Sunday, May 12, 2013

Independence, MO


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.   

My mother would be appalled.
 
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. 

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. 



Here are letter’s contents.  Click to magnify.

 
HST's staff was cleaning out his desk after he died and found it.



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.

 

 

8 comments:

  1. Why not? You have an open schedule, and it seems to be something you're really interested in.

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  2. Are you going thru Independence on your way back? If not, I agree with Judy, stick around. Or did Emma leave that message?

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  3. lol...I know what you mean about the kitchen set etc. I realized a couple of days ago that some things I bought new are now vintage..oh my...where does the time go?

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  4. At least we are just "vintage" not yet "antique". :)

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  5. I got tickled at your saying that your mother would be appalled. Mine would be, too. Tee Hee.

    I loved your thoughts on Truman. I got misty eyed just reading about it. And brother, that was one PO'd dad, although I certainly can empathize. It's a tribute to Truman that he kept it. I bet it wounded him deeply, too.

    Loved the 50's furniture. We had a refrigerator that looked just like that one. Didn't have the same dinette, but I have seen them.



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  6. Yes, I'll bet that letter made Truman feel really awful. Which is probably why he kept it, as a reminder. I can't see current politicians feeling bad if they got the same letter and medal.

    Wonderful photos, I'd be teary too seeing that flag. What easy lives we have, huh? Lucky us. :)

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  7. Did you see his "the buck stops here sign" When I was in the 'Little White House' in Key West they had a reproduction. They said the original was there in MO.

    The story they tell in Key West was the 'buck' was a buck knife that sat in front of the dealer in a poker game. If it was your turn to deal the cards and you didn't want to deal you 'passed the buck' (the deal) on to next guy. That was considered to be an unmanly thing to do.

    The prisoners in a shop that made the sign for Truman when he was there for a tour of the prison said "We thought you were not the kind of guy who would ever pass the buck" I had always thought that had something to do with making tough decisions or taking responsibility. But I guess in a way it still means that.

    Glad to see you are having a good trip,

    Fred & Ann Orlando, Fl.

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  8. Oh - Fred and Ann, you made me realize I forgo to include the photo of the plaque. Yes, it is there right at the entrance. So cool!

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