- Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
Infobox presidential library
name =Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
location = Independence,
dedication_date =July 1957
Harry S. Truman
National ArchivesThe Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library is a libraryand museumdedicated to preserve the papers, books, and other historical materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman. It is located on a small hillfacing U.S. Highway 24in Independence, Missouri, Truman's hometown.
It was the first
presidential libraryto be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act and is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It was dedicated in July 1957 in a ceremony which included the Masonic Rites of Dedication; those attending included Herbert Hoover, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, and William F. Knowland.
The president and his wife,
Bess Truman, are buried in the courtyard of the Library. Their daughter, Margaret Truman, was on the board of directors, and upon her death in January 2008, Margaret Truman's ashes and those of her late husband, Clifton Daniel(who died in 2000), were interred there as well.
The museum includes an introductory film tribute to President Truman, which leads to the two floors of exhibits, including photos, film clips, news clippings, and memorabilia, covering Truman's life and career.
United NationsSecretary-General Kofi Annangave his final speech as Secretary-General at the library, where he encouraged the United Statesto return to the multilateralist policies of Truman.
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
* [http://www.trumanlibrary.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/1957-07-08_Dedication Newsreel clip of dedication of Truman Library] , from the
* [http://www.nps.gov/history/NR/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/103truman/103truman.htm "Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This is Where I Belong"," a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan]
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