By Jeff Fox
It might cost a dollar more to see a crucial part of the Harry and Bess Truman story.
The National Park Service has scheduled a meeting for next Monday on a proposal to raise the $4 fee to see the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site to $5 early next year. The fee is for visitors 16 and older; those 15 and younger get in free.
The meeting is at noon at the Truman National Historic Site Visitor Center. That’s the office on the Square, at 223 N. Main St., next to the 1859 Jail and Museum, where visitors get tickets to tour the Truman Home and see the rest of the historic site.
The Park Service hasn’t raised the $4 fee for nine years, and the agency points out that other local historic sites charge more. The Truman Library, for example, charges $8 for adult admission.
The Park Service says more than 31,000 people toured the Truman Historic Site in 2012, and that 1.91 million have done so since the Truman Home was opened to visitors in 1984.
The Truman Home is most well known part of the Truman National Historic Site, which also includes the Truman Farm Home in Grandview and the Noland Home on Delaware Street across from the Truman Home. Last year the Park Service opened that home, with Truman-related displays, as a place for visitors to step inside from the weather as they awaited their Truman Home tours. However, both the Farm Home and the Noland Home have been closed since early this year under the so-called sequestration cuts to the federal government’s budget.