• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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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)

Nancy and Henry Kissinger

The Kissingers with Mrs Truman

Kissinger, Dr. Henry
Interviewed May 7, 1992

Dr. Henry Kissinger describes his only meeting with Harry S Truman at the Truman Library in 1961, while Kissinger was a consultant to President John F. Kennedy. Subsequently as secretary of state in 1975, Kissinger and his wife Nancy Kissinger visited Bess W. Truman in her home in Independence.

Interview (pdf - 586KB)

Nancy Kissinger

Nancy Kissinger

Kissinger, Nancy
Interviewed June 25, 1992

Nancy Kissinger joined her husband in 1975 on a trip to Independence, Missouri, that included a visit to Bess W. Truman in the Truman home. Kissinger describes what she recalls of the visit, including Mrs. Truman's concerns about growing older and being able to stay in her home.

Interview (pdf - 586KB)


Did You Know?

Harry and Bess Truman on their wedding day. Credit: Truman Library

Harry felt he should be financially sound before he proposed to Bess. He wrote, “They say it is bad luck to buy [a wedding] ring on time [i.e., credit] or with borrowed money, hence my long wait about getting it.”