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David McCullough to Be Honored at Wild About Harry 2018 | November 6, 2017

Annual Fundraiser for Harry Truman’s Legacy and Library Scheduled for April 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will be honored with the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award at the 19th Annual Wild About Harry. Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s annual fundraising dinner that provides crucial funding to support Harry Truman’s presidential library and legacy.

The 19th Annual Wild About Harry is taking place April 19, 2018, at the Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Over the last two decades this annual event 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.” Serving as honorary chairs for the event are Jo Ann and Bill Sullivan, and Betsy and Tim Triplett are the event chairs.

McCullough is an author who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, including one for his 1992 biography Truman, a 1,100-page study on the life of Kansas City’s hometown president. He has authored nine other books, on topics such as John Adams, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Wright Brothers and the Johnstown Flood. He has also narrated numerous documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The Civil War and the 2003 film Seabiscuit. McCullough will be honored for his decades-long efforts to preserve and promote President Truman’s legacy, as well as his highly visible support of presidential libraries, advocacy of history education and civic literacy.

McCullough spent nearly a decade researching his Truman biography on-site at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in the 1980s and early 1990s.

“The Truman Library is a national treasure,” McCullough said. “Don’t ever think our presidential libraries aren’t worth everything that has been put into them, and then some. They bring history to our nation and that is very important for the education of our children and our grandchildren.”

Sponsorship packages start at just $1,000 and are now available. Individual tickets will go on sale March 1. For more information, see, or contact Kim Rausch, director of development, at 816.400.1214 or

The Truman Library Institute is the member-supported, nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 14 presidential libraries of the National Archives. The Truman Library Institute draws on President Truman’s legacy to enrich the public understanding of history, the presidency and America’s unique form of government. This mission is achieved through the development and funding of world-class museum exhibits, a robust international research grant program, public forums and nationally acclaimed education programs serving more than 50,000 students and teachers each year. Learn more at


Lacey Helmig
Director of Communications
Truman Library Institute
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