Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Trails to Truman Trivia: Civil Rights Edition
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
February 22, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Back by popular demand -- trivia night! Your favorite Independence sites -- Mid Continent Public Library, National Frontier Trails Museum, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Jackson County Historical Society, and the Harry S Truman Historic Site -- are banding together again to bring you another night of questions, laughter and fierce competitive spirit. In honor of Black History Month, the theme will be civil rights. But the questions will be spread across traditional categories including entertainment, history, and sports, and a few others. Prizes awarded to the top three teams; complimentary appetizers and beverages provided for all. Sign up your team of 4-6 individuals by sending an email to: truman.events@nara.gov.

An Evening with Gary Sinise
Unity Temple on the Plaza
February 24, 2019
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

The role of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump not only kick-started Gary Sinise's career - it also gave him a new life mission as a passionate advocate for veterans and active duty service members. In his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, Sinise tells the story of how he went from a trouble-making kid to a successful actor and eventually a tireless supporter of those who have served our country.

Starring as the 33rd president in the 1995 film Truman earned Sinise a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award. For his service work, Sinise has been presented with humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States.

Please join us for a free public program in the Truman Legacy Series featuring Sinise in conversation with David Von Drehle, columnist for The Washington Post. Rainy Day Books will have copies of Grateful American available for purchase at the event or to pre-order in advance.


The President's Kitchen Cabinet
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 28, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Commemorate Black History Month with a special program focused on the African Americans who have worked in the presidential food service as chefs, butlers, stewards and servers for every first family since George and Martha Washington. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Adrian Miller, author of The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas, Charlie Redden, White House chef for the Clinton administration, and Wanda Joell, a former presidential flight attendant and the first African-American woman to serve on Air Force One.

Join us for this special program featuring the stories of the chefs, servers and more who have fed our presidential families and witnessed history along the way. RSVPs are requested for this free public program.


National History Day regional contest
William Chrisman High School
March 2, 2019
9:00 am-4:00 pm

History contest open to students in grades 6-12.

Email mark.adams@nara.gov for more information

20th Annual Wild About Harry
Muehlebach Tower | Kansas City Marriott Downtown 1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri
May 2, 2019
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute's premier signature event and annual fundraising dinner benefiting the presidential library and celebrating the legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 20th year, Wild About Harry has raised more than $6 million in support of nationally-acclaimed education and outreach programs that foster civic learning and engagement in the next "greatest generation."

This year's event will feature former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who will be honored as the 2019 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.

Wild About Harry table host and sponsorship packages are now available and start at $1,000; individual event tickets cost $200. This popular event has sold out in recent years, so make plans to purchase your ticket when they go on sale March 7. Truman Library Institute members have early access to tickets starting March 1.

Sponsorship and table host packages


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.