Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Public Program

The Supreme Court in the Age of President Trump

6:30 p.m. Program
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112

With a new Supreme Court justice freshly appointed and potential vacancies in the near future, President Donald Trump will have a lasting impact on our judicial branch and the decisions they will make in the coming years and decades.

Join us Thursday, April 5, for a program featuring Joan Biskupic, one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on the Supreme Court, in conversation with David Von Drehle, columnist for The Washington Post. They will discuss the powerful personalities on the Court, its internal dynamics, the institutions and individuals attempting to influence its composition and direction, the major cases awaiting decision this spring and those that will likely come next.

Biskupic is a journalist, author and lawyer who has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years. She is Editor in Charge of Legal Affairs for Reuters and a legal analyst for CNN. She has written several biographies of Supreme Court justices, and she is currently working on a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts.

This free program takes place on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Unity Temple on the Plaza and is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and the Historical Society for the Western District of Missouri (Howard Sachs Chapter).


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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Film Screening

Korean Film Screening: We Are Brothers with Jang Jin

6:30 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Film Screening
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

We are Brothers tells the story of two brothers, separated in childhood, who find each other 30 years later with the help of a TV show. But the heart-warming reunion quickly dissolves into an awkward situation when Sang-yeon, a Christian pastor raised in America, realizes Ha-yeon is a shaman. Then their biological mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, suddenly disappears. The brothers team up together and go on a roadtrip to search for her. Jang Jin, the director of this popular comedy-drama from South Korea, will answer questions after the screening. This event is made possible with a grant from the Korea Foundation to the Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Both the film screening and preceding reception are free, but RSVPs are requested.



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

19th Annual Wild About Harry

Muehlebach Tower | Kansas City Marriott Downtown
1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri

Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s premier signature event and annual fund raising dinner benefiting the presidential library and promoting the legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 19th year, Wild About Harry has raised nearly $6 million in support of nationally-acclaimed education and outreach programs created to foster civic engagement and to nurture the next “greatest generation.”

This event will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman biographer, David McCullough, who will be honored as the 2018 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.


Table host and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Find more details about this unforgettable event here.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Film Screening

‘Big Sonia’ Special Screening

Sunday, April 22, 2018
12:30 p.m. Brunch Reception
2 p.m. Film Screening and Q&A

The White Theatre in the Jewish Community Center
5801 W. 115th St., Leawood, KS 66211

Back by popular demand, the Truman Library Institute has added a second screening for the popular film Big Sonia, after a capacity crowd at our last screening.

Standing tall at 4’8”, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only local survivors who speaks publicly about her experience during the Holocaust. Her enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches, and at 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, and yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations.

The critically-acclaimed film Big Sonia interweaves Sonia’s past and present using first-person narrative with stories from family and friends. Along the way, we learn valuable life lessons – “Soniaisms” – from a woman who can barely see over the steering wheel, yet insists on driving herself to work six days a week to run her late husband’s tailor shop, John’s Tailoring. Her influence spans generations and cultures, and this documentary allows all of us to hear her story.

Join us for a special screening of this popular film on April 22 at 2 p.m. The screening will be preceded by a free brunch reception where you can meet Sonia Warshawski herself. Immediately following the film will be a Q&A session with Sonia’s daughter Regina Kort, Sonia’s granddaughter and the film’s producer/co-director Leah Warshawski and co-director Todd Soliday.

This program is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and Buchbinder, Stolper & Swanson Investment Group at Stifel (Herbert Buchbinder, Managing Director/Stifel Investments; Daniel Stolper, Senior Vice President/Stifel Investments; Mary Travis-Swanson, Senior Vice President/Stifel Investments; Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated/Member SIPC & NYSE/ 4600 Madison Ave #1200, Kansas City, MO 64112).

The program is offered free of charge, but RSVPs are requested.


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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)

*Non-refundable deposit due by March 15; Balance due by August 1, 2018.

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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