Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kander Announces Program on Truman’s Grandview Farm

May 16, 2013
(Official Press Release Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's Office)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program highlighting Truman's years on the farm. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander's office, on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Author Jon Taylor will be speaking about his new book, Truman's Grandview Farm.
The rolling hills of southern Jackson County still shelter the white and green farmhouse Harry S. Truman occupied in the days before his journey to the presidency. Following his father’s death in 1914, the duties of the 600-acre farm fell to then 22 year-old Harry, who bore them until he enlisted to serve in World War I. It was at the farm that his nine-year courtship with Bess Wallace blossomed through the letters the couple exchanged between Grandview and Independence. During the 12 years he worked the farm, Truman also joined the National Guard, honing his negotiating skills that later proved an asset in his political career. Join us for an evening with Jon Taylor as he draws on photographs, letters and even farm receipts, to piece together a picture of the farmer from Missouri whose humble beginnings prepared him to lead the nation.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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