• 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.

Truman Home Second Floor Photo Tour

"During the life of my daughter, the area above the first floor of my residence shall not be available to the public." --Bess Truman
 
Harry and Bess Truman's second floor bedroom.

Harry and Bess Truman's second floor bedroom.

HABS Photo, Jack E. Boucher

When Bess Truman passed away in 1982, her will left her home in Independence to the United States of America, with one important stipulation. Mrs. Truman wrote, "During the life of my daughter, the area above the first floor of my residence shall not be available to the public."

Mrs. Truman enjoyed her privacy, rarely inviting visitors into the private areas of her home. To ensure her daughter's privacy, Bess wrote into her Will, permission for Margaret to use the second floor for one week per year. While Margaret never stayed in the home after her parents' deaths, the National Park Service upheld the conditions of the Will.

Margaret Truman Daniel passed away on January 29, 2008. While Bess Truman's concern for her daughter's privacy is no longer an issue, preservation of the President's home is a paramount concern and the upstairs of the Truman home will remain closed to the public.

Images of the second floor rooms can now be viewed in the image gallery below.

 

Did You Know?

The Saber Dancers at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Credit: Truman Library.

Truman chose to fight the Cold War by rebuilding the West’s defenses to surpass that of the Soviet world, and of meeting each Communist challenge quickly and unequivocally.