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Truman in Independence
Independence (population 112,000) celebrates hometown hero Harry Truman with a variety of sites and tours. At the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, permanent displays examine Truman's life and presidency, while temporary exhibits highlight political and historical themes (800/833-1225; trumanlibrary.org). Visitors can also tour the Truman Home (left) where Truman lived before and after his presidency (816/254-9929; nps.gov/hstr/). Independence's website details other Truman-related buildings and offers a Truman walking trail brochure.