Admission to the Truman Home in Independence could be going up on Jan. 1, but the National Park Service is asking for public comment first.

“The national parks belong to the people, so we certainly want to have the constituents’ voices on that,” said Doug Richardson, chief of interpretation and visitor services at the Truman National Historic Site, which includes the Truman Home at 219 N. Delaware St.

Admission to the site has been $5 since 2014. The proposed rate of $7 would be more in line with Park Service guidelines, Richardson said.

The historic site also includes the Noland home across the street from the Truman Home and the Truman Farm Home in Grandview. Park Service employees lead small groups on tours of the Truman Home throughout the day. Tickets have to be bought at the Park Service office a few blocks away, at 223 N. Main St. on the Square. Admission is free for those 15 and younger.

Harry and Bess Truman lived in the home on Delaware all the years they were married except for the 18 years in Washington, D.C., when he was a senator, then vice president and then president.

Since the Park Service opened the home to the public in 1984, more than 2 million people have visited. Over the last years, attendance has been a little more than 30,000 a year.

The public comment period on the proposed change runs through Oct. 31. An announcement of a decision is expected in late November.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to let people make their voices heard,” Richardson said.

The public can comment in three ways:

• A letter to the National Park Service, 223 N. Main St., Independence, Mo., 64050.

• An email

• Go to

Also, workers recently finished an extensive repainting of the home’s exterior.

“It is done. … Best paint job we’re ever had,” said Carol Dage, the site’s superintendent.