Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Special Event

Celebrating Ewing Marion Kauffman

6:00 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Program
Central Library, Kansas City Public Library

When The Kansas City Star profiled the 10 greatest departed heroes in the city’s history earlier this year, it started – naturally – with Ewing Marion Kauffman. “Mr. K” launched Marion Laboratories in his basement and nurtured it into a global pharmaceutical giant, brought big-league baseball back to KC with his purchase of the expansion Royals, and promoted education and entrepreneurship through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. On what would have been his 100th birthday, Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses Kauffman’s life and monumental legacy with three of the people who knew him best: civic and philanthropic leader Julia Irene Kauffman, his daughter; former Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Louis (Lou) W. Smith; and Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City Public Library and Truman Library Institute.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Visit Free

Museum Day Live!

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is participating in the 12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live, Saturday, September 24, 2016, joining other museums across the country by opening our doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

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Presidential Fitness
Monday, September 26, 2016
Community Outreach

Health & Wellness Fair

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will host a community-wide Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Stop by for free health screenings, nutritional information and the opportunity to speak with health and wellness professionals. Participating organizations include HCA Midwest, American Cancer Society, HyVee, Independence Parks & Recreation, Studio on Main and more. Plus, Community Blood Center will be onsite for those wishing to donate life-saving blood.

The Health & Wellness Fair is free and open to the public; please use the East/Special Events Entrance. Regular admission applies for those wishing to tour the museum.

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Travel with Friends of the Truman Library
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Travel Opportunity

Travel with Truman

October 11-15, 2016

Travel with friends of the Truman Library to Boston, MA, birthplace of the American Revolution. Depart from Kansas City International Airport, then travel by motorcoach to featured sites in and around Boston, including the Freedom Trail, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Adams National Historic Park, as well as attractions in Lexington, Concord and Salem.

For complete details, please contact Donna Denslow at 816-268-8239 or

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Public Forum

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Civility and Politics

6 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The 2016 election cycle has sparked conversations about respect, courtesy and decorum – have we finally hit our limits? Now, American Public Square has issued an invitation to Greater Kansas City: “Let’s talk about civility and politics.”

American Public Square is an organization that brings people from across the political and ideological spectrum together to create a civil, fact-based conversation about national, regional and local polarizing issues. Originally conceived as the Village Square in Tallahassee, Florida, American Public Square presents various programs to create a better understanding within our communities between people who are on opposite sides of the partisan divide. Allan Katz, United States Ambassador to Portugal (2010-2013) and University of Missouri Kansas City Distinguished Professor, founded American Public Square in Kansas City.

This free public forum is presented by American Public Square in partnership with KCUR 89.3 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is co-sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 13 Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.


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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

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.

Save the date for the 2016 Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency. The tenth anniversary event will feature investigative journalist Jane Mayer, historian and author Douglas Brinkley and TIME editor-at-large David Von Drehle.

$10 General Admission
On Sale October 2016

This event is FREE for Truman Library Institute members.

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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 the launch of a new series of conversations at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. This fall, Truman Library Director Kurt Graham sits down with U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson. His career in public service began in 1964, when he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, where he served for 13 years before successfully running for the U.S. Senate. Popular and effective, Simpson retired from public service in 1996. He’ll share his insights on America’s strengths and the pathway forward to safeguarding our democracy.

This free public forum is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 13 Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.

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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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