President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week.
Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which read, “The Buck Stops Here,” the following sites offer $1 admission all day:
- Bingham-Waggoner Estate , 313 W. Pacific
- Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty
- 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home Museum, 217 N. Main
- Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. U.S. 24
- Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road
- National Frontier Trails Museum , 318 W. Pacific
- Harry S Truman Home National Historic Site, 219 N. Delaware (buy tickets at Truman Visitor Center, 223 N. Main)
- Leila’s Hair Museum 1333 S. Noland
From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy unlimited rides on the Truman Trolley for $1 per person. The trolley begins at the Independence Square and circles past the above-listed attractions (except the Puppetry Arts Institute and Hair Museum).
As always, the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River, and Mormon Visitors Center, 437 W. Walnut, provide complimentary tours. Guided tours at the Chicago & Alton 1879 Depot, 318 W. Pacific, also are free.
The Depot will recognize National Train Day and Truman’s love of and use of trains on May 11, when visitors can watch model trains in operation and savor free cake and punch, served outdoors on the grounds of the Depot. While tours and events at the Depot are provided at no charge, cash donations are welcome.
The Truman Library & Museum hosts a wreath ceremony at the Truman graves on May 8, his actual birthday. The ceremony begins in the courtyard at 9 a.m. Free birthday cake will be served beginning at 1:30 p.m. and a chance to visit with a Truman reenactor is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before you leave, walk downstairs to see the new long-running special exhibit, “Benton and Truman, Legends of the Missouri Border,” included with regular paid admission.
Plan your visit with online resources like a complete calendar of events, details about attractions, lodging and dining suggestions and an interactive visitor’s guide at the Independence Tourism website, VisitIndependence.com.
Written by Janeen Aggen, media relations representative for Independence Tourism.