• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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  • Weekend Parking

    Due to the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival (Aug. 29 - Sept. 1) in downtown Independence, parking will be limited around the park visitor center and surrounding neighborhoods. Please plan accordingly. The Truman Home will be open for tours.

Bess Truman: A Lady First, Then a First Lady

Bess Wallace

Bess Wallace Truman

Truman Library

First Lady Bess Truman grew up in an affluent family, was a gregarious tomboy as a child and grew to be an extremely private politician's wife. To those who knew her, she was generous, loyal and always exuded the qualities of a true lady. This online exhibit explores the life of Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman from her childhood through her role as first lady.

Courtship & Marriage
Life in the Spotlight


Did You Know?

Truman and party at Key West. Credit: Truman Library

The atmosphere at the presidential retreat in Key West was always relaxed. The President handed out cards that read: DON’T GO AWAY MAD…JUST GO AWAY. Ice water got poured on anyone unwary enough to lie on the beach with their eyes closed. And loud Hawaiian shirts were the dress code of the day.