Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Public Program

Open Spaces – Discussion with the Artist

Artist available for discussion 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Open Spaces, Kansas City’s newest arts event, is a multi-sensory, cross-cultural experience featuring performers and artists from both around the world and close to home. From August 25 to October 28 it will take over the city with provocative exhibits and cutting-edge performances scattered from rural to urban environments, galleries to public parks – all to showcase the unique makeup of KC’s creativity.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is on the festival map, hosting Sarah Nguyen’s art installation “Break Into Blossom.” An artistic visual interpretation of a story from the Textbook of Alternate History by Phong Nguyen, the artist depicts a scenario where the atomic bomb used in World War II fails to detonate, passes through a cherry tree and lands in a forest, gathering moss and lichen over the years. The installation is interactive and allows visitors to write their wishes on “cherry blossom petals” and scatter the petals onto the piece.

“Break Into Blossom” will be on display at the Truman Library for the nine-week run of the Open Spaces festival. Join us on Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., when artist Sarah Nguyen will be on hand to discuss her work along with author Phong Nguyen. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and RSVPs are not necessary to attend the artist discussion.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Film Screening

‘The Great War’ Screening Part 1

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

Relive the stories of World War I through unpublished diaries and letters from nurses, journalists and doughboys in this three-part film series that originally aired last year on PBS. Called “Enormously absorbing” by The Wall Street Journal, The Great War tells the captivating story of the bloodiest war the world had ever seen and how this conflict turned the United States into a dominant player on the international stage.

Join the National Park Service and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum for the first part of this film, presented in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Who Run, which was the first time Captain Truman and Battery D faced combat. Part 2 will be shown on Thursday, October 11, and the final part will be shown as part of the Truman Library’s Veterans Day event on Sunday, November 11.

This screening is presented in conjunction with ‘Heroes or Corpses’: Captain Truman in World War I, the Truman Library’s special exhibition on Harry Truman’s military service and how it helped set him on the path toward the presidency.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Public Program

The Doniphan Award Ceremony Honoring Senator John Danforth

5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:00 p.m. Award Ceremony
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The Doniphan Community Service Award will be presented to Sen. John Danforth in this free public program, followed by remarks from the senator. This special award was created by the Alexander W. Doniphan Community Service and Leadership Foundation, Inc., to honor recipients who exemplify Gen. Doniphan’s outstanding characteristics and personal commitments in education, jurisprudence, statesmanship, patriotism and business.

Sen. John Danforth represented Missouri in the Senate from 1976 to 1995 and also served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.

This program is free to attend and a brief reception will be held at 5:30 pm. RSVPs are requested.

The Doniphan Award is presented in partnership with the Alexander W. Doniphan Community Service & Leadership Foundation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Kansas City area, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, the Truman Library Institute, Mid-Continent Public Library, Clay County Millennium Historical Board and J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

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Friday, September 14, 2018
History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour: Truman and the Rich and Famous

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Babe Ruth, Bob Hope and Groucho Marx aren’t the first names that come to mind when you think about Harry Truman’s circle. And it might be hard to imagine him rubbing elbows with Jack Benny and Mickey Mantle. But during his administration and after he left the White House, Truman was associated with a cadre of famous entertainers, politicians and athletes who are household names today. Archivist David Clark will draw on the Library’s audiovisual and manuscript holdings to showcase President Truman’s relationships with the rich and famous of the 1940s, 1950s and beyond.

This event is offered in partnership with Happy Hour — an upscale wine, beer, spirits, cigars and gifts store in Independence. Owner Carolyn Marsh and Beverage Specialist Sean will pour tastings of: Mad Hatter Beer, Fess Parker Riesling, and Jack Daniels Bourbon.

This program is free to Truman Library Institute members or with museum admission and. RSVPs are required.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Public Program

“A Force So Swift”: 2018 Truman Book Award

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

As 1949 unfolded and Mao Zedong’s communist forces spread further across China, Harry S. Truman found himself facing a new diplomatic challenge in Asia. Truman and his aides scrambled to respond, and their actions yielded an American foreign policy that set the trajectory for relations with China for decades to come.

In his award-winning book, A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949, Kevin Peraino examines the tumultuous year 1949 through a gripping narrative of the Truman administration’s response to the triumph of Mao’s forces. Prior to giving a book talk, Peraino will be honored as the 2018 Harry S. Truman Book Award recipient.

Peraino is a veteran foreign correspondent who worked as senior writer and bureau chief at Newsweek for a decade. He is also the author of Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power. Peraino joins 27 other distinguished authors including Dean Acheson, Alonzo Hamby and Wilson D. Miscamble who have received this prestigious biennial award for their work.

The free program will be preceded by a 6 p.m. wine reception and followed by a book signing. Copies of A Force So Swift are available in the Museum Store.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Film Screening

‘The Great War’ Screening Part 2

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

Relive the stories of World War I through unpublished diaries and letters from nurses, journalists and doughboys in this three-part film series that originally aired last year on PBS. Called “Enormously absorbing” by The Wall Street Journal, The Great War tells the captivating story of the bloodiest war the world had ever seen and how this conflict turned the United States into a dominant player on the international stage.

Join the National Park Service and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum for the second installment of this three-part film. While the film was created as a miniseries, attendees are welcome to join in for any part they are able to attend. A staff member will give a brief introduction to the film that provides context for anyone who missed an earlier screening. The final part will be shown as part of the Truman Library’s Veterans Day event on Sunday, November 11.

This screening is presented in conjunction with ‘Heroes or Corpses’: Captain Truman in World War I, the Truman Library’s special exhibition on Harry Truman’s military service and how it helped set him on the path toward the presidency.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Travel Opportunity

Harry S. Truman and the A.E.F. Battlefield Tour

An exclusive benefit for members of The Buck Stops Here Society
OCTOBER 16-22, 2018

Great leaders are forged upon battlefields, particularly in the harrowing year of 1918. During the centennial of World War I, join the Truman Library Institute, along with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, for a once-in-a-lifetime trip across a Western Front that inspired individuals and nations. Follow in the footsteps of Capt. Harry S. Truman and Battery D, with the additional option to visit the WWII site of Normandy. Experience the beauty of serene spaces and delicious cuisine of French wine country as we visit well-known battlefields and exclusive locales with inspiring travel to France and areas of American Expeditionary Forces involvement.

This trip is offered exclusively to members of the Truman Library Institute’s The Buck Stops Here Society in conjunction with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum’s special exhibition, “Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I.”

Our guides will be Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil. Staff from the Truman Library Institute and a member of the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s historical team will also be joining the tour.

$2,250 per person (payable in two installments; $250/pp single supplement)

$600 per person optional Normandy extension ($200/pp single supplement)

The cost for the 2018 tour includes:
– Pick up and drop off in Paris, coach, driver, and 2-3 guides throughout tour
– 6 nights half board accommodation
– Normandy option: as above with 2 additional nights half board accommodations

It does not include:
– Flights to and from Paris
– Lunches and dinners unless included on the itinerary
– Incidentals

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Saturday, November 3, 2018
SIGNATURE EVENT

SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Bennett Forum on the Presidency

THE BENNETT FORUM ON THE PRESIDENCY
6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Taking place just days before the election, the Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency is Kansas City’s most anticipated politically-themed program that explores hot-button issues like presidential power, transformational leadership and presidential decision-making during times of war. Save the date for this unforgettable program, then sign up for email updates to be informed when more details are announced.

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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

    The new temporary exhibit will open in March 2018.

    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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