Harry Truman, our 33rd President, was born in Independence, MO. He went to school there, served ice cream and soft drinks at an Independence Soda Fountain, met his wife, and after leaving the White House, he returned “home” to Independence, MO.
During your next trip to our city, visit the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. Walk the streets of the neighborhood just west of the Independence Courthouse Square that is the National Historic Landmark District. This was the first such designation dedicated to an individual and not an event. Historic Preservation is important to this midwestern city.
Begin your tour at the visitor center at 223 N. Main St. where tickets are available for $5 for adults, free for children 15 and younger. Tours for Harry Truman’s home are limited to eight people in each group and tickets are sold on a first-come/first-served basis. Learn about the Truman’s time in the home by viewing a 15-minute film at the visitor center. You can also get directions to the Truman Farm in nearby Grandview, MO. The grounds of the farm are open to the public during daylight hours but the home is not open for tours.
To learn more about Harry Truman’s time in the White House, visit the Truman Presidential Library & Museum, located just one mile north of the National Historic Site. Learn about Truman’s life from birth, through his marriage, service in the World War I, and his life in local and national politics by viewing a 45-minute film by Charles Guggenheim. The Museum has a number of permanent exhibits as well as some temporary, special exhibits. The current temporary exhibit is “Saving the White House: Truman’s Extreme Makeover”. When President Truman entered the historical mansion, it was in need of major renovations and was declared to be in imminent danger of collapse! This exhibit tells the story of the controversial $5.7 million renovation project which gave us today’s White House.
The Truman Presidential Library & Museum also sponsors special events and programs. In November, you can enjoy programs such as “Churchill’s Legacy Two Speeches to Save the World” and “The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World”.
The Museum is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and the admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children age 6-15.