INDEPENDENCE, MO) – After the completion of a successful $5.6 interior renovation, the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse in downtown Independence re-officially opened this morning to the public.
The historic courthouse has become a working courthouse once again by housing county staff from the Assessment, Collections, and Recorder of Deeds Departments. The Independence Department of Tourism and Jackson County Historical Society are now housed in the courthouse as well.
The courthouse also offers various attractions including President Truman’s office and the courtroom where he once worked as Presiding Judge of Jackson County. The courthouse also features an art museum.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and other dignitaries held a rededication ceremony on Saturday, September 7 to mark the completion of the courthouse’s renovation.
“This building is one of the true iconic structures in our community,” said County Executive Sanders. “It will not only be able to serve the needs of our citizens for basic county services, but will also draw tourists from around the region and the country who want to experience the rich history of Jackson County.”
Normal hours of operation for the Truman Courthouse are 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
The Independence Visitors Center located inside the courthouse will be available from 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M on Saturday’s and 12:00-4:00 P.M. on Sunday’s. The Jackson County Historical Society will also open its history center on Saturday’s from 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Guided tours will be available for visitors who want to see Truman’s Office and Courtroom, in addition to the Brady Courtroom and Jackson County Museum of Art. Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Saturday tours will begin at 10:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.