1. There’s a little more than two weeks to go for the current exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, “The American President: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press.” Its final day is Sunday, Feb. 2. It includes 70 photographs from Associated Press photographers. Most are from the 1930s through today, but Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are included, too. There are a couple of Truman.
2. The library also has two main permanent exhibits, one on Truman’s presidency and one on his life and times. The library also includes a replica of the Oval Office as it appeared when Truman was president, and a visitor stepping into the Oval Office hears a recording by Truman. The library’s archives are available to scholars conducting research. Harry and Bess Truman are buried in the library’s courtyard.
3. The library is at 500 West U.S. 24, north of McCoy Park, in Independence. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children 5 and younger. Admission includes all exhibits at the library. The library is open every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
4. Truman, known as the “Man from Independence,” was president from 1945 to 1953. His stated vision for the library was that it educate people, particularly young people, about government and democracy, and he wanted it built in Independence. The library opened in 1957 and has about 130,000 visitors a year. Like other presidential libraries, it is run by the National Archives and Records Administration.
– Jeff Fox