Friday, June 24, 2011


The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Jon Taylor, on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book Truman’s Grandview Farm. Taylor will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Southern Jackson County still shelters the white and green farmhouse Harry Truman occupied in the days before his journey to the presidency. Truman moved to the farm in 1906 at the age of twenty-two, and after his father died in 1914, he shouldered the duties of a six-hundred-acre farm until he enlisted to serve in World War I. It was here that his nine-year courtship with Bess Wallace blossomed through the letters the couple exchanged from Grandview and Independence and through her occasional visits to the farm. Drawing on photographs, letters, and even farm receipts, historian Jon Taylor pieces together a picture of the man from Missouri whose humble beginnings prepared him to lead the country.

About the author

Jon Taylor is an assistant 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.

Copies of Truman’s Grandview Farm will be available for purchase via the Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

The National Archives at Kansas City 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 available for public access. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit:

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