Saving the White House: TRUMAN'S EXTREME MAKEOVER
Presented by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Included with Museum admission
In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House’s second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country’s top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and declared it in imminent danger of collapse. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in U.S. history. America’s most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today’s White House.
Now, a new 3,000-sq ft museum exhibition by the Truman Library tells the dramatic story of the controversial $5.7 million, 1,222-day renovation. The show features the work of White House photographer Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer with unprecedented access to The White House and the presidency. His photographs of the Truman renovation – before, during and after – form a unique and invaluable visual record of one of the nation’s most important architectural and engineering challenges of the time. Truman Museum visitors also will amazed by never-before-seen White House film footage, along with stunning artifacts from America’s first “extreme makeover.”
This exhibition has been made possible thanks in part to generous support provided by Title Sponsor JE Dunn Construction Company.
Additional support has been provided by The Powell Family, Brig. Gen. Jack L. Capps, Mary Ellen and James Ascher, the Evans Family, Mary and John Hunkeler, Jeannine Strandjord, Katie and Clyde Wendel, Kay and Roger Novak, Amy and Bob Dunn, Black & Veatch, Merilyn and Loren Berenbom, Kirk Carpenter, Page and Bruce Reed, Daisy and John MacDonald, Thomas Martin Foundation, Barbara and Allen Lefko, Mary and Alan Atterbury, Adam P. Sachs and Julana Harper-Sachs, Beth and David Williams, Janet Napolitano, Ann Heiss, Karen Ball and David Von Drehle, and Dennis Merrill.
This exhibition, which runs March 10 – December 31, 2017, is included in the museum admission price.
Private tours of this and all exhibits at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum are a benefit of The Buck Stops Here Society, the Truman Library Institute’s premier membership program. To learn more, please contact Kim Rausch at kim.rausch@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org or 816.400.1214.
Members enjoy free Museum admission, not only at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum but all Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.
Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power, and the Dawn of the American Century
Presented by the Truman Library Institute
On Display at the Truman Forum Auditorium
Plaza Branch, Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO
To mark the centennial anniversary of the Panama Canal’s completion, the Truman Library Institute has created and launched an original exhibition highlighting the presidential past of the isthmian passageway. Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power and the Dawn of the American Century draws on the rich history preserved in our nation’s presidential archives – including the Truman Library – to share a story which is much broader than the creation of the Panama Canal. It is the story of America itself and the underlying spirit of achievement that has made this nation great.
The exhibition is on display at the Truman Forum, located within the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.