Missouri’s Only Presidential Library Gets a Dazzling Makeover

When our editor toured the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum in Independence, she came away with a heightened appreciation for the only Missourian to serve as president of the United States. Here’s why you should visit, too.

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.

November 2, 1948

This date in Missouri and U.S. history: The Show-Me State's Harry S. Truman was elected president.

President Harry S. Truman and family.

October 29, 1949

First Daughter Margaret Truman was the featured soprano soloist with the St. Louis Symphony at Kiel Opera House. She received four curtain calls and sang two encores.

Old photo of Missouri Musicians

June 30, 1949

The Missouri Waltz was chosen as our state song. It was used as Truman's theme song but it was reported that he had a strong dislike for the tune and the words.

Dewey Defeats Truman St. Louis Union Station Harry S Truman

November 3, 1948

At the St. Louis Union Station, Harry Truman displayed the famous newspaper headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman."

September 18, 1948

Harry Truman was making remarks to a crowd in Trenton, Missouri, from the rear platform of his train as a part of his whistle-stop campaign tour.

July 26, 1948

President Harry Truman did away with segregation in the military with executive order 9981, making it a model for the rest of society.