Curtain Survey at the
Harry S. Truman Home, NPS
Spicer Art Conservation, LL examined the textile window
curtains used in the Harry S. Truman home in Independence
Missouri. Each curtain in the house was fully surveyed,
conditioned, storage solutions proposed, prioritized and
possible reproduction fabrics identified. The work was
performed both in the house during opening hours and in
Here is a view of Harry and Bess Truman's home today and
with Mr. Truman in front. Possibly our last Citizen
President. Harry and Bess on their wedding day. The couple
lived in the home with Bess's mother and extended family.
It was not till after they moved back from the White House
did they lived in the house alone.
Their living room, bedroom and kitchen.
The survey of the curtain collections occurred in both
the house and in storage. During the full week we had the
best helpers from the site. Each of the curtains were
photographed overall. Those in good condition could hang.
However, the ones in poor condition were all documented
flat on large worktables.
Suitable replacement fabrics were found for each of the room's curtains.