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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Friday, June 22, 2018 - Saturday, December 22, 2018
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
History Happy Hour with Jon Taylor

"Harry and Tom"

Tom's Town in Kansas City
June 22, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

One of the most complicated friendships during Harry Truman's life was his long-lasting relationship with Tom Pendergast, who became a Kansas City political kingpin in the early 1930's through his use of strong-arm tactics and personal wealth. Harry Truman's success in politics was initially attributed to support from Pendergast. It was later in his career that this connection to the boss of Kansas City almost led to his political defeat as he had to overcome the impression that he was the "Senator from Pendergast." Historian Jon Taylor will discuss their political alliance while guests enjoy a tasting of Tom's Town's award-winning spirits. Only fifty seats available for this special evening. Cost to attend is $10 and includes flight tasting and appetizers. Limited space available.

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History Happy Hour with Archivist Randy Sowell

"Showdown with the Soviets: The Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949"

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
July 13, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Seventy years ago, during the summer of 1948, the Soviet Union imposed a blockade that prevented the United States and its allies from sending supplies by land to the inhabitants of their occupation zones in West Berlin. Harry S. Truman faced one of the most perilous decisions of his Presidency: should he abandon West Berlin, or take military action that might lead to World War III? Archivist Randy Sowell will examine Truman's decision to supply West Berlin with an airlift—'Operation Vittles'—that became one of the greatest achievements in the history of military aviation.


This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour -- an upscale wine, beer, spirits, cigars and gifts store in Independence. Owner Carolyn Marsh and Beverage Specialist Sean will pour tastings of: Crazy Brewski and Baltika, Bread & Butter Chardonnay, Relax Riesling and Lifted Spirits Vodka. Truman Library Institute members are free, price of museum admission for non-members. Limited space available. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.



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"World War I and American Jews"
Michael Neiberg, US Army War College

National World War I Museum and MemoriaL, Kansas City, Mo.
July 16, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Michael S. Neiberg is the inaugural Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences. He is the author of many books, including Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I and Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe.

Misreading Russia for 101 years
Will Englund

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
July 17, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

When the Russian czar was overthrown in March 1917, Americans enthusiastically proclaimed it a democratic revolution. The United States was the first nation to recognize the new Provisional Government, and it was an important factor in pushing America into World War I. But American expectations were woefully off-base, and not for the last time in regard to Russia. Support for street protests and what today we would call regime change goes over very badly in the Russia of 2018. A century ago saw the beginning of Wilsonian interventionism on behalf of democracy and human rights. That's exactly what Vladimir Putin sees as the biggest challenge facing him.

William A. (Will) Englund is an assistant foreign editor for The Washington Post.

This program is presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Email Truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.


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70th Anniversary of Executive Order 9981 to Desegregate the Armed
Forces

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
July 26, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

The Library and the Truman Library Institute will host a program to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Harry Truman's decision to desegregate the Armed Forces. COL (R) Norma Bradford will discuss her career in the U.S. Army, from 2nd Lieutenant to Colonel. She will be in conversation with Rawn James, author of "Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military." Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.



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History Happy Hour with Archivist Sam Rushay and Historian Lee
Lacy

Cold War Espionage

Harry S. Truman Library
August 10, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The Americans might be fictional but the true case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg seems straight out of the Cold War spy saga. After World War II, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was replaced by a new peacetime foreign intelligence organization that was independent of the military and eventually became known as the Central Intelligence Agency. The discovery that nuclear secrets had been stolen and turned over to the Soviet Union intensified suspicions and anxiety about the Soviet threat.

Historian Lee Lacy and Archivist Sam Rushay will talk about the massive counterintelligence efforts President Truman's administration undertook to root out foreign and domestic spies as the Cold War began and discuss details of the most famous couple accused of selling secrets to the Soviets.

This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour -- an upscale wine, beer, spirits, cigars and gifts store in Independence. Owner Carolyn Marsh and Beverage Specialist Sean will pour tastings of: White Rascal Beer, Dork Horse Rose', and Moscow Mules. Truman Library Institute members are free, price of museum admission for non-members. Limited space available. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.


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History Happy Hour with Archivist David Clark

Truman and the Rich and Famous

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
September 14, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Babe Ruth, Bob Hope and Groucho Marx aren't the first names that come to mind when you think about Harry Truman's circle. And it might be hard to imagine him rubbing elbows with Jack Benny and Mickey Mantle. But during his administration and after he left the White House, Truman was associated with a cadre of famous entertainers, politicians, and athletes who are household names today. Archivist David Clark will draw on the Library's audiovisual and manuscript holdings to showcase President Truman's relationships with the rich and famous of the 40s, 50s, and beyond.


This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour -- an upscale wine, beer, spirits, cigars and gifts store in Independence. Owner Carolyn Marsh and Beverage Specialist Sean will pour tastings of: Mad Hatter Beer, Fess Parker Riesling, and Jack Daniels Bourbon. Truman Library Institute members are free, price of museum admission for non-members. Limited space available. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.


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Frank Lavin: Home Front to the Battlefront
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
October 4, 2018
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Author Frank Lavin discusses the US Army in Europe during WWII, told through his father's experience. Carl Lavin was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The Ohio native enlisted when he turned eighteen, a decision that would take him with the US Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge through V-E Day. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home--all in the same day. The book is based on Carl's personal letters, his recollections, and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more. Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier's experience to the broader literature on World War II. Lavin's adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general readers, veterans, educators, and students of the war. As a history, the book offers insight into the wartime career of a combat rifleman, from enlistment to training through overseas deployment. As a biography, it reflects the emotions and the role of the individual in a total war effort that is all too often thought of as a machine war in which human soldiers were merely interchangeable cogs. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.

Book Talk: Hendrik Meijer, "Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle
of the American Century"

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
October 24, 2018
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Hendrik Meijer will visit the Library to discuss his latest book, "Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century." The book examines the life and career of Senator Vandenberg as he evolved from a young politician drawn toward isolationism to become an important proponent of internationalism during President Truman's administration, building consensus for the Marshall Plan, the United Nations, and NATO. Email truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.


Noteworthy

Permanent Museum Exhibits:

Ongoing Programming:

Talkin’ Truman: Gain insight into the life & times of Harry Truman with Truman Library archivists and curators. Each program features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the museum's rich collections organized around specific themes or stories.
Talkin’ Truman programs are offered on the first Friday of the month, May through September, at 11 a.m. and are included in Museum admission.

White Glove Wednesdays: Learn about some of the rare artifacts housed at the presidential library, as well as how they came to be part of the Truman Library collection. White Glove Wednesdays are offered 11 - 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday, May through September.
Feature Film:

Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972 Narrated by David McCullough

Daily Show Times: Hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This 45-minute film by Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim examines Truman's life, from his humble birth in Lamar, Missouri, to the courtship of his wife, Bess Wallace, his service in World War I, his entry into local politics under "Boss" Tom Pendergast, his election to the U.S. Senate, and his rise to the Presidency.

Museum Store:

Pay no admission to browse the Museum Store for unique keepsakes and gifts.
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