Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for August 2017
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
TALKIN' TRUMAN: Captain Harry & the Great War
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
August 4, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Harry Truman's service in World War I had a lasting impact on his life and political career. Join archives staff member Jim Armistead as he explores Truman's military career, including his command of Battery D and tour of duty in Europe during World War I.

This presentation is one in the series of "Talkin' Truman" programs, offered each First Friday from May through September at 11 a.m.. The program is included with Museum admission; seating is first come, first served.

Swope Park Rangers Day at the Truman Library
Truman Library
August 12, 2017
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Join us for a FREE day of family fun with the Swope Park Rangers at the Truman Library! We'll have a tons of free activities on the lawn, including a bounce house, a futsal field and soccer goal, the Rangers mascot Harry, food trucks (including FREE shaved ice!) and more.

Truman Library
August 21, 2017
11:00 am-2:00 pm

Harry Truman's hometown is on the path of totality of the solar eclipse, so head to Independence to view this once-in-a-lifetime event on the grounds of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum with the majestic columns of the Library in the background.

In addition, visitors will have the rare opportunity to see two special space-related artifacts, which will be featured in a one-time version of the Truman Library's White Glove Wednesdays showing. Don't miss the chance to see:

- Model of the Telstar Satellite, 11 a.m. - The Telstar communications satellite was the first privately funded space vehicle launched in 1962. This model was given to James Webb, the director of NASA during the Telstar launch, whose papers can be found in the Truman Library archives.

- Alan Shepard's Flags from the Moon, 12 p.m. - Alan Shepard carried an American flag and Missouri State flag to the moon on board the Apollo 14 lunar expedition in 1971, then gave these flags to Harry Truman along with a handwritten letter expressing his admiration in 1971.

Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to view the eclipse from the lawn of the Library. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be distributed with paid admission to visitors while supplies last.


Truman Library
August 23, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Andrew Jackson approached the presidency differently from his predecessors. He was the first president from "the West," and he believed passionately that the president should represent all citizens and not just a few. Harry Truman often listed him as one of his favorite presidents, stating as follows, "He wanted sincerely to look after the little fellow who had no pull, and that's what a president is supposed to do." In Jackson's eight years in office, he was responsible for balancing the federal budget for the first and only time in history and helping to expand the nation?s territory, not without controversy along the way.

Join us for a free public program featuring Howard Kittell, President and CEO of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, to explore Jackson's fabled history and the legacy that surrounds him today.

Equal Means Equal
Truman Library
August 31, 2017
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is a documentary film that offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how discriminatory attitudes impact issues ranging from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the health care conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, Ms. Lopez reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. This film is for mature audiences.

A reception will start at 6 pm; the program will start at 6:30 pm. A short panel discussion will follow the film.

This free public program is presented by United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City (UNA-GKC) and is co-sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.


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.