Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Friday, April 12, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
History Happy Hour: Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn "20 Years in the Secret

Tom's Town
April 12, 2019
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Traveling in Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson's car in Dallas on November 22, 1963, U.S. Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood threw himself over the seat of the car and across the vice president's chest as a human shield. Youngblood remained by Johnson's side throughout that fateful day that ended with Johnson sworn in as president following the death of John F. Kennedy. Throughout his 20-year career in the Secret Service, Youngblood protected five presidents from Harry S. Truman to Richard Nixon, and he shared this firsthand experience in his memoir 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents.

The Truman Library is kicking off the popular History Happy Hour series with special guest Dr. Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn, daughter of the late Rufus W. Youngblood who recently released the second edition of her father's book. Youngblood will tell stories from her father's frontline perspective witnessing pivotal events in U.S. history while walking alongside these presidents and their families.

Admission to this History Happy Hour at Tom's Town Distilling Company is $15 for Truman Library Institute members and $20 for nonmembers. Appetizers and one free drink are included in the cost of admission.

Purchase tickets here


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.