Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
The Korean Peninsula: Problems and Prospects with Assistant Professor
of Political Science Sheena Greitens

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Auditorium
April 30, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

The state of Missouri's relationship with the Korean peninsula goes back to the legacy of President Truman, his decisions about the Korean War, and his post-presidential efforts to build a close relationship between Korea and his home state. The University of Missouri played an important role in these efforts; as a result of President Truman's interest in close ties between Korea and Missouri, the MU alumni community in Korea is one of the largest outside the state.

This talk will look at contemporary developments on the Korean peninsula since the June 2018 summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting held between the two countries' leaders since the 1953 armistice. It will discuss the importance for the United States and the state of Missouri of the U.S.-South Korean security alliance and economic relationship, and how the current events on the Korean peninsula are likely to affect the security and human rights challenges posed to the U.S. and international community by North Korea.

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.

Register here

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

Mondays with McCullough - May meeting
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence Room
May 13, 2019
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Join the Mondays with McCullough book club to study the Pulitzer-prize winning biography "Truman" by David McCullough, one chapter at a time. Program is at 12:00 noon on the second Monday of the month in the Independence Room. Bring your own lunch if you wish. The May session will discuss the eighth chapter of the book.

Perhaps you have your own copy you'd like to revisit. If not, copies are available in book and audio form at the Truman Home visitor center and the Truman Library gift shop. Our friends at Mid-Continent Public Library also have copies in most of their branches and on their Overdrive system. Proudly offered in partnership with the National Park Service.

RSVP to truman.events@nara.gov


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.