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Upcoming Events

Friday, August 10, 2018
History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour: Cold War Espionage

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

The Americans might be fictional, but the true case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg seems straight out of the Cold War spy saga. After World War II, the Office of Strategic Services was replaced by a new peacetime foreign intelligence organization that was independent of the military and eventually became known as the Central Intelligence Agency. The discovery that nuclear secrets had been stolen and turned over to the Soviet Union intensified suspicions and anxiety about the Soviet threat. Historian Lee Lacy and Archivist Sam Rushay will talk about the massive counterintelligence efforts President Truman’s administration undertook to root out foreign and domestic spies as the Cold War began and discuss details of the most famous couple accused of selling secrets to the Soviets.

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: White Rascal Beer, Dark Horse Rosé and Moscow Mules.

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

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Public Program

Harry S. Truman: Soldier from Independence

National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:30 p.m. Program

“I have always wondered how things would have turned out in my life if the war had not come along when it did,” Harry S. Truman wrote later in life. Truman entered World War I as a struggling farmer, but he left with the leadership skills and a personal network of friends that launched him into a lifetime of public service that culminated with him becoming one of the greatest presidents of the United States.

Join us for a free public program featuring Dennis Giangreco, author of The Soldier from Independence: A Military Biography of Harry Truman, as he examines how the pivotal decisions of the young soldier’s life influenced his later political career.

This special program 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.

This program is co-presented by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute and the National WWI Museum and Memorial. A book signing will follow the program, which takes place in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

The program is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.

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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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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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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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