Here for the night at the Ameristar Casino. It’s huge! They actually provide a shuttle from the free RV-parking area to the casino.
Had another peaceful, albeit chilly, night. Woke up cold about 4 – can’t remember what the temp was but I fired up the furnace and that took care of it. Have I mentioned I love the GDB?Not to brag, but this was the view out of my skylight
And here’s my closest neighbor. I ended up nestled between a couple of semis.Arrived in Independence and went straight to the Truman Presidential Museum. I stayed until it closed, not wanting to leave. HST is one of my favorite American stories; I have read a good deal about him so I was excited. The museum did not disappoint. I could go on for a long time about it but will contain my comments to a few memorable photos.
|My mother would be appalled.|
This is a wonderful Thomas Hart Benton mural – the first one I’ve seen in person - at the entrance. I was thrilled to tour the ongoing Benton exhibit because I recently saw a fascinating Ken Burns documentary about his life and work.I’ve never met a president before!
This actor was amazing. He not only looked and sounded like HST but he has an extensive knowledge of all things Truman.
He held a press conference and we asked questions posing as reporters from our hometown papers. It was a compelling experience. I can’t say enough about this man and the way he brought Truman to life.
This flag was made by a US prisoner-of-war in Tokyo. It was crafted from parachutes that dropped care packages over the camp. It was sent to HST after the war. Seeing it made me misty-eyed for sure.The library is large and the exhibits extensive. I started to pass by one but noticed the Purple Heart. It was awarded to a soldier killed in Korea and was later sent to HST by the young man’s father along with the letter on the right.
Of course, the Oval Office was on display.
Not sure how I feel about seeing such familiar things in a museum!
|Kitchen at the beginning of the prosperous 50's.|
Tomorrow I’ll see the Truman Home in downtown Independence. I’m a little bummed because they only do guided tours Tues. – Sat. And it’s first come-first served in groups of 8. Don’t know if I want to stay around till Tuesday and gamble that I’ll get a ticket. We'll see.