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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Thursday, April 18, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
The Life of Alice Dunigan
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Auditorium
April 18, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

The first African-American reporter to serve in the White House press corps, Alice Dunnigan went on to have a successful career as a pioneering journalist and civil rights activist, despite facing push back throughout her path. Her newspaper would not agree to pay her expenses to cover Harry Truman's 1948 Whistle Stop Campaign, so she raised her own funds. She was barred from covering some of Dwight Eisenhower's speeches since they took place in whites-only theaters, and she was not allowed to sit with the press to cover Senator Robert A. Taft's funeral and instead was banished to the servants' section. Known for her straight-shooting reporter style, politicians would often avoid answering her questions, which frequently dealt with race issues. Throughout her career, she received over 50 awards for her journalism and was inducted into the Black Journalist Hall of Fame following her death.

The Truman Library is temporarily playing host to a statue honoring Dunnigan, and on Thursday, April 18, the Truman Library and the Truman Library Institute are presenting a free public program about Dunnigan and her legacy. The program will be a panel discussion featuring Dunnigan's granddaughter and journalist Soraya Dunnigan Brandon, journalist and African American Studies scholar Dr. Nancy Dawson, and sculptor Amanda Matthews. This program is free and open to the public.


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.