Beautiful new mural added to Independence Square

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A new mural honoring the history of the California, Oregon, and Santa Fe Trails was recently completed by artist Julie Heide on the Independence Square. You can find it on…

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Celebrate 50 years of the SantaCaligon Days Festival!

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The long-standing Independence tradition, the SantaCaliGon® Days Festival, has a lot to celebrate!  The festival hosted by the Independence Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Xfinity will celebrate its 50th…

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Happy Birthday President Truman!

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Celebrate with us President Harry S. Truman's birthday is May 8 and to celebrate there are a variety of activities, events and programs at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library…

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This Great Debater Called Independence Home

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Melvin Tolson isn't a household name, but most everyone is familiar with Denzel Washington. In 2007, Denzel Washington directed and starred in a movie called The Great Debaters, which tells…

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Explore the Brand New Independence Visitors Guide

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Visit Independence is excited to introduce its new Official Visitors Guide for National Plan for Vacation Day 2022.The 2022 Independence Official Visitors Guide offers an all-encompassing look at the top…

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Our Favorite Harry Truman Quotes on Education
Principal and teachers of the Columbian School, Independence, Missouri. Top row, left to right: Tillie C. Adams; William D. Hifner, principal; Donna Loar. Middle row, l-r: Mary V. Moore; Belle Murphy. Bottow row, l-r: Laura Woodruff; Mamie Dunne; Retta Searingen. From: Independence Schools.

Our Favorite Harry Truman Quotes on Education

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Independence's Harry S. Truman loved learning. Even before he started school, he knew how to read, and his love for history and biography served him well as President of the…

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We’re Reopening our Historic Sites

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After being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Visit Independence will reopen the Vaile Mansion and the Bingham-Waggoner Estate to the public beginning Saturday, May…

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