The role of Independence to be on full display at updated Truman Library

KMBZ News Staff
November 05, 2019 - 5:51 am

Lacey Helmig / Truman Library Institute


Kansas City, MO -  The expansion and rehabilitation project at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence is making leaps and bounds.

"They have completed the interior demolition," says Cassie Pikarsky with the Truman Library Institute. "They have completely knocked everything down where the new entrance will go."

The $25 million project will feature new interactive exhibits and will focus on Truman's life before, during and after the presidency.

One entire portion of the museum will be dedicated to the history of Independence, and how the city influenced Truman's life and vice versa.

Pikarsky said the updates have been needed for a long time now. 

"The library exhibits themselves haven't been updated in 20 years," Pikarsky said. "That's a long time, but a really long time in the exhibit world, when you just think about how much technology has progressed."

Construction is scheduled to wrap up by late next Summer, so history buffs young and hold can visit the newly updated facilities by Fall 2020, just in time to celebrate the 75-year anniversary of Truman's becoming president.

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