You just never know where you will find Liberace in historical collections. Today he popped up in the collection at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.

Many do not know that Truman himself was an accomplished pianist adding even more weight to the fact he had treasured an album given to him by Liberace enough to keep it in his personal collection. Follow this link to video of President Truman playing piano.

We also have an album that was given to Truman from Liberace, and the front of it is signed to Truman from Liberace. I know that Liberace played for Truman in 1949. Both albums are in the exhibit.

~Kristen Stalling

Museum technician at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

President Harry S. Truman pictured with, from left to right, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Jo Stafford, Liberace, and Wally Cox at the White House News Photographers Ball.

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site exhibit “It is Not Noise, It is Music”  is open to the public through May 30 2011 at 223 N. Main St. in Independence. The exhibit features a selection of albums from the Truman collection of more than 250 albums. The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and viewing the exhibit is free. Call 816-254-9929 for more information.

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