Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Exhibition Opening: Memories of Korea
Harry S. Truman Library & Archives
Independence, Missouri
March 27, 2010-December-31, 2010

On March 27, 2010, the Truman Presidential Library and Museum will launch a powerful new exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Not simply a military history, Memories of Korea will help Museum visitors feel the impact of the Korean conflict and legacy through the eyes of those who lived there, who fought there, and who were permanently changed by what happened there. Organized around four thematic areas - Culture and History, Antecedents, War, and Legacy - the exhibition will explore the rich culture of Korea; the political winds that led to the first battle of the Cold War; forgotten and newly declassified details that shed new light on the conflict; and the story of the war's aftermath, now six decades long.

Truman Library historians and curators have culled the presidential archives to present an interactive, multi-media experience that draws on the personal as well as the political. At the core is the highly detailed war record left by President Truman's administration. But the experience also will include on-the-ground film footage, audio stations featuring first-person interviews, large-scale photographs, personal memorabilia, family letters, diary entries and much more. Through this unique and original presentation, a personal, powerful and oftentimes brutal picture of the Korean War emerges, forever changing the way we think and feel about "The Forgotten War."

The Truman Library will be partnering with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library on aspects of this exhibition and on other programs that will mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War in 2010 through 2013.


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