• 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.

Oral Histories: A

Norine Allen, Truman family neighbor.

Norine Allen

Allen, Norine (Mrs. C.H.)
Interviewed July 18, 1991

Norine Allen, widow of Dr. Charles Allen and longtime neighbor of the Trumans, had four daughters in the same age range as Margaret Truman Daniel.

Interview (pdf - 306KB)
Appendix (pdf - 804KB)

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Anderson, C.E.
Interviewed June 20, 1983

Charles E. Anderson, a building contractor from Independence, Missouri, performed remodeling services at 219 N. Delaware Street beginning in 1953 when the Trumans returned from the White House.

Interview (pdf - 168KB)
Appendix (pdf - 1.7MB)

Gerald Anderson

Dr. Gerald Anderson

Anderson, Dr. Gerald
Interviewed June 6, 2000

Dr. Anderson was Mary Jane Truman's personal physician. He examined her at the Truman home when she could no longer climb the stairs to his office in Independence. He was socially acquainted with Harry and Bess Truman through the fraternal organizations to which they both belonged.

Interview Not Transcribed

Marcia Armstrong

Marcia Armstrong

Armstrong, Marcia
Interviewed August 13, 1991

Marcia Armstrong, employed by Upjohn, worked as a nurse for Bess W. Truman from September 1980 until Bess's death in 1982.

Interview (pdf - 274KB)
Appendix (pdf - 34.0MB)


Did You Know?

Detail of Harry Truman's signature. Credit: National Park Service

Through Mr. Truman’s early letters, we can tell that most of the beliefs, philosophies, and values he expressed as a politician were already in place long before he dreamed of a life as a public servant.