America’s 33rd president, Harry S. Truman, proudly hailed from Independence, MO. His legacy lives on at historic sites along the Truman Historic Walking Trail, including the Historic Truman Courthouse and the updated Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Let his words continue to inspire you today through these imagined telegrams.

“I NEVER SIT ON A FENCE. I AM EITHER ON ONE SIDE OR ANOTHER.”

The Kansas City Royals fandom has deep roots in our historic city. Bess Truman famously rooted them on from her living room at the Truman Home. It’s safe to say the Man from Independence would be on the side of the Royals.

“Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers.”

Get inspired for your next read with this list of Harry S. Truman’s book recommendations:

• Plato’s Republic
• Caesar’s Commentaries
• Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography
• Gibbons’ Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
• Harry Leon Wilson’s Bunker Bean
• Floyd Calvin Shoemaker’s Missouri’s Struggle for Statehood, 1804–1821
• Edward Shepherd Creasy’s Fifteen Decisive Battles of The World: From Marathon to Waterloo
• William Shakespeare, all writings but especially Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and The Sonnets

As Truman said, “If you start out even on this incomplete list, you will find it a lengthy study but well worthwhile. It will keep you out of mischief, too.”

“Do your duty, and history will do you justice.”

Celebrate Harry S. Truman’s birthday on Truman Day with a visit to the revitalized Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, reopening after a $30 million renovation. Immerse yourself in the impressive updates and reimagined exhibits for a new perspective on the legacy of the Man from Independence.

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”

Discover Harry S. Truman’s story along the Truman Historic Walking Trail in Independence, MO. From the glowing bell tower above the Historic Truman Courthouse where he presided, up the steps leading to his preserved home, onto the checkered floors of the former Clinton’s Drug Store where he held his first job, and past the pillars of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum where he now resides, Truman’s legacy awaits your discovery.