Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Margaret Truman Memorial Reading group
Truman Library, Independence Room
April 23, 2018
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Margaret Truman Daniel 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 April, the Reading Group will convene to discuss Murder at Foggy Bottom which follows a State Department investigator looking into the suspicious details surrounding a D.C.-bound commuter plane crash. The means are soon apparent -- small-scale weaponry with large-scale impact -- but the motive remains a challenge for our seasoned protagonist. Free admission. 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. Offered in partnership with the National Park Service. Contact Doug Richardson at doug_richardson@nps.gov for more information.

History Happy Hour with Don Stinson
Downstairs at the White House

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

At the age of 17, Don Stinson accidentally landed a job in the White House during Watergate, the largest political scandal in American history. A self-professed insignificant member of the Nixon White House staff, he frequently loitered outside of the Oval Office to watch it unfold. What he saw throughout the White House ran the gamut from the deeply profound to the wildly hilarious. His stories are richly decorated with presidents, first ladies, celebrities?and events that shook America. Come laugh with Don Stinson as he shares some of his observations from his "ringside seat to Watergate." This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour, an upscale wine, beer, spirits, cigars and gifts store in Independence. The National Archives of Kansas City will also be providing an interesting and educational takeaway for our guests. Admission is free for members, price of museum admission for non-members.

Registration required

Inman Middle School Concert Band Performance
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
May 5, 2018
11:00 am-12:00 pm

The Inman Middle School Concert Band will be traveling from Tennessee to perform a program of songs arranged chronologically to tell the story of Harry S. Truman's life. Notable selections include classical music by Chopin and Mozart, "Over There," "Sousa Spectacular," and "They Didn't Believe Me." Narration will be provided by Doug Richardson of the National Park Service and will include a reading of letters from President Truman to his wife, one which was written exactly 100 years ago from the day of the performance. After the program concludes, the letters will be available to view in the museum as a special installment of the Library's "Treasures from the Collection."

Harry Truman Birthday Cake
Truman Library and Museum
May 8, 2018
1:30 pm-2:00 pm

In honor of President Truman's 134th birthday, birthday cake will be served to the public in the lobby of the Museum. "Treasures from the Collection" will be featured in the lobby and will include birthday notes and gifts President Truman received for his birthday.

Presidential Wreath Laying
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
May 8, 2018
9:00 am-10:00 am

In honor of President Truman's 134th birthday, Brigadier General Troy Galloway will be on hand from the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth to lay the presidential wreath. The ceremony will be followed by a reception. Admission to the museum will be free until 10:00am, $1.00 after 10:00am.

Mother's Day Tea with "First Ladies' Man" Andrew Och
Truman Library and Museum
May 13, 2018
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Come spend Mother's Day afternoon at the Truman Library with Andrew Och, known affectionately as the "First Ladies Man." Mr. Och is an award-winning television producer and author. In 2012 he began an historical journey as he traversed the country documenting the lives of every First Lady of the United States for the C-SPAN series "First Ladies: Influence and Image." From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, Mr. Och pulls back the curtain on the public and private lives of this unique sorority of women. He will be at the Truman Library to talk about his latest book, "Unusual for their Time, Volume II" and share stories about the women in the White House. Send email to truman.events@nara.gov to RSVP.

Truman, Israel and the Birth of a Nation
with Special Guest Ben Stein

Truman Library and Museum
May 14, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Eleven minutes after Israel declared independence, Harry S. Truman issued a statement recognizing the new State of Israel, making the United States the first nation in the world to offer recognition.

Truman later considered his decision one of the "proudest moments" of his life. "I had faith in Israel before it was established," he wrote in his memoirs. "I believe it has a glorious future before it - as not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization."

We will commemorate this turning point in history with economist and actor Ben Stein discussing Truman's landmark decision and its impact 70 years later. Stein was a speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford and a longtime columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and The New York Times. A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Stein has taught law and economics and is author of more than 30 books, many of which are New York Times best sellers. He was the Emmy-winning host of "Win Ben Stein's Money" and has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Wonder Years, Expelled, The Mask and more.

This program is free and open to the public. Email to RSVP.

Margaret Truman Memorial Reading Group
Murder at Union Station

Truman Library and Museum
May 21, 2018
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Margaret Truman Daniel, 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 May, 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. Free admission. 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. Offered in partnership with the National Park Service. Contact Doug Richardson at doug_richardson@nps.gov for more information.

2018 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award Ceremony
Truman Library and Museum
May 29, 2018
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Janet Napolitano will visit the Library to accept the 2018 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award and deliver remarks about public service.

History Happy Hour with Archivist Tammy Williams
Truman Library and Museum
June 8, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

He first saw her in Sunday school at the age of six. "She had golden curls and ... beautiful blue eyes," he recalled. They graduated from high school together in 1901, but went their separate ways until becoming reacquainted nine years later in 1910. Then Harry Truman began his first and longest campaign?to win the heart of Bess Wallace. Archivist Tammy Williams will tell the story of the Trumans' love and devotion to each other through the letters they exchanged over their nine year courtship and fifty-three years of marriage. Free program, RSVPs capped at 75.

"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.

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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