Truman Courthouse rededicated after renovation

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - After more than a year closed for renovations, the historic Jackson County Courthouse will soon be back open for business.

On Saturday, dignitaries spoke to a crowd that gathered in downtown Independence to celebrate the rededication of the courthouse after it underwent a $5.6 million renovation. Eighty years earlier, then-Presiding Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman led a renovation of the same building.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders was joined by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, and Independence Mayor Don Reimal at Saturday's ceremony.

The courthouse will be closed this week to allow staff to move back in. It will officially be back open for business starting Monday, Sept. 16.

The historic courthouse, which has been restored to the integrity of its 1933 design, will offer various attractions, including tours of President Truman's office and the courtroom where he once worked. The courthouse also features an art museum.

The historic structure will also house county staff from the Assessment, Collections, and Recorder of Deeds Departments. The Independence Department of Tourism and Jackson County Historical Society will have offices there, too.

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