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.

July 6, 1957

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

March 5, 1946

Winston Churchill gives his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton. Churchill used the phrase "Iron Curtain" to define the division between Western nations and Soviet powers.


Missouri is home to three stops on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail which tells the stories of people and institutions that sought equal rights for all.

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.