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Published: December 27th 2006
Our last big stop was in Missouri to visit the home of Harry Truman and his Presidential Library. We had listened to David McCullough’s book detailing Harry Truman’s life as we drove. It was quite a long, detailed and interesting. So a visit to Harry’s hometown seemed like a perfect culminating activity.
The National Park Office was our first stop, where we viewed a brief video of Truman’s Life. The office contained lots of artifacts and memorabilia from the Truman’s home. It was rather late in the day so we found a campground in Independence, affiliated with a church, and spent the night, Up early on a frosty morning we made the first tour of the Truman Home. It was like taking a walk backwards in time, the old toaster and blender sitting on the counter and the table set for breakfast for two. By today’s standards the house was small and unpretentious. It is preserved as it was, after Harry left the White House, with Margaret’s piano, the dinning room set for company, Harry’s office, and the sitting room, where many politicians visited.
The Library is an impressive structure. The oval office was reproduced as it was for
Harry S Truman. The back of the library is the resting place for Harry and Bess. Downstairs one can track history as it occurred in the US.
The town of Independence’s claim to fame is Harry S. Truman.
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