In 1955, the Presidential Libraries Act was formed. This act encouraged future Presidents to “donate their historical materials to the government and ensured the preservation of Presidential papers and their availability to the American people.” There are 13 Presidential Libraries across the US and we have just stated visiting them while on our journey. Barack Obama’s Library will be finished in 2020 in Chicago, IL.
The first library under the Act that was built was the Harry Truman Library in Independence, MO. Just outside Kansas City, we were able to visit this library and learn more about Mr. Truman.
Mr. Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States taking the presidency after the death of Franklin Roosevelt. The library has a replica Oval Office of while he was in office. We found it fascinating that it seemed a bit empty from other Oval Offices we have visited. The reason for this is for the press that would come into the Office and he would do the press meeting in there. We also learned that he was the President that ended World War II and he formed NATO and the Marshall Plan.
If you are planning a trip to or driving through Kansas City, a stop to the Harry Truman Library is well worth the stop. Plan on at least 3 hours. There is a 45 minute movie in the Auditorium and $8 per adult, it is well worth the history lesson.
Other libraries we have visited:
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