Author and historian Jon Taylor discusses his book "A President, a Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri" on Sunday, August 3, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
While Independence is best known as the home of President Harry S. Truman, Taylor believes that is just one of three nationally significant histories competing for a place in Independence’s rich heritage.
In his new book, Taylor discusses the importance of Truman’s legacy in Independence as well as the city’s Mormon history (Independence was declared Zion by Joseph Smith) and the region’s role in relation to the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails.
Taylor teaches history at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.