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Harry S Truman National Historic Site Seeks Public Opinion on Entrance Fee Increase

Independence, Missouri – Harry S Truman National Historic Site is seeking permission to raise its fee for tours of the historic Truman Home to $7.00 effective January 1, 2018 and we would greatly appreciate the opinions and thoughts of our constituents and visitors. The fee increase will not only bring the park more in line with other local and regional attractions, in terms of fees and admission rates, it will also provide revenue that will go a long way towards preserving the park resources for future generations. The park is very fortunate to have a strong support base among our visitors from every state in the Nation and around the world, partners, and our fellow visitor attractions. The park is proud to be part of a National Park system that Americans deeply and wholeheartedly support.

The last fee increase at Harry S Truman National Historic Site was in early 2014, from $4.00 to the current $5.00 for adults 16 and over. (Children 15 and under are admitted at no charge, as are those who hold Federal recreation passes.) The fee is collected for guided tours through the Truman Home at 219 North Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri.

Fees collected (except for the new Federal Interagency annual and lifetime Senior Pass) at Harry S Truman National Site are reinvested directly into park resources, both at the Truman Home in Independence and at the Truman Farm in Grandview Missouri. The park has a number of important future projects intended to protect and preserve park resources and provide the ideal visitor experience at both locations.

The staff at Harry S Truman NHS is very mindful that the citizenry should and must have input into this proposed increase, and the park hopes that the public makes their voices heard. The public may submit their comments on this proposed increase via mail, at 223 North Main Street, Independence, MO, 64050, via email, at HSTR_Superintendent@nps.gov, or online at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/

 

219 North Delaware Street Independence

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News Release Date: July 14, 2017

Contact: Douglas J Richardson

Independence, Missouri – On April 12, 1945, while visiting with some colleagues in the United States Capitol, Vice President Harry S Truman received a telephone call instructing him to rush to the White House. When he arrived, he was informed by Eleanor Roosevelt that her husband, Franklin Delano, had died. Later that evening, a shocked, saddened, but determined Harry S Truman was sworn in as the 33rd president of the United States.
 
During the previous ten years, Harry S Truman had served in the United States Senate, representing the great state of Missouri. Senator Truman, his wife, Bess, his daughter, Margaret, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Madge Wallace, frequently went back and forth between Washington, D.C., and their beloved home at 219 North Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. During those ten years, the home in Independence began showing its age and was in need of some love and care. Upon becoming President, the family home in Independence became the focus of much attention, as the American people had a deep desire to know more about their new president. In the summer of 1945 the family’s home was the focus of a beautification project, which included painting it a beautiful white. From 1945 to 1953, while Harry Truman served as President of the United States, he and his family would often return to the “Summer White House” in Independence.
 
As a result of age, weather patterns, and more, in recent years, the “Summer White House” has lost much of its luster. Starting on July 17, 2017, a special project will begin to repair and replace compromised wood with every effort to save as much historic fabric as possible. The Home will then receive a much needed paint job. The project is expected to last into the middle of September. When finished, 219 North Delaware Street will shine like it did in the summer of 1945, when Harry Truman made his first visit home as President of the United States.
 
This project is made possible because of the fees collected at Harry S Truman National Historic Site. Fees collected at the site have supported a wide variety of projects that have helped the National Park Service preserve the Truman Home and associated properties and museum objects for future generations. “The American taxpayer and those who visit our park deserve special thanks for allowing us to proceed with projects such as this,” says Harry S Truman National Historic Site Superintendent Carol J. Dage. “Bess Truman gave such a wonderful gift to the American people, and to the world, when she left her beloved family home for us to enjoy and experience. The entire staff of the park is grateful to Mrs. Truman and the Truman family, and to the American people for their overwhelming support.”
 
During the project, there may be periods when tour schedules and tour routes may need to be adjusted, in the interest of resource protection and safety for all. Updates and any schedule changes on the project will be provided on the park’s website and its Facebook page.
 

 
 
 

Last updated: October 3, 2017

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