Presidents Truman and Eisenhower to be featured in lecture series March 24

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Presidents Truman and Eisenhower to be featured in lecture series March 24

March 9, 2010



“American Presidents:  Presidents of the Heartland,” a lecture series featuring Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be presented in Herod Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., as part of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Cultural Heritage Lecture Series.

 Tim Rives
Tim Rives

Dr. Sam Rushay 
Dr. Samuel Rushay


The event is free and open to the public.

The lives, times and accomplishments of these two remarkable presidents will be presented by guest speakers from the National Archives Libraries. 


Dr. Samuel Rushay, Jr., supervisory archivist from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., will speak about Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.


Rushay is the author of “Harry Truman’s History Lessons,” which appeared in the spring 2009 issue of Prologue.  He published “Harry Truman’s Masonic Career as Revealed in the Truman Library’s Collections” in the summer 2009 issue of The Missouri Freemason.


A Columbus, Ohio, native, he holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Ohio University, where he wrote his dissertation, “The Farm Fair Dealer: Charles F. Brannan and American Liberalism,” under the direction of Truman biographer Alonzo Hamby.    


Rushay, his wife Laura, and their two children live in Liberty, Mo.


Tim Rives, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library supervisory archivist, will travel from Abilene (Kan.) to share information about Eisenhower’s life. Eisenhower, the 34th president, served two terms in the White House.  


Rives was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of his life in Kansas. He is a graduate of Wichita State University and Emporia State University, where he earned his master’s in American history in 1995.


Before becoming deputy director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in August 2008, he spent more than 10 years as an archivist with the National Archives-Central Plains Region in Kansas City. There he specialized in managing archival projects and planning public programs.


Rives also served in the Army from 1987 to 1992 as a Korean linguist.


His ties to Northwestern go back many years as his grandmother Ruby Drake, graduated from Northwestern State Teacher’s College in 1927 with a lifetime teaching certificate.


For more information about the lecture series, contact Dr. Aaron Mason, assistant professor of political science, at or (580) 327-8522.