News Release 064

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392

April 30, 2014 Volume 42-14-064 

Celebrate Truman’s 130th Birthday at Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site May 10

Jefferson City, Mo. - Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site will celebrate Lamar in the 1940s on Saturday, May 10. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, activities will be held throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Harry S Truman’s 130th Birthday.

Activities and exhibits for the event are open to all ages. Staff will provide historical talks and tours of the Truman birthplace home throughout the day. The site will also feature a display of 1940s clothing, provided by Powers Museum. World War II Bingo will be held at 10 a.m. Activities for children will include making World War II model airplanes and playing with silly putty, which was invented during World War II.

At 1 p.m., on the steps of the Barton County Courthouse, Harry S Truman impersonator Raymond Startzmann will reenact the speech Truman gave in Lamar in 1944. In this, the first speech of his vice-Presidential campaign, Truman publicly accepted his party’s nomination. Following the speech, Mr. Startzmann will walk to the President’s birthplace, just as President Truman did following the original speech. At the birthplace, visitors can enjoy cake and celebrate Truman’s 130th birthday. The FOG Barbershop Quartet will entertain visitors with songs from the 1940s beginning at 2:30 p.m.

This event is held in conjunction with the Barton County Chamber of Commerce.
The Harry S Truman Birthplace is located at 1009 Truman Street in Lamar, two miles off of Interstate 49. For more information about the event, contact the site at 417-682-2279. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


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