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  • Independence Pioneers DAR host Bess Truman Program and Tea

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  • The Truman Library and Independence Pioneers Daughter of the American Revolution will present a program for the birthday of Bess Wallace Truman at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Library Auditorium, 500 U.S. 24, Independence.
    Since 1985, the DAR has presented a commemorative program and tea to celebrate the birthday of Bess Wallace Truman. Mrs. Truman was an honorary member of the chapter and took part in many of the events. In 1988, the event was moved to the Truman Library as it became such a popular event more space was needed. The Library has been able to secure renowned speakers for the program that is followed by the tea presented by the DAR chapter.
    The speaker for the program will be Dee Harris from the National Archives. The topic is “The Harvey Girls." The girls who worked as servers in the train station restaurants were picked for their beauty, as well as ability to work with the general public. They have been given a special place in American history.
    Jo Anna Dale will be receiving a Community Service Award from the Independence Pioneer DAR Chapter. This award is given for outstanding service to the community. Mrs. Dale has selected KCPT television as one of her projects.
    At the conclusion of the program all attending are invited to the Whistle Stop room, where the tea to remember the birthday of Bess will be presented for the 26th time. The servers are all members of the Independence Pioneers DAR chapter. Various cookies made by the members are served with others selections.
    The event is free to Museum members, $8 for adults and $7 senior citizens for the general admission to the Library. Seating will be on a first come basis.
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