Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for April 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Mondays with McCullough - April meeting
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence Room
April 8, 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 April session will discuss the seventh 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

NATO at 70
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Lobby and Auditorium
April 9, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

In the aftermath of World War II with pressure from the Soviet Union rising, the United States, under the direction of President Harry S. Truman, forged an alliance with 11 western nations to form the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO - in an effort to safeguard freedom by promoting stability and security in the North Atlantic region. 70 years after that initial pact, the original 12 nations have now become 29, and NATO's role in the post-Cold War era continues to evolve.

Please join us for a public program in honor of the 70th anniversary of NATO featuring a panel discussion on the alliance's history and continued role in the 21st century. This event, presented in partnership with the German Marshall Fund, will be moderated by Derek Chollet, the Fund's executive vice president, formerly assistant secretary of defense and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Joining Chollet on stage will be a panel featuring Poland's Ambassador to the U.S. Piotr Wilczek among other panelists. This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.

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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.

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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.

Harry's Hop 'n' Hunt
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Front lawn
April 20, 2019
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Celebrate Easter with the beloved Harry's Hop 'n' Hunt event, where the White House Egg Roll comes to the Heartland in a free day of family fun. Join us for a fun day featuring the egg roll, several egg hunts, story times with famous faces from around town, a live performance from KC's kid-cool rock band The DooDads, kids activities and more-all free for the whole family! Plus, an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny himself! As the event wraps up, dozens of vintage cars will meet at the Truman Library for a Car Cruise and Show leading to the Independence Square.

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.

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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.