The Superintendent's Compendium
Each year, the Superintendent of a National Park is required to create or update a special set of rules and regulations that are specific to that site, with the intent of preserving the cultural and natural resources of that site, and to help ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees.
Firearms and Other Weapons
Legislation: As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
Park User Responsibility: It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please see the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 571.
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities: Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Specifically, firearms are prohibited inside the park visitor center and the Truman Home in Independence. Firearms are also prohibited inside the Truman Farm Home in Grandview. Refer to 18 U.S.C. § 930.
• Superintendent’s Compendium Described
The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.
The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park and to protect visitors and property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these Parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.
As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provides the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or disallowing certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources or those that are highly controversial in nature.
Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.
A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.
This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the National Park System.
A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at:
Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
The CFR is also available on the Internet at:
2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium
The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 16 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1 et.seq. (Organic Act of 1916, as amended) to “…regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment for future generations” (16 U.S.C. Section 1). In addition, the NPS Organic Act allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to “make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the use and management of the parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service” (16 U.S.C. Section 3).
In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions as to the overall mission of the NPS. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. Sections 1a1-1a8), Congress brought all areas administered by the NPS into one National Park System and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1916.
In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted Systemwide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress further reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various areas of the National Park System, as defined by Section 1 of this Title, shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by Section 1 of this Title, to the common benefit of all people of the United States.”
16 U.S.C. Section 1c defines the National Park System as”…any areas of land and water now or hereafter administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the National Park Service for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.” In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated in the Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitor and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, than that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.
3. Consistency of This Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements
The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect on a number of small entities nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 516 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.
4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium
As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park System area. The requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:
• Is there use or activity consistent with the NPS Organic Act and NPS policy?
• Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?
• Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?
• Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?
• Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?
• Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?
5. Applicability of the Compendium
The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.
6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements
NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers enforce the requirements of the United State Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent’s Compendium.
7. Penalties for Not Adhering to the Compendium Requirements
A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of this Compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings. You may receive a list of fines associated with any particular provision by contacting the Chief Ranger at the park address found below.
8. Comments on the Compendium
The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.
Written comments on the Compendium may be submitted to:
Superintendent Harry S Truman National Historic Site
223 North Main Street
Independence, Missouri 64050
9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium
The Superintendent’s Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document, and remains in effect until revised for a period up to one year.
10. Additional Information
Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.
Copies of the Compendium are available at the park Visitor Center, 223 North Main Street, Independence, Missouri. It may also be found at www.nps.gov/hstr.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site – Defined:
B. SUPERINTENDENT’S COMPENDIUM
I. 36 CFR §1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
• Truman Home – 219 North Delaware, Independence – First floor exhibit area is open to the public for ranger-guided tours (only) on Wednesdays to Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A ticket is required for entry into the home and grounds. The ticket may be obtained at the Visitor Center for the specific timed tour. All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All children under six (6) must be accompanied by at least one (1) adult per two (2) children. • Noland Home – 216 North Delaware, Independence – First floor exhibit area is open to the public for self-guided tours on Wednesdays to Sundays from 9:00-4:30 p.m.
• Truman Farm Home – 12301 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Grandview, MO is not currently open for home tours. Cell phone tours of the grounds are available for visitors during daylight hours. (The grounds are open from sunrise to one-half hour past sunset). Cell phone tour brochures are available on-site.
• Closures: The park is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The park Superintendent may occasionally and temporarily close the park, to include all visitor services, activities and administrative offices, due to emergency, safety/health hazards, inclement weather, authorized Federal holidays, etc.
36 CFR §1.5 CLOSURES and PUBLIC USE LIMITS:
• At the Independence Unit, the interiors of the Truman Carriage House, Frank Wallace Home, George Wallace Home and Garage are closed to the public. The grounds of the Frank and George Wallace Homes are closed to the public. The grounds surrounding the Truman Home are closed to the public except during special events, or for guided tours of the Truman Home grounds when employees accompany visitors.
Determination: The Truman Carriage House, the Frank and George Wallace Homes, the George Wallace Garage and the outbuildings at the Grandview Unit are closed to the public because these structures tell the Truman story only as exterior exhibits to help interpret the historic landscape associated with 219 North Delaware Street, and are used for park administrative uses, e.g. offices, quarters, maintenance and storage purposes.
Determination: Entering the grounds of the Noland, Frank and George Wallace Homes is prohibited in order to protect/preserve the cultural landscape and structure exteriors. The grounds of the Truman Home may only be accessed during guided tours.
• Authorized NPS vehicles
Determination: The driveways and alleys at the Truman and Noland Homes in Independence are not in a condition that would allow constant or continued traffic. The alley to the south of the 8 Truman Home is shared with a neighbor and this alley should be used on a limited basis in order to ensure safety for our neighbors and park visitors walking to the site.
The following recreational activities and/or non-traditional uses are prohibited within Harry S Truman National Historic Site because these activities detract from the park’s historical theme and legislatively mandated purpose, create the potential for a visual intrusion on the historic scene, and have the potential to interfere with visitors’ understanding of the Truman story.
a. Use of fireworks or any other types of explosive devices on park property b. Vehicular traffic and overnight parking at the Independence/Grandview Units
e. Vehicle washing, waxing, and polishing
f. Vehicle maintenance (except during an emergency breakdown)
g. Sports/Recreation activities-Athletic-type games and sports with or without equipment, use of Frisbees, balls, and similar objects considered recreational equipment, use of personal athletic equipment and devices such as golf clubs, boomerangs, roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, and similar recreational-type equipment.
h. Flying or operating of drone or unmanned aircraft, quadcopters, model airplanes, kites, and similar devices.
i. Interpretive programs (non-NPS)
j. Weddings on the grounds of the Independence and Grandview Units
k. Passenger Carrying Buses
l. Attachment of any items on trees or park structures is prohibited.
m. Climbing or traversing on park’s cultural resources.
n. Eating, drinking or possession of food and beverages is prohibited within the Visitor Center, Truman Home and Truman Farm Home.
All public areas in the Independence and Grandview Units are closed to the use of fireworks.
Determination: Fireworks are prohibited because they have the potential for causing accidental structure and ground fires which could result in the loss of irreplaceable cultural resources.
All public parking areas at the Grandview Unit are closed to vehicle camping and overnight parking with the exception of government owned vehicles. Parking at the Independence Unit is primarily City of Independence owned parking (on the street) and the park has no jurisdiction over parking in these areas.
Determination: Since overnight use and camping is prohibited in the park, there is no valid reason for a vehicle to remain in the park overnight unless the National Park Service has been previously advised and authorized its presence.
Picnicking is prohibited at the Independence and Grandview Units. There are no 10 designated picnic sites or picnic tables at either site.
Determination: The restrictions on picnicking are necessary for the protection of scenic values, the protection of cultural and natural resources, the implementation of management responsibilities, the equitable allocation and use of facilities, and to avoid conflict among visitor use activities. In addition, picnicking at both units conflicts with historic themes and legislatively mandated purposes of the park. This activity creates the potential for a visual intrusion on the historic landscape scene and interferes with interpretation of the Truman story.
• Sports and Recreation:
All areas of the Independence and Grandview Units are closed to the public use Involving sports or recreation except as authorized by a Special Use Permit.
Determination: Recreational activities such as those described in the Prohibited Activities section above are prohibited because they would be inappropriate considering the purpose of the park area and the dignity or atmosphere to be maintained. In addition, objects being flown such as drones, model airplanes, kites, and objects being thrown such as balls and frisbees cannot always be precisely controlled while in flight. These items could strike park visitors or employees which could result in personal injury, or they could crash into and through fragile portions of the historic structure such as windows, screens, and framing which could result in substantial resource damage.
• Unmanned Aircraft:
Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft from, or on lands and waters Administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Harry S Truman National Historic Site’s Units in Independence and Grandview, is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without a possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. drones, model airplanes, quadcopters,) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
Determination: Unauthorized unmanned aircrafts within the site may pose a safety hazard to participants and/or visitors, damage cultural resources, interfere with interpretive programming and harass local wildlife. This determination has been made based on the need to maintain public health and safety, to protect park resources and values, and to avoid conflict among visitor use activities until the NPS can determine whether specific uses of unmanned aircraft will not cause unacceptable impacts to park resources and values. Less restrictive measures will not suffice, as this is a necessary, interim measure until the NPS considers how to address this new use on a long-term basis. Allowing the use of unmanned aircraft before the park has properly evaluated whether its use is appropriate could result in unacceptable impacts to park resources, park values, and visitor safety.
For further guidance refer to: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/aviationprogram/unmanned-aircraft-systems.html
• Maintenance and Administrative Areas
All maintenance and administrative areas are closed to public use. Restrictions apply to the park’s Museum Collection Storage, mechanical rooms, equipment rooms, storage rooms and closets, offices, roof space, cooperating association gift shop storage area, and historic buildings.
Determination: To allow maintenance and administration divisions to perform routine work without interruption and to protect property from compromise.
• Interpretive-type program (non-NPS)
The presence of individuals (non-NPS) performing interpretive-type programs without a Special Use Permit or authorization is prohibited.
Determination: To allow interpretive-type programs to be presented in the park without a review process provided by a Special Use Permit can send incorrect, inaccurate or confusing messages to park visitors.
Determination: To allow weddings at the Independence or Grandview unit conflicts with historic themes and legislatively mandated purposes of the park.
• Passenger Carrying Buses
Determination: Engines must be shut down when not underway. The idling of bus engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park.
• The Use of Electronic Bikes (added October, 2019)
Determination: The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.). E-bikes are allowed in Harry S Truman National Historic Site where traditional bicycles are allowed. Sidewalks aside the park visitor center, the Truman Home, the Noland Home and the George and Frank Wallace Homes in Independence are managed by local authorities. At the Grandview unit, bicycles are permitted only on the parking lot and on sidewalks.
E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that12 apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Harry S Truman National Historic Site is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
• Attachment of any items on trees or park structures is prohibited.
Determination: The attachment of brochures, announcements etc. detracts from the historic appearance of the cultural landscape.
• Climbing or traversing the park’s cultural resources is prohibited.
Determination: Climbing on historic park fences, rock walls, stone pillars, wayside exhibits and similar historic structures has the potential to cause irreparable damage to cultural resources.
• Eating, drinking or possession of food and beverages is prohibited within the Visitor Center, Truman Home and Truman Farm Home with the following exceptions:
Determination: Food and beverages attract insects/rodents and can also cause damage to cultural resources such as historic wallpaper, carpet, furnishings and museum objects on exhibit. Employees will be allowed to eat their lunches in the upstairs lunch area of the park Visitor Center and in the basement of the Truman Home. In the Truman Home the trash cans containing lunch plates and cups is to be emptied each day. Park sponsored events and gatherings such as Volunteer-In-Park recognition, employee meetings and special holiday-type get together activities and like events that have been approved by the Superintendent to serve food are exceptions. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:
Truman Home & Truman Farm Tour Program:
• Visitation to the Truman Home is managed through a ticket system. All tickets must be obtained the day of the tour at the park Visitor Center and a ticket is required for admittance to the grounds and interior of the Truman Home. Admittance is granted only for the guided tour time specified on the ticket, late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Note: Admittance for the Truman Home tour is for the first floor only.
• Visitor tours of the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home are limited to the designated visitor use carpet (modern gray carpet) throughout the homes and on the back porch. Stepping off the visitor carpet onto historic flooring is prohibited.
• Touching or handling artifacts or historic fabric within the Truman Home, Truman Farm 13 Home or exhibited at the park Visitor Center is prohibited.
• Consuming or carrying food containers, chewing gum, candy, beverages, or the use of smokeless and other tobacco products, and all electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers or electronic nicotine delivery systems are prohibited.
• Carrying items due to size or hardware that could damage interior features, such as umbrellas, infant strollers, brief cases, backpacks, coolers, shopping bags, and similar large hand-carried items are prohibited. Such items may be subject to search and seizure. Due to the limited space on the tour route, visitor safety and fragile historic artifacts could be damaged by oversize hand carried items. It is recommended that these types of items be left in visitor vehicles. The park will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or confiscated items left unattended. • Using cell phones, radios, televisions, and other audio devices not a part of the NPS tour program is prohibited in the Truman Home, Truman Farm Home and park Visitor Center. Visitors should set personal cell phones to vibrate and not conduct conversations when viewing films in the park theater or during ranger-led programs and presentations. Cell phone conversations in the Visitor Center and Noland Home should be kept at a volume that does not impact other visitors’ enjoyment of the park or park operations in general.
• Segways or other personal motorized devices are not permitted in the Truman Home, Truman Farm Home, Visitor Center, Noland Home, George and Frank Wallace Homes and grounds. As previously documented, wheelchairs will be provided for any visitor with a disability utilizing the motorized devices.
• Visitor photography or videography is not permitted inside the Truman Home or Truman Farm Home.
The following activities are prohibited in the Visitor Center, Truman Home, Truman Farm Home and the Noland Home public use areas and grounds:
• Consuming food, beverages, chewing gum, candy, and the use of smokeless or other tobacco products, all electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers or electronic nicotine delivery systems is prohibited with the following exceptions:
• Park-sponsored events and gatherings such as Volunteer-in-Park recognition, employee meetings and special holiday-type get together activities and other like events that have been approved by the Superintendent are excepted. The exception applies only to the park Visitor Center designations in Special Use Permits.
• Tobacco products and use is prohibited at both the Independence and Grandview Units.
• The use of cell phones, radios, televisions and other audiovisual equipment is prohibited. Visitors should set their personal cell phones to vibrate ate and not conduct conversations when viewing films in the park’s theater or when participating in ranger-led programs/presentations. Cell phone conversations at the Visitor Center main entry room and Noland Home should be kept at a volume that will not impact other visitors’ enjoyment of the park.
Determination: These prohibitions exist because there are numerous cultural resources (the Truman Home itself is considered a cultural resource) within the Truman Home that may be irrevocably damaged. The Truman Home has original door frames and interior doors which if bumped or run into could result in significant damage. Other areas subject to damage include the original plaster walls, wallpaper and carpets throughout the house. Historic door frames are narrower than today’s access standards and widths vary. The Truman Home and Farm Home contain original artifacts from the Truman family and if bumped or run into could result in significant damage or result in the complete loss of the artifact.
Determination: Prohibiting large, hand carried items in the Truman Home/Truman Farm Home is necessary for protection against theft/damage to irreplaceable artifacts along the tour route.
Determination: The prohibition against touching or handling artifacts or historic fabric within the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home is in order to protect irreplaceable furnishings, historic artifacts, and other features from theft and damage that are exhibited along the tour route.
Determination: Visitor photography or videography is not permitted in the Truman Home due to the potential damage that it tends to create. Flash photography is potentially damaging to artifacts, is distracting to other park visitors and interferes with tours. Non-flash or video photography is a distraction to other visitors and interferes with tours. Persons looking at a cell phone screen, or carrying camera equipment, camera bags and selfie-sticks provide the potential to strike artifacts while walking through the narrow confines of the structure.
Determination: The prohibition against the consumption of food and beverage in the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home is because dropped food items and beverages have the potential to permanently stain original carpet and draperies, as well as serve as a food source for insect and other pests. Chewing gum is not allowed because it can be dropped/tracked through the home or become imbedded in original carpet potentially causing irreversible damage.
Determination: The prohibition against leaving the designated tour route runner carpet at the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home is to ensure protection for furnishings along the route and to reduce the potential for theft or damage of artifacts by visitors unattended in the homes.
Determination: Cell phone use while participating on tours is prohibited because conversations would be disruptive to interpretive programs being provided by a park ranger.
Determination: Segways, motorized wheelchairs and scooters are prohibited from use within the Truman Home and Farm Home due to the limited space on the tour travel route, and for the protection of fragile historic artifacts and fragile wallpaper and historic finishes near the tour routes. Access is provided to historic structures first floors with stairs through the use of the Stair-Trac, mechanized climbing machine. The Stair-Trac cannot accommodate Segways or scooters. Wheelchairs will be provided for visitors to the first floor tours of the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home.
Mandated use of face coverings during SARS-COVID-19 pandemic: (Updated 5.21.2021)
All individuals over the age of two who are not yet fully vaccinated must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:
•[e.g., outdoor areas adjacent to visitor centers]
•[e.g., parking lots and common areas in campgrounds]
•[e.g., crowded trails, viewpoints, and other areas of interest]
•[e.g., covered structures that attract crowds such a memorials and open-air pavilions]
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs. Park staff should not ask visitors whether or not they have been vaccinated. Absent evidence to the contrary, park staff should operate as though non-masked visitors are fully vaccinated.
Determination: This action is intended for the health and protection of all NPS employees, Volunteers-in-Parks, cooperation association employees, contractors, and visitors.
I. 36 CFR §1.5/ 1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the Superintendent is required:
§1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:
• Entry into the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home and/or grounds that go beyond a daily operational usage.
§2.4(d) Carry or possess a weapon (excluding firearms in compliance with applicable Missouri state and Federal firearms laws), trap or net
• (a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas
§2.37 Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services (Pursuant to the terms/conditions of a permit issued under §2.50,§2.51 or §2.52)
(a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents (b) Use or possess fireworks
§2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
§2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades, Press conferences and other public expressions of views via special First Amendment Permit
§2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising
§2.60(b) Livestock use §2.61(a) Residing on federal lands
(a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)
(b) Scattering ashes from human cremation
§5.1 Advertisements – (Display, posting or distribution)
§5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (Requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations)
§5.5 Filming and photography:
(a) The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a
permit and without advance notice to the NPS:
• Outdoor filming activities [outside of areas managed as wilderness] involving five persons or
less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold
cameras. The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the
Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the
information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit
if necessary to:
• maintain public health and safety;
• protect environmental or scenic values;
• protect natural or cultural resources;
• allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or
• avoid conflict among visitor use activities.
If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the
concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request
without issuing a permit. Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.
The NPS will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times
will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the
required 10 day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that
a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may
occur without a permit.
The following are prohibited:
(1) Engaging in a filming activity without providing advanced notice to the Superintendent when required.
(2) Engaging in a filming activity without a permit if the activity takes place in areas managed as wilderness or if] the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.
(3) Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action.
Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the
suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.
(b) Still photography activities require a permit ONLY if it:
• Involves the use of a model, set or prop; or
• Requires entry into a closed area for the purpose of commercial advertising
• Photography inside the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home is prohibited.
§5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads (The superintendent shall issue a
permit to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not
§5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, paths,
All permitted activities must occur during the normal hours of operation.
See “Visiting Hours” section above.
Determination: Activities listed above may require Special Use Permits due to their potential for
impact on park visitors and visitation patterns, enjoyment, of other areas of the park, thereby
requiring regulation by the Superintendent or his/or her designee. Permits are also required in
order to regulate special uses of the park and to provide full protection of park resources.
Determination: Filming activities that involve more than five people and hand carried equipment
need to be evaluated to determine if the proposed activity may cause issues with public safety,
environment or scenic values, damage to natural or cultural
other visitors and equitable use and access to park areas.
Determination: Activities listed above require Special Use Permits due to their potential for impact on park visitors and visitation patterns, enjoyment, of other areas of the park, thereby requiring regulation by the Superintendent or his/or her designee. Permits are also required in order to regulate special uses of the park and to provide full protection of park resources.
Determination: Filming activities that involve more than five people and hand carried equipment need to be evaluated to determine if the proposed activity may cause issues with public safety, environment or scenic values, damage to natural or cultural resources, conflict with other visitors and equitable use and access to park areas.
Permits may not be required for activities in the following instances:
• Breaking news stories occurring on park property in Independence and Grandview being covered by multimedia news sources.
• During visits by high profile visitors where their public relations staff may be filming or photographing outdoor activities as documentation of their participation in activities. (Interior photography is prohibited).
• During visits by magazine travel writers where photographs or film segments of outdoor activities will be included within a story which will emphasize the legacy of Truman family members, park resources or available visitor activities. (Interior photography is prohibited).
III. GENERAL REGULATIONS 36 CFR §2.1 - PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
• Visitor traffic is restricted to the modern gray carpet in the Truman Home-1st Floor and Truman Farm Home, the Visitor Center exhibit, theater and bookstore areas and the first floor exhibit space in the Noland Home.
Determination: This prohibition exists, because there are numerous cultural resources (the Truman Home itself is considered a cultural resource) throughout the park that may be irrevocably damaged or cause a public safety concern. Touching or handling artifacts or historic features and fabric within and outside the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home is prohibited in order to protect irreplaceable furnishings, artifacts and other historic features within the homes along the tour routes from theft and damage. Restrictions on climbing historic fences, walls and historic structures are meant to protect the historic integrity of features and the cultural landscape from damage.
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
• There are no designated camping sites or food storage areas within the boundaries of the historic site except as authorized by Special Use Permit.
Determination: There are no campgrounds or locations, programs or facilities to support camping within the park as this would detract from the historic scene and themes of the park and legislatively mandated purposes.
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
• There are no designated picnicking sites at the Independence or Grandview Units.
Determination: Picnicking would detract from the historic scene, the themes and legislatively mandated purposes of the park. In addition, the activity creates the potential for visual intrusion on the historic landscape scene, and can interfere with the interpretation of both the Truman Home and Truman Farm Home stories.
36 CFR §2.13 – FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
• There are no designated areas or receptacles for open fires within park boundaries.
Determination: This prohibition exists, because there are numerous cultural resources (the Truman Home, the Truman Carriage House, George and Frank Wallace Homes, George Wallace Garage and Noland Home in Independence and the Truman Farm Home, Garage and Poultry House in Grandview are original wood historic structures to each site) that may be irrevocably damaged by fire or is a public safety concern. Trees, shrubs, grass and wildlife that are part of the Cultural Landscape may be significantly impacted by fire.
36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE
• Amount consistent with a family travelling and removing refuse from their mode of transportation not to include campers, trailers and motor homes.
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
• All historic structures including, but not limited to, the Truman Home, the Visitor Center, the Noland Home and the Truman Farm Home. Service animals are permitted in all buildings as necessary. Pets are permitted on park grounds at the Truman Farm Home, but must be on a leash and under the immediate control of the pet’s owner at all times. Leash shall not exceed six feet in length.
(a)(3) Pets may be left unattended and tied to an object in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
• No areas have been designated at the Independence and Grandview units for unattended pets to be tied to a structure or an object.
Determination: This requirement is intended to protect visitors, natural and cultural resources, park structures and to ensure that pets are properly cared for while in the park. Pets are not to be left unattended, on site or in vehicles when weather or other conditions could endanger the pet’s health.
• Pets are not permitted on the Independence Unit grounds.
Determination: The Truman Farm Home grounds are cultural and natural resources where people gather and walk the grounds as part of a visitor experience. This restriction is intended to reduce any possible conflict between users and to provide a healthy and safe environment for all park visitors.
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES AND PACK ANIMALS
(a) The use of horses or pack animals is permitted on the following trails, routes or areas:
• Use is prohibited unless it is a horse mounted police/patrol unit, service animal or with a Special Use Permit.
Determination: The Park is highly developed and not meant for routine use of horses or pack animals. This restriction is intended to reduce any possible conflicts between users and to provide a healthy and safe environment for visitors and staff.
36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES
• There are no designated areas within the boundaries of the park units in Independence and Grandview for snowmobile use
Determination: The Park is highly developed and not meant for routine use of snowmobiles. This restriction is intended to protect the cultural landscape, reduce any possible conflicts between users and to provide a healthy and safe environment.
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
• There are no designated areas within the boundaries of the park.
Determination: The Park is highly developed and not meant for routine use for winter activities. This restriction is intended to protect the cultural landscape, reduce any possible conflicts between users and to provide a healthy and safe environment.
36 CFR §2.20 - SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the following areas:
• There are no designated areas within the boundaries of the park.
Determination: These restrictions are intended to reduce any possible conflict between users, protect natural and cultural resources, and for public safety concerns. In consideration of the increased potential for resource damage, threat to wildlife and the health and safety of visitors these activities are prohibited.
36 CFR §2.21 - SMOKING
Smoking and use of vapor or electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems are prohibited at or inside:
• Within all government facilities/vehicles.
Determination: These restrictions are intended to protect the health and safety of park visitors and employees, protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire and prevent conflicts among visitor use and activities.
36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY
• Property may not be left unattended longer than 24 hours unless the Superintendent gives specific permission.
Determination: Unattended property is inconsistent with the orderly management of park areas and may present a security or other threat to park resources. Property may not be left unattended in the park for security reasons, for the possible health/safety reasons, and it is not compatible with the cultural landscape or interpretive value of the park.
36 CFR §2.23 - RECREATION FEES (applicable only until April 1, 2019)
Entrance Fee Areas
(c) The collection of recreation fees may be suspended during the following periods:
• National Public Lands Day
Determination: The authority to require a permit under this section is provided in 36 CFR §71.2. Examples of specialized recreation uses might be foot or bicycle races, festivals, filming, etc.
36 CFR §2.35 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(1) The prohibited locations are primarily set aside to provide an understanding of the events associated with park themes. These areas are maintained for all visitors to enjoy, appreciate and understand the park’s historic resources.
Determination: The Superintendent has determined that the consumption of alcoholic beverages, possession of an open container of alcoholic beverages or use of a controlled substance would be inappropriate considering the historic nature and cultural significance of the Independence and Grandview Units. It has been determined that these prohibitions are necessary for the public safety, for the protection of historic resources and to avoid conflicts in visitor use and experience of the historic site.
36 CFR §2.38 - EXPLOSIVES
• Any use or possession of explosives in the boundaries of the park are prohibited except as authorized by a Special Use Permit.
Determination: The Truman Home and Truman Farm Home grounds are highly developed cultural resource areas within an urban area. The use of fireworks is inappropriate in urban areas, conflicts with local laws regarding detonation of fireworks within city limits, conflicts with visitor enjoyment due to the noise and is a fire and safety hazard that poses a danger to the public and to cultural/natural resources. In addition, fireworks are prohibited because they have potential for causing accidental structure and ground fires which could result in loss of irreplaceable cultural resources.
36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
Notwithstanding any other provision in this Chapter, a person may possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area in accordance with the laws of the state in which the national park area, or that portion thereof, is located, except as otherwise prohibited by applicable Federal law.
This authority does not extend to Federal facilities within the park (18 U.S.C. 930(a)). Federal facilities include:
• Visitor Center
Determination: Park regulation cannot be less restrictive than United States Code.
36 CFR §2.50(a) – SPECIAL EVENTS, CONDUCTING A PAGEANT, REGATTA, PUBLIC SPECTATOR ATTRACTION, ENTERTAINMENT, CEREMONY OR SIMILAR EVENT
• Special events, public assemblies, meetings, and other activities considered non-traditional (i.e. not a customary park visit or not related to the legislatively mandated purpose of the park) are subject to certain restrictions. Refer all persons inquiring about these activities to the Superintendent.
Determination: Special park use may be considered for activity which is not in conflict with law or policy, and which will not result in degradation of the values and purposes for which the park was established, and that do not present a threat to public safety or property, nor would interfere with the Truman site operations, resource protection or visitor use, not exceed established carrying capacities.
36 CFR §2.51 - PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES, MEETINGS, GATHERINGS, DEMONSTRATONS, PARADES AND OTHER PUBLIC EXPRESSIONS OF VIEWS
• Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views are allowed, provided a permit complying with requirements of 36CFR 2.51(a) has been issued by the Superintendent. Demonstrations involving 25 persons or fewer may be held without a permit, however, the Superintendent must be contacted in advance for site orientation to the designated first amendment areas. Permits are valid for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. A permit can be extended for up to 14 additional days, but a new application must be submitted with the extension request. Expression or demonstration of First Amendment rights will be limited to the primary First Amendment area which is the north sidewalk of the Truman Home which runs parallel to Truman Road. If this area is in use, the secondary use site will be the sidewalk at the corner of the southwest Truman yard where the south and west fences join. For demonstration activity at the Truman Farm Home in Grandview, Missouri the primary First Amendment area will be the sidewalk on the south side of the Truman Farm Home which parallels the park lot. The sidewalk nearest the south east storage building which is also adjacent to the parking lot will serve as this sites secondary designated area.
1. The Visitor Center interior space and park Headquarters administrative
Determination: Freedom of speech, the press, religion, and assembly are rights, not privileges. The courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect legitimate government interests. The above mentioned closed zones are closed to First Amendment Rights activities for the maintenance of public safety, the protection of scenic values, and the protection of natural and cultural resources. Harry S Truman National Historic Site was established to preserve in public ownership historically significant properties associated with the life of Harry S Truman, as a place of learning and inspiration. The cultural, archeological, historical, and natural resources within the park’s boundaries are to be preserved for the enjoyment of the park visitor within than preservation context. Therefore, in order to protect park resources and maintain visitor use activities, the Superintendent regulates certain aspects of First Amendment activities such as the time, the place, and the manner in which activities are conducted.
36 CFR §2.52(c) - SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER
• The sale or distribution of printed matter is allowed, provided a permit and associated fees and costs comply with the requirements of 36CFR2.52 issued by the Superintendent.
1. The Visitor Center interior space in Independence, Missouri 2. The park Headquarters administrative space located on the second floor of the Visitor Center.
Determination: The sale or distribution of printed matter is allowed because freedom of speech, the press, religion, and assembly are rights, not privileges under the First Amendment. The courts, however, have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be regulated to protect legitimate government interests such as to protect park resources, maintain visitor use activities, and to prevent interference of visitor activities enjoyment and disruption of park operations.
(a) Livestock in park areas
• Livestock use within the park is prohibited except to maintain an historic scene by means of a special use permit issued by the Superintendent.
Determination: The Truman Home and Truman Farm Home grounds are developed cultural and natural resource areas within an urban area. Livestock use is inappropriate in urban areas and conflicts with visitor enjoyment and public uses.
36 CFR §2.61 - RESIDING ON FEDERAL LANDS
• Residing in the park is prohibited.
Determination: Residing in the park would conflict with the cultural intent, purposes and would compromise the cultural landscape and historic interpretation of the park. It would also conflict with visitor enjoyment and public uses of the grounds in Independence and Grandview, Missouri.
Last updated: July 24, 2021