• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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Rev. David Patrick

Rev. David Patrick

Patrick, Rev. David C.
Interviewed August 14, 1991

The Reverend David C. Patrick served as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence, Missouri for four years (1951-1955). During that period he was the pastor for Bess W. Truman, Margaret Truman, and Madge Gates Wallace, who died in 1952.

Interview (pdf - 221KB)

 
Milton Perry

Milton Perry

Perry, Milton F.
Interviewed July 18, 1991

Milton Perry served as the first curator of the Truman Library until his retirement in 1976. Perry had the unique benefit of working closely with Harry S Truman to develop the exhibits in the library.

Interview (pdf - 364KB)

 
Alex Petrovic

Alex Petrovic

Petrovic, Alex M.
Interviewed August 19, 1991

Judge Alex Petrovic offers a unique perspective as the legislative representative of the Trumans in Jefferson City, Missouri, as then as an eastern district judge of Jackson County. These positions brought him into occasional contact with the Trumans and reveal Mr. Truman's interest in local political affairs at least until 1970.

Interview (pdf - 2.6MB)

 
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Pettigrew, Alversia
Interviewed July 12, 2003

Alversia Pettigrew grew up in the black Independence neighborhood called "The Neck." She discusses what life was like for African Americans growing up during the period of integration and urban renewal and the connection of domestic workers to the local community.

Interview Not Transcribed

 
Bo Pike

Bo Pike

Pike, Bo
Interviewed August 24, 1989

On May 27, 1955, Margaret Truman hosted Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person and interviewed her parents, former President and Mrs. Harry Truman while they sat in the comfort of their Independence, Missouri home. Bo Pike was then a technician for Kansas City's CBS affiliate and provided technical support for the broadcast.

Interview Not Transcribed

 

Did You Know?

Bess Wallace Truman as a young girl. Credit: Truman Library

Harry met Bess when he was six and she was five. It took him five years to get up the courage to speak to her, another fifteen years to call on her, and then he courted her for nine years while attempting to make his fortune.