Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Sunday, June 16, 2019 - Monday, December 16, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Harry and Bess Truman's 100th Wedding Anniversary
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
June 28, 2019
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

On a summer day so stifling that the wedding flowers began to wilt, Harry and Bess Truman were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence on June 28, 1919. The couple enjoyed 53 years of marriage, from Independence to the White House and back again, an American love story for the ages.

As our hometown president and first lady enter their 100th anniversary year, please join us for a platinum anniversary celebration, complete with a group vow renewal ceremony followed by the wedding reception of the century featuring a concert by the 135th Army band.

The Truman Library invites couples of all ages to renew their vows. Or you can join us to observe the ceremony and enjoy the wedding reception with dessert and a champagne toast to our favorite presidential couple.

The event is free to attend and participate in, but RSVPs are requested. Everyone who is pre-registered will receive a commemorative gift.

Plan to spend the day in Independence celebrating the platinum anniversary while exploring the hometown that meant so much to our presidential couple. Be sure to hit these highlights:

500 W. U.S. Hwy. 24, Independence, MO 64050
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of 100th Anniversary

Visit America's best presidential museum to learn more about Harry Truman and his leadership through one of the most tumultuous period's in our nation's history. Learn more about Harry and Bess' inspiring love story, with exhibits featuring dozens of their love letters, Bess' wedding dress and more.

219 N. Delaware St., Independence, MO 64050
Tours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Photo Opportunity 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tour Harry and Bess' home of more than 50 years at the Harry S Truman National Historic Site, where Harry and Bess moved in after their honeymoon and remained until President Truman's death. Tours are available free of charge from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can walk the halls where Harry and Bess walked and view a special plate given to the couple commemorating their wedding and countless other objects they treasured throughout their marriage. The Truman Home will offer a special opportunity to recreate the iconic Harry and Bess photo (at right) on their front porch from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

409 N. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050
Open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Program at 4 p.m.

Step foot in the church where Harry and Bess were married 100 years ago this year. At 4 p.m. - the exact moment that Harry and Bess were married a century ago - Truman Library Archivist Tammy Williams will give a brief talk focused on the love story of Harry and Bess. The church will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day for visitors to tour.

217 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the historic 1859 Jail Museum, offering extended hours and free admission in honor of the anniversary along with an opportunity to view the special exhibit "I Do: Wedding Traditions in Jackson County," featuring 19th and 20th century Jackson County wedding dresses along with stories about popular wedding traditions and their origins.

217 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour the Historic Truman Courthouse, where Harry Truman started his political career and oversaw the day-to-day operations of Jackson County in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Jackson County Historical Society will offer free tours of the courthouse at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Walk the historic streets of Harry and Bess? hometown and enjoy the same iconic Square that the presidential couple frequented, including Clinton's Soda Fountain, where President Truman worked his first job. There are more than a dozen dining options on the Square to sample before or after the anniversary event, including some offering 100th anniversary specials in honor of the hometown couple.

Harry and Bess' 100th Wedding Anniversary is presented as part of a partnership between the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute, the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the City of Independence, the Independence Square Association and the Jackson County Historical Society.



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.