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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Monday, February 19, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
The Presidency and the Press
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 19, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the relationship between the White House Press Corps and the President, how it has evolved over the past century, and how it works today.

Margaret Talev, President of the White House Correspondents' Association, will moderate the panel of experts who have covered or written about five different administrations, including:

- Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News
- Karen Ball, former White House Correspondent for the Daily News
- Zeke Miller, White House Correspondent for the Associated Press
- Dr. Betty Winfield, author of FDR and the News Media

Reception at 6:00pm, Panel discussion begins at 6:30pm.

Admission is free but please register to attend by clicking on the following link:



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2018 White House Ornament Reveal
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 19, 2018
10:00 am-11:00 am

You heard it here first: This year's official 2018 White House Christmas Ornament will honor President Truman and his administration.

In 1981, the White House Historical Association launched an initiative to celebrate history by offering unique annual Christmas ornaments to the public. Since then the ornaments have become a sought-after and beloved collector's item for millions of families around the country, providing an opportunity for admirers of the history and the elegance of the White House to share the traditions and stories of holidays past with the next generation. Conceived by a new designer each year, the ornament honors either an individual president or a significant White House anniversary.

As part of our President's Day line-up of events, Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association, will be on hand to unveil this year's ornament and he will speak about how the different components incorporated into the design are connected to President Truman's legacy.

This event is free for Truman Library Institute members or with paid admission to the museum: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors.

Presidents Day Cookies
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 19, 2018
10:00 am-11:00 am

Visitors to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will take a culinary journey through the past few centuries as they sample cookies baked according to favorite recipes of former presidents.

To commemorate President's Day, volunteers and staff will serve fresh-baked sweets from the "Presidential Cookies" cookbook while supplies last. The chosen recipes will be revealed soon. In the meantime, plan to celebrate the holiday with us and, for the price of museum admission, you can take a bite of American history.

The Margaret Truman Memorial Reading Group - February Meeting
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 26, 2018
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), was known as a vocalist, television personality, mother of four sons, and an author of many nonfiction books and several novels. We remember the only child of Harry and Bess Truman by reading and discussing one of her books each month. In February, the Reading Group will convene to discuss Murder at Union Station, an entertaining mystery novel about the shooting of a mobster-turned-government informer shortly before a meeting with his biographer. The writer's quest to uncover the truth behind the assassination reveals conspiracies leading to the White House and the Soviet Union and makes him a target of the killers.

Fee Information: None; participants only need to acquire the book. Copies are available at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, at branches of local libraries, and online bookstores.

Contact Doug Richardson of the National Park Service for more information.

National History Day contest
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Chrisman High School
March 3, 2018
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Student contest for grades 6-12. Email mark.adams@nara.gov for more information.

Open to the public

Living Voices: See the World of Anne Frank "Through the Eyes of a Friend"
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
March 5, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

"Through the Eyes of a Friend" offers a view into the world of Anne Frank from the perspective of her fictional "best friend" Sarah to witness the pain, loss, and hope of young people during the Holocaust. Sarah is a composite character inspired by the testimonies of individuals who knew Anne Frank as well as other young people who experienced the Holocaust throughout Europe.

This moving program is a poignant portrait of friendship and survival. "Through the Eyes of a Friend" offers a unique multi-media production of theater, digital, and live interaction that creates a high impact and unforgettable journey through history.

Offered in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. Recommended age: 5th grade and up. Admission is free.

Sponsor(s): Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

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The Margaret Truman Memorial Reading Group - March Meeting
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
March 19, 2018
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), was known as a vocalist, television personality, mother of four sons, and an author of many nonfiction books and several novels. We remember the only child of Harry and Bess Truman by reading and discussing one of her books each month. In March, the Reading Group will convene to discuss Murder at the Washington Tribune. This mystery takes the reader into the capital's chaotic fourth estate. At the big, aggressive newspaper The Washington Tribune, a young woman has been murdered. The hunt for her killer is making sensational and lethal headlines as the newspaper staff competes against the police department to solve the crime first. The walls come down between family, friendship, ethics, and ambition while a killer hides in plain sight.

Fee Information: None; participants only need to acquire the book. Copies are available at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, at branches of local libraries, and online bookstores.

Contact Doug Richardson of the National Park Service for more information.

History Happy Hour with Dr. Robert Watson
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
April 20, 2018
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

To kick off our 2018 "History Happy Hour" series, Dr. Watson will join us to discuss his most recent book, The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution which tells the shocking story of the bloodiest battle of the entire Revolutionary War. Taking place on a wretched, rotting British prison ship just 100 yards off the coast of Brooklyn, more men died on that floating dungeon than died in combat in the entirety of the long war. Dr. Watson will also provide insight into long-forgotten issues about the Revolution, the real story behind British atrocities during the war, and the eternal dilemma of the mistreatment of POWs.

Presidential Wreath Laying
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
May 8, 2018
8:30 am-10:00 am

The public is welcome to view a national tradition, the President's ceremonial wreath laying honoring the birth of Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884) at 9 am. No museum admission is charged for the wreath laying.

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

World War I Museum, 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.

"March 1917"
Will Englund

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

"We are provincials no longer," declared Woodrow Wilson on March 5, 1917, at his second inauguration. He spoke on the eve of America's entrance into World War I, just as Russia teetered between autocracy and democracy. In the face of chaos and turmoil in Europe, Wilson was determined to move America away from the isolationism that had defined the nation's foreign policy since its inception and to embrace an active role in shaping world affairs.

Just ten days later, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the Russian throne, ending a three-centuries-long dynasty and plunging his country into a new era of uncertainty, ultimately paving the way for the creation of a Soviet empire. March 1917 reexamines these tumultuous events and their consequences in a compelling new analysis.

Drawing on a wealth of contemporary Russian and American diaries, memoirs, oral histories, and newspaper accounts, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund creates a highly detailed and textured account of the month that transformed the world's greatest nations. March 1917 considers the dreams of that year's warriors, pacifists, activists, revolutionaries, and reactionaries, and demonstrates how their successes and failures constitute the origin story of our complex modern world.

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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