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Harry S Truman National Historic Site
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Anna Mary Robertson Moses better known as Grandma Moses was born in 1860 and did not take up painting until age 75 when her hands, crippled with arthritis, could no longer hold an embroidery needle. Popular for scenes of rural life, she quickly became one of the most successful and famous artists in America. Her paintings were reproduced on Christmas cards, tiles, and fabrics in the United States and abroad. In 1949 she was guest of the President and Mrs. Truman at a tea where the President played the piano for her. He also presented her with the Women’s National Press Club Award for outstanding accomplishment in art. The Trumans were fond of Grandma Moses’ work and received two tiles from Dr. Otto Kallir, the director of the Gallerie St. Etienne in New York City, after their return to Independence from the White House in 1953. The tiles are currently on display in the kitchen of the Truman home.
Wooden building blocks, various sizes and shapes. Belonged to Margaret Truman, circa 1930. One block inscribed "M.M.T." for Mary Margaret Truman. HSTR 25057.