The Woodward News

November 14, 2012

Truman focus of museum lecture

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Harry S. Truman will be the topic of a special lecture at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum on Friday.

Guest lecturer Prof. Bob Cordell of Vienna, W. V., will present the program.

"This will actually be Mr. Cordell's third visit. He's been to the museum as well as NWOSU to give lectures on famous historical figures in the past. He has acquaintances out in this part of the country whom he visits, and whenever he does he tries to make it a point to stop by and give a lecture," said Rob Roberson, museum director.

Truman is sometimes known as "the reluctant president."

Roberson explained, "Truman was actually content to serve in the US senate, but in 1944 he was selected to be Franklin D. Roosevelt's running mate."

Truman succeeded to the presidency when Roosevelt died and later won a term on his own.

Roberson said Corell had been researching other famous figures and came across Truman.

"He found his life interesting, and those attending the lecture on Friday will get to learn first hand why," Roberson said.

Cordell's lecture will be at noon at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum. It is a free event open to everyone.

"We really hope people come out and see him," said Roberson. "It will be a very interesting lecture."