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Harry S Truman National Historic Site will celebrate National Park Week--and Junior Ranger Day--with special activities for children and their families, during the week of April 19-27. The theme of this year’s National Park Week is “Kids in Parks.”
Throughout the week, special showings of the short video, “National Parks Panorama” will be offered in the Harry S Truman National Historic Site Visitor Center at 233 N. Main Street in Independence. Other National Park Week activities include a Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt in the Harry S Truman Historic District and an NPS Arrowhead activity for kids. Children who participate in these activities will be eligible to receive a special Harry S Truman Junior Ranger patch.
National Park Week will start on April 19 with special Saturday hours for the Harry S Truman Office and Courtroom. Located in the 1933 Jackson County Courthouse on historic Independence Square, the office and courtroom will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 30 minute video about the life of Mr. Truman and his hometown, “The Man from Independence” will be shown every hour on the hour, beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for students, and is free for children aged 5 and under. The office and courtroom are operated by the Jackson County Historical Society.
The second annual national Junior Ranger Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 26. Children ages 8-12 are invited to participate in a unique ranger led art program during which they will learn about our 33rd president and produce an art project to take home. The program will be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and spaces are limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the visitor center at 816-254-9929. Special awards will be available for children participating in any of the parks’ activities on Junior Ranger Day.
National Park Week is an annual presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of our National Parks. National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer - our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated historic and cultural heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, places of quiet refuge, and opportunities for families to spend time together.
For more information about National Park Week and Harry S Truman National Historic Site, please call the visitor center at 816-254-9929.