Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton, whose district includes Lamar, has introduced legislation authorizing a study on whether to add the Truman Birthplace into the national park system. The following news release was issued by his office Wednesday:
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO) introduced legislation that would direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of including the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar, Missouri, as part of the Harry S Truman National Historic Site or of designating the area as a separate unit of the National Park System. This measure has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.
"President Harry S Truman holds a special place in the hearts of Missourians. Because the late President is a significant historic figure for our state and for our country, the National Park System has under its control several important buildings and areas in Independence and Grandview that played a part in President Truman's life. His birthplace in Lamar, Missouri, however, remains in control of the state of Missouri.
"In order to study the feasibility of bringing the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site into the national system, I was pleased to draft this legislation. I am hopeful the House Natural Resources Committee will consider it in the coming weeks so that Interior Department officials can begin their study."
After hearing from local officials and meeting with representatives of the National Park Service, Congressman Skelton drafted legislation to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study whether adding the Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site to the National Park System is feasible. The study would take no more than three years. Should the study yield positive results, Congress could at that time consider legislation to add the Lamar site as part of America’s National Park System.