Progress on the Truman Library renovation continues despite the slowdown on many fronts in the community and across the nation because of the spread of COVID-19.


The presidential library in Independence, after the biggest renovation and expansion in its history of more than 60 years, is still projected to reopen this fall, according to the Truman Library Institute. Officials have previously said they’re aiming for September.


May 8 is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – VE being Victory in Europe, the end of that part of World War II – and it’s Truman’s birthday. Several events around that time have already been postponed, including the Wild About Harry gala on April 23. Also, a local appearance by David McCullough, whose book “Truman” won him the Pulitzer Prize, had been announced previously. The Truman Library Institute said the plan at the moment is to schedule most of those events for this fall.