National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 29, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

Jon Taylor to Dicuss Harry Trumanís Independence: The Center of the World at the Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City(MO)…On Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the Jackson County Historical Society, will host Jon Taylor for a discussion and signing of his book Harry Trumanís Independence: The Center of the World. This program will take place at the newly renovated Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse on the square in Independence in the Brady Courtroom. Copies of Harry Trumanís Independence will be available for purchase onsite.

Even after leaving presidential office at a time when America was in its ascendance to global power, Harry Truman would call Independence, Missouri, the ďcenter of the world.Ē It was already a town rich in the history of westward exploration and spiritual pilgrimage before he began sixty-four years of residence there, but the way it shaped Truman and was, in turn, shaped by him has defined Independenceís legacy. That defining relationship is explored here by Truman expert Jon Taylor as it never has been before.

To make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email Taylor will be available after the program to sign copies of his book.

About the Author

Jon Taylor is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Missouri and served as historian for the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, from 1993 to 1998. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the National Council on Public History and the author of A President, A Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri and Trumanís Grandview Farm.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

The Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization located on the historic courthouse square in Independence, Missouri. The Society has roots dating back to 1909, formally organized in 1940 and official incorporation in 1958. JCHS is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of our heritage and to promoting the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history. For more information visit

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