Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

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500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050
+1 816 268 8200
http://www.trumanlibrary.org
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Covina

Great museum with student discount it is 6 dollars. You can explore the place in about an hour!

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Pleasant Hill
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The Buck Stops Here! And so did I several years ago at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

Mister Missouri was President before I was born, but who doesn't recognize the "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline? That inaccurate banner was on the front page of the Chicago Tribune (on November 3, 1948), the day after "Give 'em Hell Harry" beat Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election in an upset victory.

The Harry S Truman Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving papers, books, and other historical materials relating to the 33rd President of the United States. It is located on a small hill facing U.S. Highway 24 in Independence, Missouri, Truman's hometown. It's just outside of Kansas City, and worth a special trip.

From the time the Library opened, President Truman maintained a working office there, often working five or six days a week. In the office, he wrote articles, letters, and his book Mr. Citizen. He met with Presidents Hoover, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and with other notable Americans including Robert Kennedy. Long a favorite of museum visitors, the office was viewed through a window from the library's courtyard. Today the office appears today just as it did when Harry Truman died on December 26, 1972. The Truman Library was also the site of the signing of the Medicare Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

The Museum itself is a beauty and a wonderful interactive representation of post-WWII history, including the Korean conflict (of which my Dad and Uncle Served) and the firing of General Douglas MacArthur. Parking is easy, admission is cheap, and the portrayed archives are rich and satisfying.

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