TRUMAN DAY – Pancakes with Harry, Pet Contest and Truman Trunk Sale | 9am-6pm

May 09, 2015

TRUMAN DAY – Pancakes with Harry, Pet Contest and Truman Trunk Sale | 9am-6pm



Join us for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Chris Cakes and none other than our very own Harry Truman! Tickets may be purchased from any participating merchant on the Square or the Visitors Experience Center located inside the Truman Courthouse — 112 W. Lexington or see online ticket sales below.


Sell Tickets through Eventbrite



Dress your pet as Harry or Bess enter to win fabulous prizes from the Square.  Pet contest will begin at 11am on the south side of the Truman Courthouse.




After breakfast feel free to stroll around the Square browsing the many different specialty shops and various merchants and vendors that will be set up in the Pharaoh Theatre parking lot.  Vendors will be set up in the parking lot from 10am-2pm and will display items such as fun and funky yard art, fancy junk and fine antiques. See below for a copy of the registration form.

WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING VENDORS FOR OUR TRUMAN TRUNK SALE —- If you are a vendor that would like to sell your wares are our Truman Trunk Sale event, please complete this form:

Truman Day Vendor Contract 2015 and email to –



Join us second Saturdays on the Square for a fun, free event featuring more than a dozen local Etsy shops – all under one roof.  Meet the artists and designers, while you find great deals!  We’ll also have refreshments for purchase and special offers from Square restaurants and retail shops.  See you Saturday at Etsy at the Exchange!  For those of you who don’t know, Etsy is a website that allows people to sell their handcrafted products all across the country. This free event, held every ‪#‎SecondSaturday‬, is a great way to meet local vendors who make beautiful, unique items! ‪#‎EtsyAtTheExchange


Visit the historic sites in Independence for only a “buck”!  The following attractions will lower their admission prices to a buck all day: Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific,  Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty, 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home,  217 N. Main, Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, Harry S. Truman Home National Historic Site, 219 N. Delaware (buy tickets at Truman Visitor Center, 223 N. Main)  and Leila’s Hair Museum, 1333 S. Noland.  NOTE:  The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, located 500 W.  U. S. 24 Highway, will offer $1 admission on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.


Pack Your Wagon and Journey West!

Embark on a summer road trip journey, immersing yourself in the pioneer life of the 1840s in Independence, MO. Travel back in time to 1849 where gold was on the mind of thousands and the streets of Independence were bustling with wagon trains arriving and departing from the trails.  Independence, MO, the starting point of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails is launching a new experience for its visitors this summer.

Every Saturday, April – October, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., visitors are invited to step back in time and encounter Independence as it was in 1849. Interact with famous mountain man, Jim Bridger and the first Mayor of Independence, William McCoy. Meet townspeople of all ages and hear their stories of life on the trails and the process of creating a homestead in Independence.  Engage with people of the past on and around the Courthouse square, inside the 1827 Log Courthouse and at the National Frontier Trails Museum.   1849 Townspeople will gather on the west side of the historic courthouse at 10 a.m. every Saturday to say their goodbyes to a wagon train bound for the gold fields of California.

Visitors are encouraged to help pack the wagons and join the wagon train for an adventure of a lifetime.  Wagon trains with storytelling will depart from the Independence Square to the National Frontier Trails Museum on the hour beginning around 10 a.m. and will return to the square on the half hour.  While on your journey to the Trails Museum, learn how covered wagons performed on the trails, their mechanics and the animals that assisted in travel. Your trip back to the square will focus on the Santa Fe Trail, a route of commerce and cultural exchange.  The last return trip from the Trails Museum at 3:30 p.m.  forms part of a wagon train arrival from Santa Fe schedule for 4 p.m. on the square.  If onboard the final return trip, you will be greeted with fanfare by people of the past, and music performed by period musicians, the 49ers.

This summer, time travel is possible! Take your family on a real-life pioneer adventure and experience Independence, the most popular “jumping off” point for pioneers to stock their wagons with supplies before heading out to Oregon or California. Independence has always been a magnet for pioneers, risk-takers, dreamers and doers. Come face to face with ancestors past and retrace the exact path of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails through the swales carved by actual wagon trains. Then hop aboard a mule-drawn wagon yourself and tour historic Independence Square, where it all began. Cast your eyes on the jail that once housed notorious outlaw Frank James. Discover the wonders of the Lewis and Clark expedition which launched the Westward Expansion. The struggles. The dangers. The rewards. This is edutainment only Independence, MO can deliver.



Please click the link below for a the form to register your pet for the pet contest.

The Paw Stops Here Pet Contest



Corporate Copy Print – 111 S. Main Street

Elizabeth Henry – 208 W. Lexington

Scandinavia Place – 209 N. Main Street

Independence Tourism – 112 W. Lexington (Inside the Truman Courthouse)


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