Upgrade work underway at Truman Home in Independence

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | 8:31 a.m. CDT

INDEPENDENCE — Renovations are under way at the Truman Home in Independence.

The work includes upgrades to the heating, ventilation, cooling and fire-suppression systems. The home's historic wallpaper also is being reinstalled because of plaster problems.

Officials at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site said the improvements are much needed.

The grandfather of former first lady Bess Wallace Truman built the Victorian home around 1867.

Truman moved into the home when he married Bess in 1919, and the couple's daughter, Margaret, was born there in 1924.

Except for time spent in Washington during Truman's term in the U.S. Senate and his presidency, the Trumans lived at the home for the remainder of their lives.


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