July 6, 1957

On this date in 1957, the Harry S. Truman Library opened in Independence. 


Covered wagon stopped under a sunny, blue sky.

December 13, 1798

This is the birthday of Joseph Rutherford Walker, one of the greatest of all the westward explorers and a Missourian from Independence.


October 28, 1884

Near Independence, Mrs. John Oliver walked into a closet where her husband stored blasting powder.  A spark from her pipe ... you can guess the rest.