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INDEPENDENCE

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AMERICAN LEGEND

Retrace the steps of President Harry S.Truman.
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FAMILY ROOTS

Branch out while rediscovering your past.
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WAY WESTWARD

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WEEKEND GETAWAY

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upcoming EVENTS

Jun
1
Thu
Saving the White House – Truman’s Extreme Makeover @ Truman Library and Museum
Jun 1 2017 @ 10:00 am – Mar 24 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Saving the White House - Truman's Extreme Makeover @ Truman Library and Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

When the Truman’s moved into the White House, they became aware of many flaws within the house. The shabby conditions were apparent, but soon the structural issues became undeniable: chandeliers shook, floors creaked, and Harry Truman joked that ghosts roamed the halls. After Margaret’s piano leg fell through the floor, the Truman’s knew they had to take a closer look. Eventually it was determined that the White House was in serious danger of collapsing in on itself and something had to be done. In response, the president worked closely with Congress to create a group, the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion, which was responsible for the most noteworthy and politically complex home-improvement job in America.
The Truman Library is now presenting a 3,000-sq ft temporary exhibit to share the complex story of the White House renovation. In the exhibit, the 1,222-day, $5.7 million renovation, controversial project is displayed through many different sources such as quotes and artifacts. In addition, the exhibit features the photographs of Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer assigned to the White House. Rowe’s exclusive access to the White House and the resulting photographs have provided an invaluable record of the time. Visitors to the museum will be able to view artifacts such as mantel pieces, souvenirs, and never-before-seen film footage.

Jan
20
Sat
BED (Botany, Ecology, and Design) Talk: Benjamin Franklin Bush @ National Frontier Trails Museum
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BED (Botany, Ecology, and Design) Talk: Benjamin Franklin Bush @ National Frontier Trails Museum | Independence | Missouri | United States

Join Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism for an afternoon exploring the life and legacy of Independence native Benjamin Franklin Bush. In honor of his 160th birthday, local historian Ralph Monaco will portray Bush in an exclusive interview with The Examiner reporter J.A. Southern (portrayed by R. Scott Smith).
View items owned by the famous botanist, see a demonstration of his techniques, and enjoy free refreshments.