The Saving the White House: Truman's Extreme Makover exhibit will close on Dec. 31 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24, Independence.
When the Trumans moved into the White House in 1945, they soon discovered the old mansion was on the brink of collapse. The floors swayed as they walked on them, joints popped and cracked, and rats even scurried through holes in the walls and across the floors. While Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman all joked in their letters and diary entries about hearing the “ghosts” of presidents past, these mysterious noises were actually telltale signs that the White House was disintegrating.
The Truman Library has been telling the incredible story of the largest White House renovation in history. The exhibit gives visitors the chance to peer through the halls of the decrepit White House when the Trumans moved in, offers an insider's perspective into the renovation itself, and shows off the final remodeled mansion the Trumans moved back into in 1952. The 3,000 square foot exhibit features the work of White House photographer Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer with unprecedented access to the White House and the presidency, and tells the captivating story of this massive renovation.
The exhibit is included in the museum admission price and is free for members.