Summer Road Trips: All Things Harry S. Truman

If this presidential election has you confounded by candidates and dumbfounded by debates, make the logical choice by picking Harry Truman in 2016.

Okay. You’re right. Truman isn’t going to appear on official ballots anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show him your support by visiting his home state in 2016.


Around Missouri, several museums, historic homes and other sites are dedicated to Truman’s legacy, with Independence serving as the epicenter of all things Truman.

  • The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is a history lover’s dream come true. Truman’s papers, personal artifacts and a replica oval office are part of the experience. Visit org for hours of operation and admission fees.
  • At the the Truman Home in Independence, a National Historic Site, you get an inside look at Truman’s life. This home was Truman’s primary residence from 1919 until he died in 1972, covering the years before, during and after his service as president. Stop at the site’s Visitor Center, 223 N. Main, to obtain your tickets for the home tour – the home is at 219 N. Delaware St., about five blocks west of the Visitor Center.
  • About two hours south of Independence, see where it all began for Truman at the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site. Truman was in born Lamar on May 8, 1884, in this modest home, nestled in the heart of the city.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts also have a great opportunity to connect with Harry Truman, and perhaps reel in a lunker, when they visit the Harry S. Truman Reservoir, better known as Truman Lake. Covering more than 55,000 acres, Truman Lake’s clear waters make it a great destination for anglers seeking crappie and bass.
  • A peninsula that juts into the lake contains the Harry S Truman State Park, a popular destination for hiking, swimming and camping.

These are some of the places to explore when you visit Missouri with a Truman-focused itinerary. Learn more about these sites, and other attractions with ties to Truman, at VisitMO on Pinterest Missouri Travel Guide

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