• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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    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.

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Reathel Odum

Reathel Odum

Odum, Reathel
Interviewed October 10, 1988

Reathel Odum was Bess W. Truman's personal secretary from 1945 to 1953. Odum discusses living in the White House, Madge Gates Wallace, guests of the Trumans during the presidency, and visiting the Truman home in Independence.

Interview Not Transcribed

 

Did You Know?

Truman with Pendergast and others. Credit: Truman Library

Upon the fall of the Pendergast machine, Harry wrote Bess, “Looks like everybody got rich in Jackson County but me. I can still sleep well even if it is a hardship on you and Margie for me to be so…poor.”