At look at Harry S. Truman’s Presidential Museum and Library

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KTVI) - It's President's Day and we honor all the nation's past presidents, including one from Missouri.

FOX 2's Patrick Clark took a look into the presidential past of Harry S. Truman.

In Independence, Missouri on the outskirts of Kansas City sits The Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library.

As you enter the 33rd president`s collection, keep in mind Missouri’s only president had a hand in this building getting off the ground.

Kurt Graham/Director Truman Presidential Library & Museum:  “It`s the first library to function for a post president.  Franklin Roosevelt built the first library but of course he died in office.  Truman built this library as his post-presidential project”.

Dedicated in 1957, Truman raised the money and oversaw the competition of this complex.

Kurt Graham/Director Truman Presidential Library & Museum:  “Truman envisioned this library as a place to study the American presidency.  He did not want this to be a big shrine to himself”.

Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton`s democracy mural is overhead as you move ahead past Truman’s most notable desk item.

Kurt Graham/Director Truman Presidential Library & Museum:  “He had to make some very difficult decisions in his presidency and he did so without looking back or second guessing.

...He made his decisions and moved on and literally the buck stopped with him on his desk”.

And on the backside, Truman’s reminder, I’m from Missouri.

That`s the chair he sat in during his time in the oval office from 1945 to 1953.

Kurt Graham/Director Truman Presidential Library & Museum:  “The white house itself was undergoing a major renovation. The West Wing were.  So he and Bess were living across the street in Blair House and then he came to work in the oval office”.

Like the S that sits in the middle of Superman`s chest, this average man`s 'S' in the middle of his name was short for nothing.

His parents couldn`t come to an agreement, so they stuck with S.

And though he wasn`t college educated, this true man was well read.

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