Florida’s only Presidential Museum gets a new roof! Starting November 5th the Harry S. Truman Little White House will begin the restoration of its historic roof. The roof was last replaced in 1911, however endured considerable damage from Hurricane Irma.
KEY WEST, Fla. (PRWEB) November 19, 2019
Florida’s only Presidential Museum gets a new roof! Starting November 5th the Harry S. Truman Little White House will begin the restoration of its historic roof. The roof was last replaced in 1911, however endured considerable damage from Hurricane Irma. During the 2019 Florida Legislative session, Representative Holly Raschein and Senator Anitere Flores sponsored a request by the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation to replace the roof and secure related moisture issues. The Florida Legislature included the request in the final budget which was then presented to and signed by Governor Ron DeSantis with final amount totaling $339,000 to help preserve the Little White House. A Plus Roofing is doing the first part of the project and have managed many historic renovations including St. Paul’s Church and most recently the Southernmost House. The roof portion of the project is scheduled to be complete in about four to five weeks.
Originally Navy property from 1890, the Little White House was known as “Quarters A & B” to house the Paymaster and Commandant of the Navy Base. The house was converted in 1911 to a single-family home for top military brass and known as “Quarters A”. Most notably Harry Truman spent 175 days of his presidency running the country from Key West Florida. Today the house now contains 80 to 90 percent of the original Truman artifacts.
As the State of Florida’s only presidential museum, the Harry S. Truman Little White House is committed to providing visitors and the Key West community with programs about Truman’s legacy and the American democratic process. The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to preserve the Truman Little White House and share the history of the American Presidency at Florida’s only presidential museum.
Special events with local artists painting on the over 100-year-old artifacts are in the works and a fundraiser with the historic roof shingles is coming soon. For complete details, tour information and parking details, please visit our website at http://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com or contact Jeanna Garrido, Executive Director at (305) 294-9911 or via email at Jeanna.Garrido@trumanlittlewhitehouse.org.