Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Monday, October 15, 2018 - Monday, April 15, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Lawrence Goldman
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Lobby and Auditorium
October 15, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

As the nationalist wave influenced elections near and far in 2016, the UK electorate responded similarly by passing a referendum that we've come to know as "Brexit." But the election results were only the beginning of the political drama and economic implications triggered by leaving the European Union.

Join us for a public program featuring British professor Dr. Lawrence Goldman, who will trace the history of the U.K.'s relationship with Europe and its roots dating back to the post-war era of Truman's times. We will explore the details of the referendum and the current dilemmas in the midst of this transition as the official date of departure looms.

Former Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Lawrence Goldman is a Visiting Fellow at the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. He most recently served as the Director of the Institute for Historical Research in the University of London. Educated at Cambridge and Yale, during his career at Oxford he has taught modern British and American History and published on both.

This program will be preceded by a free reception. RSVPs are requested.

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White House Decision Center Experience

Simulation: Ending the War with Japan

Truman Library, White House Decision Center
October 20, 2018
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Can you handle the truth? Are you ready to lead? Find out during a rare open-to-the-public session in the White House Decision Center as you step into the role of the President and his advisers. Usually reserved for corporate leadership retreats and educational groups, the White House Decision Center has been described as a "ropes course for your mind."

The session will begin with a custom tour through the museum to help transport participants to America in 1945. Then you will go behind the scenes of the library to the replicated West Wing on the lower level. There you will examine formerly classified documents, broker compromise and build consensus to navigate through a simulation of one of President Truman's landmark decisions.

Sign up for the ultimate test of your presidential decision making skills. Complimentary beverages and snacks provided. 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

He was a key force who led the Republican party from a foreign policy of isolationism to one of internationalism in support of the Cold War, the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan and NATO - yet many are not aware of this senator's legacy. Senator Arthur Vandenberg evolved from a young politician drawn toward isolationism to become an important proponent of internationalism and many of the foreign policies that defined Truman's administration.

To commemorate United Nations Day, join the Truman Library for a free public program featuring Hendrik Meijer, author of "Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century" in conversation with Truman Library and Museum Director Dr. Kurt Graham. Meijer is CEO and chairman of the Meijer grocery store chain. He also wrote a biography of his grandfather, "Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer" and produced the documentary "America's Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg."

In his latest book, Meijer tells the captivating story of how Senator Vandenberg rose out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, to become the model of a consensus builder. Join us for a free public program discussing Vanderberg's legacy and how it continues to form the foundation of American foreign and domestic policy today. The program will be preceded by a reception and followed by a book signing, with copies of "Arthur Vandenberg" available in the museum store. This program is free to attend but RSVPs are requested

Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
November 3, 2018
6:00 pm-7:45 pm

Our nation has weathered crises since its inception, and presidents have successfully utilized a variety of different leadership styles and decision-making strategies to successfully navigate through times of war, domestic turbulence and conflict for nearly 250 years. Presidential power has ebbed and flowed through each of these conflicts and continues to evolve today, especially in what many consider to be an unprecedented time.

Please join the Truman Library Institute for a captivating discussion focused on presidential power in times of crisis featuring presidential historian Michael Beschloss, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and The Washington Post's David Von Drehle at the 12th Annual Bennett Forum on the Presidency.

Tickets for Truman Library Institute members gain access to up to four tickets each thanks to their membership. General admission tickets for the Bennett Forum cost $10. Tickets to this popular event have sold out frequently in recent years, so plan to buy your ticket well in advance.

BECOME A MEMBER today to gain access to free tickets.

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Book Talk: Jay Sexton, "A Nation Forged by Crisis"
Truman Library and Museum
November 8, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

From the American Revolution to the Civil War to the Great Depression and two world wars, crisis after crisis has shaped and defined our nation. Looking back on these conflicts and studying this history is the only way to understand our past and prepare for our unpredictable future, argues author Jay Sexton in his latest book A
Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History.

Sexton is the Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Early in his
career, Sexton served as an intern at the Truman Library, and some two decades later he is circling back as a featured public programs speaker. Sexton is also the author of Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873 and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.

Sexton's program will analyze our nation's story through global conflicts and crises, with a special emphasis on the tumultuous period during Harry S. Truman's presidency. Sexton will also provide a non-partisan analysis of how changes in power relations and the international economy have affected the United States in recent years and how it will impact our nation's trajectory going forward.

This program is presented in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. It will be preceded by a free wine reception and followed by a book-signing, with copies of "A Nation Forged by Crisis" available in the Museum Store. This public program is free, but RSVPs are requested


Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
November 11, 2018
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Save the date for this spectacular salute to America's veterans at the 7th Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Salute at the Truman Library. Join us for a full day of activities, including a ceremonial wreath-laying, a public program featuring the descendants of Battery D soldiers who served with Truman in World War I, musical performances, kids' activities and more. The Truman Library is open free of charge in honor of this important day and in gratitude to our nation?s veterans.

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


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.