The Buck Stops Here

Trip Start Jul 06, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Missouri
Friday, July 15, 2011

As mentioned in our last entry we made it to Independence MO just before 1pm. And the hot weather has begun around here. It must have been 95 with a higher heat index.  Luckily the museum and library is air conditioned.

I must say it was a very nice museum. I never knew there was so much about Harry Truman I did not know.  The museum provides a look at his whole life laid out into his youth, before and after being President and during the White House years.  They would show specific events that shaped his presidency. For example the Korean War, or the Cold War.

Did you know that there was an assassination attempt on his life while living at Blair House (White House was being renovated). Two assassins, one was killed along with a police officer and the other wounded and put in prison until the late 1970s.

I hope the pictures look good as no flash photography is allowed. My camera instead takes about 3 to 5 pictures in rapid succession and merges them to get enough light. I think it does a pretty good job.

Both Harry and Bess are buried in a nice courtyard setting. The museum also recreates his oval office and the office he used at the museum after he retired.

We ended up spending over 2 hours and it did not seem that way. If other presidential museums are as nice I look forward to visiting them in the future.

Back to the hot car and onward for another 2 hours to Columbia, MO for the night.

Peg's Additions:

I really wasn't thrilled about going to this until we arrived.  I was so impressed with everything.  There's a volunteer guide that greets you as you arrive and acclimates you to the museum.  We spent a lot of time at the museum before we realized how late it was.  We didn't even see the movies.  Alison was able to do lots of interactive activities and actually enjoyed herself.  I learned so much about Truman.  This is a great place!  Now I'm sorry we didn't schedule a visit to Abilene to see Eisenhower's library/museum.

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