• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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  • Weekend Parking

    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.

Cultural Landscape Report

Bess Truman's rose garden in the backyard of Truman Home.

Bess Truman's rose garden in the backyard of the Truman Home.


Cultural Landscape Report: Truman Home

Though it is impossible for natural elements to be "frozen in time," it is possible to maintain the general appearance of the cultural landscape. This plan guides park staff in the maintenance of the property. All floor plans have been removed for security reasons.

Part I: Administrative Data (250 KB)
Part II: Historical Data (2.95 MB)
Part III: Field Survey/Existing Vegetation (327 KB)
Part IV: Recommendations and Analysis (415 KB)
Part V: Maintenance Guide to Perpetuate the 1953 - 1972 Historic Landscape (553 KB)
Appendix (4.90 MB)

Did You Know?

Bess Wallace seated. Credit: National Park Service

Bess provided Harry with motivation. He wrote her in 1914, “When the finest girl in all the world has faith in a fellow’s ability to win, he’s simply got to do it, that’s all.”