Truman's parents moved to Lamar from Independence, MO in 1882. Truman was born in a little farmhouse there in a downstairs bedroom on May 8, 1884. His family moved back to Independence 11 months later. So Lamar does not have a huge claim on him, and Independence is where the Truman home, Library, etc., are located, a National Historic Site. But Missouri maintains his birthplace as a State Historic Site, and it was very nice. The house is 20 x 28, with a living room, small bedroom, kitchen, and hired man's bedroom off the kitchen downstairs, and two small bedrooms under the eaves upstairs. The original Truman furnishings have not survived, but period furniture has been assembled for it and it is sweet. The quilts on the bed were especially nice. Most of all, the little visitors' center had a good selection of postcards which Ellen is always eager to find. We got in just under the wire - they closed at 4pm, had a little tour, bought cards, and were on our way into Kansas and to Pittsburg.
|Harry S Truman birthplace|
|The birth bedroom|
|Upstairs bed with lovely quilt|