Cheryl Harness, author and illustrator of “Ghosts of the White House,” will make a presentation at the Mary Paxton Study Class for women at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30, in the Whistlestop Room.
Ghosts of the White House is a history picture book for older children that presents facts with fictional framework. Sara, the main character, is summoned by the ghost of George Washington who takes her on a personal tour of the White House. The book is filled with sketches of the first mansion and its occupants.
Cheryl lives blocks from Truman’s home, one block from her childhood home and near the Truman Library. She has written and illustrated more than 30 childhood books, books for adults and illustrated five historic panels for the National Park Service – National Trails System, which tells the story of Independence and its relationship to westward migration. The panels are located in McCoy Park on the corner of Bess Wallace Truman Parkway and College.
Harness’s presentation was chosen to compliment a new museum exhibition “Saving The White House Truman’s Extreme Makeover” by the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum on display until Dec. 31. The show features the work of White House photographer Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer whose photographs of the Truman renovation – before, during and after – form a unique and invaluable visual record of one of the nation’s most important architectural and engineering challenges of the time. Visitors will be amazed by never-before-seen White House film footage along with stunning artifacts from America’s first “extreme makeover.” See the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and Museum webpage for more information.
Mary Paxton Study Class was organized in 1894 for women who wanted to study seriously and for self improvement. The members meet weekly from September to April at 1:30 at the Truman Library in the Whistlestop Room. The theme for study this year is “Empowerment of Women” with additional varied subjects.
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