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Presentation Examines Truman and Eisenhower Legacies

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 4, 2012) – The University of Central Missouri Department of History and Anthropology will offer an examination of two American presidencies as it hosts the presentation of “Eisenhower and Truman: Presidents of the Heartland” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Twomey Auditorium in the Wood Building.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Samuel Rushay, Jr., supervisory archivist for the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, and Tim Rives, deputy director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene, Kan., will discuss the lives, times and accomplishments of these two remarkable men.

Although Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman grew up within a few hundred miles from each other, one in eastern Kansas and one in western Missouri, their lives followed different paths, converging during World War II and as one succeeded the other in the U.S. presidency. Despite perceived differences between the two, historic documentation indicates that they also shared common goals and beliefs that shaped the history of the world.

Rushay is the author of journal articles that have detailed aspects of Truman’s political and personal lives. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Rushay received a doctorate in U.S. history from Ohio University. He lives in Liberty, Mo.

Born in Oklahoma, Rives spent much of his life in Kansas. He received his master’s degree in history from Wichita State University, and spent more than 10 years as an archivist with the National Archives-Central Plains Region in Kansas City prior to becoming deputy director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in 2008.

Learn more about “Eisenhower and Truman: Presidents of the Heartland” at For more information about the UCM presentation, contact the Department of History and Anthropology at 660-543-4404.