On Sunday, the Independence Pioneers Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution partnered with the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum to host a celebration in honor of Bess Wallace Truman’s 135th birthday. Mrs. Truman, wife of our country’s 33rd president, was a hometown girl and honorary member of the local DAR chapter. She was born Elilzabeth Virginia Wallace on February 13, 1885 in Independence.


A special tribute to Mrs. Truman was given by DAR chapter regent Anne Mallinson, followed by Harry S. Truman Library & Museum Deputy Director Kelly Anders’s introduction of the keynote speaker, David Wallace. Wallace is the nephew of Harry and Bess Truman and the only remaining member of the family who lived in the Wallace-Truman house during the 1930s and 1940s.


Wallace entertained the audience with personal anecdotes, family photos and recipes from his new memoir, “I Called Him Uncle Harry: Growing Up in the Truman-Wallace Household.” He was on hand afterward for book sales and autographs.


After the program, the audience followed the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard out to the lobby for birthday refreshments, hosted by the DAR chapter.


The free afternoon event was open to the public and has been a local tradition since 1985. This year it was held at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road. The Independence Pioneers would like to thank Truman Library Special Events Coordinator Kathy Cornelius for her help in making the event a success.


NSDAR membership is open to women age 18 or older who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Persons who are interested in joining should visit the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution website at mssdar.org.


– Submitted to The Examiner