Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Signature Event

The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency

With Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle
6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency has grown to become Kansas City’s most anticipated politically-themed program. This year’s event will feature presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with David Von Drehle of the Washington Post. Join us for an unforgettable conversation focused on the American presidency and leadership lessons from the White House.

Free Bennett Forum tickets and priority seating are available to Truman Library Institute members. Tickets are now available for Truman Library Institute members. Claim your member ticket here.

General admission tickets are $10 and available here or by calling 816.235.6222 (box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The last time Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke at the Bennett Forum, tickets sold out with more than a week before the event. Please plan to buy your ticket well in advance or become a member today for the best access to tickets. Be the first to know when tickets become available by signing up for our email updates.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Signature Event

6th Annual Ike Skelton 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 6th Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The Museum is open free of charge in honor of our veterans from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the day will be filled with patriotic activities including a free public program featuring Ret. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The program will be followed immediately by a presidential salute and wreath-laying ceremony on the Truman gravesite in the courtyard.

12 – 5 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum open free of charge in honor of our veterans

12 – 3:30 p.m.

Patriotic activities throughout the Museum, including free gifts for vets (while supplies last), a thank-a-vet card-making station and more.

2 p.m. Free Public Program Featuring Ret. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Patrick Mordente will draw on his 29 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Air Force in a program open to the public. In addition to his decades of service, Brig. Gen. Mordente is now the Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The program will be preceded by a free reception at 1 p.m. Following the program, a bagpipe procession will lead to the Truman Courtyard for a presidential wreath-laying and 21-gun salute.

Join us as we honor America’s heroes, rain or shine. Activities throughout the day are free, but RSVPs are requested if you plan to attend the wreath-laying ceremony and public program featuring Brig. Gen. Mordente.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

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

On April 12, 1945, Harry S. Truman received an urgent summons from the White House. When he arrived, Eleanor Roosevelt told him, “The President is dead.” Truman asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?” Mrs. Roosevelt responded, “Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.”

The next four months included the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, the controversial decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the eventual end of World War II, the famine in Europe and the beginning of the Cold War. Harry Truman—a Midwesterner with no college degree, little money, and the prototypical ordinary man, who was not briefed by his predecessor—was thrust into the presidency in the midst of this tumultuous time.

In The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World, acclaimed author A.J. Baime takes us on the wild ride of Truman’s first few months in the White House. His captivating storytelling invites readers into the Oval Office with Truman during this high-stakes period of history.

Join us for this free public program, book sale and signing featuring A.J. Baime sharing about Truman’s presidency and the many parallels to our current events. This program is presented in partnership with Rainy Day Books.

This program is funded in part by the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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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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