The second in the monthly series of First Friday Happy Hours at the Katy Depot, 600 E. Third St., featured Democrat Harry S. Truman, the man from Independence who became our 33rd president. Professional speaker Raymond Starzmann brought Truman and his adventures to life for an hour, 45 minutes at the depot for an audience of about 75.
Starzmann is on the staff of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A native of Philadelphia, he attended Girard College and later earned a political science degree from Park University in Parkville, Mo. He met and visited with President Truman on several occasions.
Starzmann will be featured May 10 at Lamar, Mo., during a celebration Harry S. Truman’s 130th birthday at a Missouri State Parks event. Startzmann will reenact the speech Truman gave in Lamar in 1944, which was the first speech of his vice-presidential campaign
In the future, the series at Katy Depot will include other distinguished speakers portraying historic characters like Daniel Boone, Walt Disney, Molly Brown and FDR each month till December, except for July 4. The programs are funded by a generous gift from Joe Fischer and hosted by the Sedalia Heritage Foundation, which oversees the use and maintenance of the historic Katy Depot. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.