Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

FAQ: What is the significance of the ear of corn in the Oval Office?

The Oval Office at the Truman Library was designed to replicate President Truman's White House Oval Office as of August 28, 1950. On that date several photographs were taken from several angles to portray the scene around the 360 degrees of the room. The ear of corn, located on top of the television, appears in the photographs, but its significance is currently unknown. The explanation for the corn's significance may very well lie in the archives' vast store of documents (about 15 million pages), awaiting discovery by an intrepid researcher.