The 33rd president of the United States was actually born near the southwest Missouri village of Lamar in 1884. Cake and punch will be served at that State Historic Site for his birthday.
Just south of Kansas City is the Harry S. Truman Farm, a part of the Truman National Historic Site. He lived and worked here with his family for 11 years. I’d like to tell you that cake and punch will be served here for his birthday, but thanks to the federal government sequestration and budget cuts with the national park service, tours have been canceled at the farm until Washington can get its act together. Wonder what kind of hell Harry would give them about this situation?
On May 8, cake and punch is served at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. It’s a great place all of the time to learn about the grit of this man that made some difficult decisions to end World War II, to desegregate the U.S. military, and lead us into the Korean War.
But to really celebrate Harry’s birthday, stop in for ice cream at Clinton’s Soda Fountain, where the future president worked as a teenager.
Then step next door to “Wild About Harry,” a modern era haberdashery saluting one of Truman’s many failed careers. Wild About Harry is not a souvenir shop, although some Truman souvenirs are available. Check out the collection of Bobble-head presidents as well as clocks and coasters with some of Harry Truman’s best known sayings.
Looking for cuff links made from football leather? High-end model airplanes? Bar tools for the man-cave? Or a hand-crafted walking stick or a cane like that which Harry used strolling the streets of Independence? That’s the type of product you’ll find at Wild About Harry.
It’s just a fun place to look around and explore, for men and women, but truly a great place to buy local and celebrate Harry Truman’s birthday.