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'A New Benchmark For Presidential Libraries'

Two years and $29 million have transformed the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the continuing influence of President Truman's policy decisions.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum has completed its first major renovation in more than 20 years and the largest since the museum opened in 1957.

The result is a state of the art facility featuring historical artifacts and interactive exhibits that highlight the 33rd president's life and tenure in office. Museum staff explain what visitors can expect and the collaborative work done between the museum and designers to realize an exhibition that the museum director says has "set a new bar, a new benchmark for presidential libraries."

Segment 2, beginning at 28:25: President Harry S. Truman faced issues America continues to wrestle with today; civil rights, foreign policy, national health insurance, public housing and more.

An examination of Truman's pivotal political decisions, how those changed American life — and the world — and how the choices he made have stood the test of time.

  • Burdett Loomis, professor emeritus at the University of Kansas
  • Bob Beatty, professor and chair of the political science department at Washburn University

The Truman Museum reopens Friday, July 2 at 9 a.m. and will be open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Visitors must present timed tickets upon arrival for admittance. Tickets are available online only at http://www.trumanlibrary.gov/.

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