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 WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In May, the National Archives at Kansas City will open a new location in downtown Kansas City, MO, in the revitalized Adams Express Building near historic Union Station, in the heart of the city’s growing cultural district. The new quarters and a special exhibit are described in the Spring 2009 issue of Prologue magazine, the official publication of the National Archives and Records Administration.


The new facility will be dedicated Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23, 2009. Highlights will include an official dedication with remarks by Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne Thomas, an open house and history/genealogy fair, and a speech by Clifton Truman Daniel, former President Harry S. Truman’s oldest grandson. Performances by the 312th Army band will precede and follow his remarks. Tours of the new facility and exhibits, It’s Big! and The Kansas-Nebraska Act, will be available, along with family activities. For more information see
The new issue of Prologue highlights the relocation and opening of the National Archives at Kansas City. Prologue also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the birth of Harry S. Truman with three articles written especially for the issue – including one by grandson Clifton Truman Daniel describing Truman’s role as a grandfather to daughter Margaret’s four boys. This issue also explores Truman’s devotion to history and his views of historians, and his relationship with artist Thomas Hart Benton, who created the famous mural in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Special activities at the Truman Library are planned for May 8 and 9. For details, see
Copies of this issue of Prologue are for sale in the gift shops at the National Archives at Kansas City at 400 West Pershing Rd. in Kansas City, MO, and at the Truman Library at 500 West U.S. Highway 24 in Independence. For subscription information go to

National Archives at Kansas City

One of 13 Regional Archives, the National Archives at Kansas City will hold Federal records from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, along with select material from Minnesota and the Dakotas. Among its holdings are original records of the U.S. District Courts, U.S. Attorneys, Bureau of Prisons, Steamboat Inspection Service, Bureau of Indians Affairs, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, National Parks Service, and microfilm publications of many of the nation’s most significant records.

Treasures of the National Archives at Kansas City include records relating to the milestone Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, Wild West showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody, President Ulysses S. Grant, and Walt Disney which are among the 50,000 cubic feet of records in its holdings.
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