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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for April 2017
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
The Hidden White House
Robert Klara

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
April 6, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. While the Trumans camped across the street at Blair House, Congress debated whether to bulldoze the White House completely.

Indefatigable researcher Robert Klara reveals what has, until now, been little understood about this episode: America's most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House. Leaving only the mansion's facade untouched, workmen gutted everything within, replacing it with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that soon came to include a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter.

The story of Truman's rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country's national heritage. The job was by no means perfect, but it was remarkable - and, until now, all but forgotten.

A book signing will follow the program. Books are available for purchase in the museum store. Admission is free; no reservations are necessary; seating is first come, first served; light reception at 6:00; program begins at 6:30.

Home School Day at the Truman Library and Museum
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
April 14, 2017
9:00 am-2:00 pm

Home School students are invited to visit the Truman Library and Museum on April 14 for our first ever Home School Day!

A variety of activities for all ages are planned. Older students can experience the White House Decision Center, elementary age students will be guided through fun activities in our galleries. This will include a visit to Truman's Oval Office!

Younger students will go on a scavenger hunt through the museum with Mom and Dad looking for clues to solve!

If Home Schools would like to attend please contact Angela Estep for more information. Email angela.estep@nara.gov or call 816-268-8241.

Wild About Harry!
Featuring Calvin Trillin, Rep. John Lewis and Rep. James Clyburn


Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel, 1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri
April 20, 2017
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute's premiere signature event and annual fund raising dinner benefiting the presidential library and legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 18th year, Wild About Harry has raised nearly $5 million in support of nationally acclaimed education and outreach programs created to foster civic engagement and to nurture the next "greatest generation."

Sponsorship opportunities now available for this very special event. To be part of Wild About Harry 2017, please contact Kim Rausch, director of development, at 816.268.8237 or kim.rausch@nara.gov.


Truman Legacy of Leadership Award

Truman Legacy of Leadership Award

Taking a Stand for the United Nations
James Wurst

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
April 27, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Harry S. Truman's first decision as president of the United States was that a conference establishing the United Nations (UN) would meet, as planned, in San Francisco. In his Memoirs, Truman stated that it "was of supreme importance that we build an organization to help keep the future peace of the world."

James Wurst, author of The UN Association-USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action, will discuss the history and present status of UN Associations, which promote the mission of the UN. Joining Mr. Wurst will be Edward Elmendorf, a UN and World Bank veteran. They will address the controversy that surrounds the UN and examine the vision that President Franklin Roosevelt, Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt, and President Truman held for the UN.

Admission is free; no reservations are necessary. RSVPs are requested, so please e-mail unagkc@gmail.com.

Seating is first come, first served.

There will be a light reception at 6:00; the program will begin at 6:30. Mr. Wurst will sign copies of his book following the program, which will end at 8 pm.

This program will be presented in partnership with the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.


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.