ERIC Number: ED476348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This Is Where I Belong." Teaching with Historic Places.
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) spent 64 years of his life in Independence, Missouri. The qualities instilled in him there as a child and young adult guided him personally and in his careers as farmer, judge, senator, and President of the United States (1945-53). After leaving public office in 1953, he returned to his hometown to live among the family and neighbors who had always supported him. The house where Truman and his wife shared 53 years of married life is preserved today as the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. The home and neighborhood help people understand the life and character of the 33rd President. This lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, or geography courses in a unit on Truman's presidency; or incorporated in a study of the role of small towns in U.S. society and how notable people are shaped by their early years. The lesson plan contains eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Missouri; Kansas City, Independence, and Grandview, Missouri); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Years of Growth (1884-1906); Years of Change and Challenges (1906-1934); Harry Truman and National Politics (1935-1952); Retirement Years (1953-1972); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Harry Truman's Independence; Truman House, 1904; Truman House Today; Courthouse Square, Independence); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (The Place We Call Home; Why Preserve Old Buildings?); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Historic Sites, Material Culture, Presidents of the United States, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/103TRUMAN/103TRUMAN.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.