Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Public Program

AMERICAN CONVERSATIONS: KOREA THEN AND NOW

WITH FRANK AHRENS AND DAVID VON DREHLE
6:00 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Program
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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President Truman’s decision to send military and economic aid to the Republic of Korea in 1950 set the young republic on a six-decade-long path from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the wealthiest. Today, South Korea is one of the world’s largest economies, and the first UN aid recipient to become an aid giver. Truman’s intervention in Korea, which the President considered to be his most difficult decision, led to great prosperity and one of America’s greatest allies.

In 2010, Frank Ahrens, an 18-year veteran at The Washington Post, traded the newsroom for a corporate suite and moved to Seoul, South Korea to become the director of global communications at Hyundai Motor Company. Over the next three years, Ahrens accumulated fascinating insights in to Korea’s culture, history and economy. The conditions he encountered are a far cry from the Korea President Truman chose to defend in 1950, and from what currently exists across the 38th parallel to the north.

Join us for a conversation about Korea – then and now – with Frank Ahrens, author of the riveting new memoir Seoul Man, and David Von Drehle, Editor-at-large for TIME and noted presidential historian.

This free program is preceded by a wine reception at 6:00 p.m. and includes a book signing.

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Co-presented by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and the Truman Library Institute.

Copies of Seoul Man are available for purchase at the Truman Museum Store.
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Wild About Harry 2017 Featured Guests
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Annual Benefit

WILD ABOUT HARRY!

FEATURING CALVIN TRILLIN, JOHN LEWIS, AND JAMES CLYBURN
6:15 p.m. Reception; 6:30 Program
Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel

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Join us for the 18th annual Wild About Harry! annual event. Enjoy a sparkling social hour, elegant dinner, and an entertaining program celebrating the civil rights legacy of President Truman.  Featured guests include bestselling author and Kansas City native Calvin Trillin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, and James Enos “Jim” Clyburn (born July 21, 1940), the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district.

Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s premiere signature event and annual fund raising dinner benefiting the presidential library and legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 18th year, Wild About Harry has raised nearly $5 million in support of nationally acclaimed education and outreach programs created to foster civic engagement and to nurture the next “greatest generation.”

LEO MORTON ★ 2017 HONORARY CHAIR
MARY AND ALAN ATTERBURY ★ 2017 EVENT CHAIRS

Sponsor packages and VIP benefits available now.

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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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