Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 8, 2018
History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour: Dear Bess, Love Harry

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

He first saw her in Sunday school at the age of six. “She had golden curls and … beautiful blue eyes,” he recalled. They graduated from high school together in 1901 but went their separate ways until becoming reacquainted nine years later in 1910. Then Harry Truman began his first and longest campaign … to win the heart of Bess Wallace.

In this History Happy Hour event, Archivist Tammy Williams will tell the story of the Trumans’ love and devotion to each other through the letters they exchanged over their nine-year courtship and 53 years of marriage.

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: Monk & Honey beer from Torn Label and Romantic Chemistry from Dogfish Head Brewery, Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, and Four Roses Bourbon.

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


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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Member Event

11th Annual Members Night at the Museum

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Truman Library Institute members are invited to attend an exclusive, after-hours event at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The evening will include an elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, a private viewing of ‘Heroes or Corpses’: Captain Truman in World War I, and a special salute to Flag Day.


Become a member today to receive your exclusive invitation to this special event.


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Friday, June 22, 2018
History Happy Hour

History Happy Hour: Tom and Harry

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tom’s Town Distilling Co.
1701 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

One of the most complicated friendships during Harry Truman’s life was his long-lasting relationship with Thomas J. Pendergast, who became a Kansas City political kingpin in the early 1930s through his use of strong-arm tactics and personal wealth. Harry S. Truman’s success in politics was initially attributed to support from Pendergast. It was later in his career that this connection to the boss of Kansas City almost led to his political defeat as he had to overcome the impression that he was the “Senator from Pendergast” after Tom was sentenced to prison for corruption. Historian Jon Taylor will discuss their political alliance while guests enjoy a tasting of Tom’s Town’s award-winning spirits.

Only 50 seats are available for this special evening, and registrations are required. Cost to attend is $10 and includes a tasting flight and appetizers.


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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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