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Truman Presidential Library to Host Portraits of Courage, Traveling Exhibit of Works by President George W. Bush | September 12, 2022

Special exhibit includes nearly 100 of the former President’s portraits and stories of America’s post-9/11 warriors.

Independence, Mo. – 9 September 2022 — The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum today announced that it will host Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Oct. 13 to Dec. 31. The exhibition is supported by the Truman Library Institute, the Truman Presidential Library’s non-profit partner.

Growing out of President George W. Bush’s personal commitment and the George W. Bush Institute’s ongoing Veterans and Military Families work, Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office.

Portraits of Courage has been featured on the TODAY Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning, America, and in USA Today, People and Time. It will be on display in the newly renovated museum October 13 – December 31, 2022.

Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians.

In addition to the collection of portraits, the exhibit includes information and resources created by the Bush Institute’s Veterans and Military Families that visitors can use to learn how to better support post-9/11 warriors in their communities. These resources are intended to help bridge the military-civilian divide.

The paintings featured in Portraits of Courage are also the subject of a hardcover book by the same name, available now in stores and online. President Bush is donating 100 percent of his profits from the book to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, whose Veteran and Military Families work ensures that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds.

The Truman Library is located at 500 West U.S. Highway 24 in Independence, Mo. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 5p.m. Advance tickets are not required but may be purchased here.

For this special exhibition, free tickets for U.S. veterans and Active Military are available onsite at Visitor Services. Please provide proof of military service for complimentary admission.


Dean Davison  |  816.787.2886
Davison Strategic Communications


The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
is one of 15 presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Established in 1957, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum preserves and provides access to President Truman’s historical materials. Through engaging exhibits and programs, the Library aspires to reach a broad and diverse audience in a continuous effort to keep President Truman’s life and legacy alive, emphasizing his ideals of citizenship, learning, and service. Learn more at

The Truman Library Institute is the member-supported, nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. The Truman Library Institute draws on President Truman’s legacy to enrich 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. Join us in our mission at

About the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion.The Bush Center is comprised of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies at home and abroad. Through policy solutions and public engagement programs, the Bush Center promotes ideas and conversations that reinforce the promise of America. Learn more at