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.
Join Midwest Genealogy Center for this year’s Spring Seminar, a day-long event featuring speakers Ruth Ann Hager and Patti Hobbs, at Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Center (18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055).
Ruth Ann Hager will present two lectures, “Finding the First Landowner Using Family Maps, Historygeo, and Texas Land Survey Maps”, and “Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies in the Civil War”.
Patti Hobbs will give two lectures on DNA testing, including “Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines”, and “Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results”.
Early Bird Registration Fee $55 until February 15th. Registration fee after February 15th is $65 and includes a buffet lunch. Registration is required through Eventbrite and seating is limited. For more information, see our website midwestgenealogycenter.org or call MGC at 816-252-7228.
Harry’s Hop n’ Hunt
Location: Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Museum Grounds
The White House Egg Roll is coming to Independence! Since 1878 American Presidents and their families have commemorated Easter by hosting an egg roll on the South Lawn of the White House. This year the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum will bring the tradition home to the heartland.
In addition to the White House-style Egg Roll, there will also be an Egg Hunt for kids 12 and under, and Story Time on the Steps with famous faces from around town. Rumor is that the Easter Bunny will be stopping by to join the family fun too!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:00am – Story time on the Steps
10:10am – Egg Roll Race Round 1
10:35am – Story time on the Steps
10:45am – Egg Hunt (Bring your own basket)
11:00am – Story time on the Steps
11:10am – Egg Roll Race Round 2
11:35am – Storytime on the steps
11:45am – Egg Hunt (Bring your own basket)
The event will be followed by a family scavenger hunt on the Independence Square. All are welcome to this free day of family fun at the Truman Library. RSVPs are requested for the Egg Roll, but participants are invited to compete in as many races as they would like. Hop on over and join us on March 31!
An original work by Kansas City playwright Jacqee Gafford, Dark Was Their Journey, is set in a seaside resort where the widows of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X spend a weekend together reflecting on their life journeys. Featuring performances by Lynn King as Betty Shabazz, Sherri Roulette-Mosley as Coretta Scott King, and Karen Cline Wright as Myrlie Evers-Williams. For adults. Registration is required.
The 6th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held on September, 8th, 2018 from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries include the McCoy Park all-inclusive Play Ground, Great Plains SPCA, Community Services League, Independence School District Character Plus Program, Special Olympics, Shoes for Orphan Soles, Shelter Box, Job One, CAPA, Hope House, Rotary Youth Camp and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon. No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale.