• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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National Park Service Employees

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Dawson, Betty
Interviewed July 14, 2003

Betty Dawson was instrumental in the early preservation of the Truman Farm and its development as a national historic site. She worked for over 17 years as a National Park Service seasonal guide at the Farm Home.

Interview Not Transcibed

 
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Hayes, Jennifer
Interviewed May 22, 1997

Jennifer A. Hayes, an employee at Harry S Truman National Historic Site since its inception, discusses the park's development, physically and organizationally.

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Lisa Bosso Houston

Lisa Bosso Houston

Houston, Lisa Bosso
Interviewed August 31, 1990

Lisa Bosso Houston served as museum aide during the first three years of Harry S Truman National Historic Site, 1984-1987.

Interview (pdf - 197KB)

 
Andy Ketterson

Andy Ketterson

Ketterson, F.A. "Andy"
Interviewed August 5, 1991

Andy Ketterson served as the cultural resources management chief in the National Park Service's Midwest Regional Office during the foundation and development of Harry S Truman National Historic Site. Ketterson discusses the issues and decisions made during the year and a half from Bess W. Truman's death to the dedication of the site in 1984.

Interview (pdf - 190KB)
Appendix (pdf - 744KB)

 
Norman Reigle

Norman Reigle

Reigle, Norman
Interviewed December 13, 1985, November 24, 1989 and December 22, 1989.

Norman Reigle was the first superintendent of Harry S Truman National Historic Site. The interviews describe early development of the Truman Home and park headquarters, local organization involvement and park operations.

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Richter, Thomas
Interviewed November 15, 1985 and August 27, 1990

Thomas P. Richter served as the ranger in charge when the Truman home was transferred to the National Park Service and was the site's first chief ranger. He remained at the site until October 1987.

Interview 11-15-1985 (pdf - 147KB)
Interview 8-27-1990 (pdf - 344KB)

 
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Tinnin, Karen
Interviewed May 22, 1997

Karen Tinnin was a permanent employee of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site from 1985-2007. During her employ, she was actively involved in the creation, improvements, and management of the Truman Home in Independence, Missouri in her role as park ranger and later, Chief of Interpretation.

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Wilson, Palma
Interviewed May 15, 1990

Palma Wilson discusses her years of employment at Harry S Truman NHS first as lead park ranger (1984-1988) and chief ranger (1988-1990) and the development of the interpretive program.

Interview (pdf - 156KB)

 

Did You Know?

Harry Truman during World War I. Credit: Truman Library.

Harry Truman served in World War I from 1917-1919, rising to the rank of captain in the 129th Field Artillery of the Thirty-Fifth Division.