Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Presidents-Baseball
Friday, July 1, 2016
Museum Program / Talkin' Truman

Presidential Pastime

11 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

In celebration of Baseball in Kansas City, archivist Randy Sowell will present letters, photographs, and artifacts from the holdings of the Truman Library that reflect Harry and Bess Truman’s interest in baseball, as well as Mr. Truman’s association with some of the games greatest players. The program will also examine the history of the national pastime during Truman’s Presidency – a period marked by such dramatic events as the integration of major league baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947 and Bobby Thomson’s pennant-clinching home run in 1951.

Talkin’ Truman programs are offered every First Friday at 11 a.m., May through September, and are included with Museum admission (members free).

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DeweyDefeatsTruman
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Book Event

1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America

6:30 p.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

History recalls the iconic headline of the Chicago Tribune proclaiming “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” But far, far more exists to 1948’s election that a single inglorious headline and a
stunning upset victory. Award-winning author David Pietrusza goes beyond the headlines to reveal backstage events and to place in context a down-to-the-wire donnybrook fought against
the background of an erupting Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, and the birth of Israel, a post-war America facing exploding storms over civil rights, and domestic communism.

This event is included with regular Museum admission; members free.

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datelinewashington
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Truman Forum / Dateline: Washington

2016 Election Insiders

FEATURING MIKE ALLEN (Politico)
With TIME Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle

Less than 100 days before Americans go to the polls, the Truman Library Institute and Kansas City Public Library examine one of the most remarkable election years in the nation’s history in the latest installment of Dateline: Washington. TIME Magazine Editor at Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with former Politico writer Mike Allen, spotlighting the candidates, their campaigns, and the hot-button issues in a look-ahead to November 8.

Allen, one of the most powerful and influential journalists in Washington, was Politico’s chief White House correspondent until leaving in July for a new media venture. He wrote previously for Time and The Washington Post.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes this event, which was originally scheduled for January 25, 2016. Admission is free.

Dateline: Washington is made possible by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund. “Election Insiders” programs are offered in conjunction with the Truman Library’s forthcoming exhibition, A More Perfect Union, and related programs focused on democracy, campaigns, and presidential politics.

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TrumanWalking
Friday, August 5, 2016
Museum Program / Talkin' Truman

The Millionaire on Delaware

11 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

After many years of struggle and hard work, Harry and Bess Truman attained financial security and modest wealth. Join archives specialist Jim Armistead as he looks at financial records that the Truman Library has opened in recent years, and corrects the widespread impression that the couple lived on the brink of poverty after Mr. Truman left the White House. Mr. Armistead will explore Truman’s various savings and investments (including an improbable professional football connection), the sale of his Memoirs and the Truman family farm, and the enactment of the first pension for former Presidents in 1958.

Talkin’ Truman programs are offered every First Friday at 11 a.m., May through September, and are included with Museum admission (members free).

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Harry-and-Ike
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Museum Program / Talkin' Truman

Eisenhower and Truman

11 a.m., Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman grew up within 150 miles of one another in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. They took quite different paths in life, but they eventually served successively as U.S. presidents in the years following World War II. Join Tim Rives, deputy director at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library & Museum, and Sam Rushay, supervisory archivist at the Truman Library, as they discuss the lives, times, accomplishments, and legacies of these two remarkable presidents of America’s heartland.

Talkin’ Truman programs are offered every First Friday at 11 a.m., May through September, and are included with Museum admission (members 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

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    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:
    The Art of Democracy - Remnant Trust Documents
    A More Perfect Union - How Critical Presidential Elections Shaped the Constitution

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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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