Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Independence, Missouri: Truman Library

Harry Truman has had an interesting relationship with historians over the years. When he left office in 1953, he wasn't particularly well-regarded. But as the years have past and the times have come under scrutiny, those same historians have come to realize that Truman navigated the country through some terribly difficult waters in that post-war period.

The library has plenty of exhibits about Truman's life, as you'd expect. Harry and Bess are buried in the courtyard in the middle of the complex (shown here), which is a nice, peaceful area. You can see Harry's office from there. Harry worked out of the complex after leaving the Presidency. If you wanted to know why he dropped the atomic bomb in 1945, Harry would sit down in that office and write you a letter with an explanation.

Drop by the next time you are in Kansas City.

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