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Experiencing Truman While the Truman Library is Closed | August 8, 2019

Experiencing Truman While the Truman Library is Closed

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum has officially closed its doors for a transformative renovation project. However, there are still plenty of sites to visit to get a Truman experience, from churches to soda fountains.

Truman Home

The Truman Home
219 N. Delaware St.
Independence, MO 64050

Preserved by the U.S. National Park Service, the Truman Home gives visitors the opportunity to take a look at how the former president and first lady lived. Their utilitarian lifestyle is on full display for visitors as they walk through the center of Harry and Bess’s world. Free tours of the Truman Home can be arranged through the visitor center at 223 N. Main St.

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site Visitor Center
223 N. Main St.
Independence, MO 64050

The visitor center is the place to arrange a guided tour of the Truman Home or an audio tour of Truman’s neighborhood, historic downtown Independence, or the Truman farm grounds in Grandview. Children also have the opportunity to become Junior Rangers at the visitor center by visiting the Truman Home and completing several Truman-related activities.

Truman Farm House

The Truman Farm
12301 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Grandview, MO 54030

The Truman family farm offers a look at Harry Truman’s boyhood. The Truman Farm Home is not open regularly for tours, but the grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk. Cell phone tours of the grounds are available online for visitors.

The Historic Truman Courthouse
112 W. Lexington St.
Independence, MO 64050

The Historic Truman Courthouse offers a glimpse into the life of then-Presiding Judge Harry S. Truman. The grounds have been restored to the design from the Courthouse’s 1933 renovation, a renovation that Truman himself oversaw. Visitors can enjoy experiencing both Truman and Independence history.

Truman Historic Walking Trail
223 N. Main St.
Independence, MO 64050

The Truman Walking Trail begins at the National Historic Site visitor center. Brochures available at the visitor center allow visitors to walk in Truman’s footsteps. The route is 2.7 miles long and includes over 40 sidewalk plaques that help guide visitors.

Truman Trinity Church

Trinity Episcopal Church of Independence
409 N. Liberty St.
Independence, MO 64050

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, Trinity Episcopal Church was home to the wedding of Harry and Bess Truman in 1919. Their daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Clifton, were also married at Trinity in 1956.

The Truman Depot
600 S. Grand Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

Harry Truman greeted a crowd of thousands at the Missouri Pacific Depot, or “Truman Depot,” when he and Bess returned home from Washington D.C. in January of 1953. The Depot is still an active Amtrak station and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Clinton’s Soda Fountain
100 W. Maple Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

Before he was president, Truman’s first job was at Crown Drug Store in the building that now houses Clinton’s Soda Fountain. Clinton’s is set up as a traditional soda shop and offers treats like phosphates, ice cream and milkshakes.


The Truman Library is currently closed for a massive renovation.The museum’s permanent exhibits will be entirely redesigned, and while some artifacts highlighted here will remain on display, some will return to the Truman Library’s vast collections.

Learn more about the exciting future of the Truman Library here.


Denton Williams is a Public Programs / Public Relations intern at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the Truman Library Institute. He is receiving a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Webster University.