House Historical Association honoring Presidential Inaugural traditions. Featuring artifacts and photographs from twenty-four U.S. Presidents, the exhibition tells the story of Inaugural celebrations throughout American history.

The exhibition features Presidents from Washington to Clinton, and showcases six topics - the Inauguration day, site, oath and address, technology, parade and Inaugural balls. Highlights of the exhibition include one of First Lady Hillary Clinton's Inaugural gowns, an invitation and program from the 1933 Inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a dance card from President Abraham Lincoln's 1861 Inaugural ball.

The exhibition also features a collection of personal artifacts from President Truman's Inauguration, including one of Mrs. Truman's Inaugural gowns, and an invitation President Truman received to his own Inauguration - upon which he responded, "Weather permitting, I hope to attend."

"Presidential Inaugurations" was prepared by the Office of the White House Curator, and will be on display at the Truman Library from Nov. 24 through Jan. 24, 1999.

50th Anniversary Gala and Fund Raiser
Kansas Citians can celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Harry Truman's Inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at a gala reception at the historic Muehlebach Hotel, followed by a performance by the Capitol Steps, a nationally known political satirist and musical group, at the Folly Theater.

Honorary chairs Mary Shaw Branton, David McCullough and Beth K. Smith along with co-chairmen Colleen Foudree and Nancy Lee Kemper, will host the event on behalf of the 50th Anniversary Inaugural Committee. The public is welcome to attend with a paid ticket. Sponsorship begins at $125 per person and includes an invitation to the 6 p.m. reception as well as reserved seating for the 8 p.m. performance by the Capitol Steps. Higher levels of sponsorship include a private reception with author David McCullough, plus an autographed copy of his best-selling biography, Truman. All tickets must be reserved by January 6, and are available by calling the Truman Library Institute at (816) 833-0425, ext. 235.

The fund raising event will benefit the Harry S. Truman Library Learning Center. The Learning Center, scheduled to be completed at the Harry S. Truman Library in 2001, will provide experiential learning for students in grades 7-12. The goal of the Learning Center is to build students' decision-making skills and commitment to civic responsibility, while strengthening their knowledge of American history, government and civics, through interactive role-playing as student "Presidential advisors."

To purchase tickets to the gala Inaugural event, or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, please call the Harry S. Truman Library Institute at 816-268-8237 .

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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