Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Travel with Friends of the Truman Library
Sunday, October 23, 2016
V.I.P. Travel Opportunity

Truman Travelers

October 23-27, 2016

Buck Stops Here Society members are invited to travel with friends of the Truman Library this fall to the nation’s capital. Enjoy exquisite dining and unforgettable V.I.P. access to The White House, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and more.

Truman Traveler excursions are offered as an exclusive benefit of The Buck Stops Here Society, the Truman Library Institute’s premier membership program. Annual memberships start at $1,000. To learn more, please contact Kim Rausch at or 816-268-8237.

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Veterans Day at the Truman Library
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Signature Event

Veterans Day Salute

12-5 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Join us for a spectacular salute to America’s veterans at the Fifth Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. This annual event is co-presented by Truman Library Institute, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, City of Independence, and the Independence Pioneers Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Museum admission and all events are offered to the public free of charge. Join us as we honor America’s heroes, rain or shine.

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Jane Mayer - Dark Money
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Signature Event

The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency

With Jane Mayer, Douglas Brinkley and David Von Drehle
6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Election 2016 is laying bare a deep political divide in America, but there’s one thing nearly everyone can agree on: the democratic process is being thwarted by “dark money,” media bias and gerrymandering. Just days after the United States elects its 45th commander in chief, join TIME Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle, investigative reporter and author Jane Mayer, and CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley for a revealing review of the historic presidential campaign and the ongoing threat that hyper-partisan politics poses to our democracy.

$10 General Admission tickets are on sale now.

Complimentary tickets are a benefit of membership.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
American Conversations

U.S. Senator Alan Simpson

In Conversation with Truman Library Director Kurt Graham
6:00 p.m. Wine Reception | 6:30 p.m. Program
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Join us for an intimate evening at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, when Director Kurt Graham sits down with former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson to discuss politics, leadership, America’s democracy and a life in public service. Simpson is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. Senator from Wyoming from 1997-1997. He frequently speaks on public issues and partisanship in public discourse. In 2012, he was included in the 50 Most Influential list of Bloomberg Markets magazine. He currently co-chairs the Advisory Board of Issue One, a nonprofit organization seeking to reduce the role of money in politics.

A 6 p.m. wine reception precedes this event; admission is free.


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Ongoing Programs & Exhibits

  • Feature Film: Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972

    Narrated by David McCullough, 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.

    Daily Show Times: Hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • White Glove Wednesdays

    Harry S. Truman Library and Museum | Museum Lobby
    Get up close and personal with rarely viewed artifacts from the Truman Collection every Wednesday at 11 a.m., May through September.

  • Museums Exhibitions

    Now on Special Exhibit at the Truman Library:
    A More Perfect Union - How Critical Presidential Elections Shaped the Constitution

    Permanent Exhibitions and Attractions:
    Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years
    Harry S. Truman: Life and Times
    Truman's Working Office
    Oval Office Replica
    Truman Grave Site
    Museum Store (no admission charged)
    Liberty Bell Replica

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  • The White House Decision Center

    Set in a recreated West Wing, The WHDC offers stellar corporate team building events and hands-on history sessions for student groups.

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