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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jackson’s White House

6 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Program
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Andrew Jackson approached the presidency differently from his predecessors. He was the first president from “the West,” and he believed passionately that the president should represent all citizens and not just a few. Harry Truman often listed him as one of his favorite presidents, stating as follows, “He wanted sincerely to look after the little fellow who had no pull, and that’s what a president is supposed to do.” In Jackson’s eight years in office, he was responsible for balancing the federal budget for the first and only time in history and helping to expand the nation’s territory, not without controversy along the way.

Join us for a free public program featuring Howard Kittell, President & CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, to explore Jackson’s fabled history and the legacy that surrounds him today. Read a sneak preview with Kittell in our blog post: 4 Questions with Howard Kittell, then RSVP for the event today.

This is a free public program funded in part by generous grants from the Missouri Humanities Council and the Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee.



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Photographing the President

6:30 p.m.
Unity Temple on the Plaza

Pete Souza captured the looks of joy and anticipation as the president and first lady entered the inaugural ball. He was with the president watching the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. He traveled the world recording meetings with world leaders from Japan to Germany.

Now, join presidential photographer Pete Souza as he shares stories from these experiences and more. Souza was the official White House photographer for Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, and he witnessed the president during times of global decision-making, quiet moments with his family and everything in between. Join us Thursday, Sept. 14 to hear behind-the-scenes stories and view these historic photos.


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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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