Independence, Missouri, just east of Kansas City, is considered the hometown of Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United. However, he was born near the little town of Lamar in southwest Missouri in 1994. That site is now a Missouri State Historic Site.
Just south of Kansas City in Grandview is the Harry S. Truman Farm, a part of the Truman National Historic Site. He lived and worked there with his family for 11 years.
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Harry Truman Presidential Library and Museum
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum showcases he grit of Give ’em Hell Harry, the man who made tough decisions to end World War II, to desegregate the U.S. military, and lead us into the Korean War. You’ll also learn about the remarkable relationship between Harry and his wife Bess.
Visit the Presidential Library on May 8, Harry’s Birthday, for free admission and free cake and punch.
But to really celebrate Harry’s birthday, stop in for ice cream at Clinton’s Soda Fountain on the square in downtown Independence where the future president worked as a teenager. He swept floors and scooped ice cream and all the odd jobs one would expect. His favorite treat with a butterscotch sundae with chocolate ice cream.
Wild About Harry in Independence Missouri
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 presidential bobbleheads as well as clocks and coasters with some of Harry’s best sayings.
Looking for cuff links made from football leather? High-end model airplanes? Bar tools for the man-cave? Or a hand-crafted walking still like that Harry used when 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, but truly a great place to buy local and celebrate Harry Truman’s lively presence in Independence, Missouri.
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