Two of the area’s top attractions reopen today with the end of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
“We are very happy to be back,” Carol Dage, supervisor of the Harry S. Truman Historic Site, part of the National Park Service, said Monday. That historic site includes the Truman Home in Independence, which draws about 45,000 visitors a year.
It’s back on its regular winter schedule, meaning it’s open Tuesdays through Sundays. The Truman Historic Site office on the Square was open Monday, and Dage said people were coming in to get tickets to tour the home.
The Truman Library, which draws more than 100,000 people a year, also reopens today. It’s open seven days a week.
The shutdown started in late December and threatened to cancel the last few days of the major special exhibit of 2018, “Heroes or Corpses,” which tells the story of Truman’s service during World War I. The library said Monday the exhibit will be held open for at least another week.
Also, the library plans to reschedule a tribute to President George H.W. Bush that had been set for Jan. 17.
Dage said it’s hard to say exactly how many visitors the Truman Home missed out on during the 35-day shutdown, but said attendance typically picks up briefly around the holidays because people are in from out of town to see family. She said Chiefs games have the same positive effect, and a couple of those, including a playoff game, fell during the shutdown.