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Truman Library Institute Awarded $10,000 Grant from Missouri Humanities Council | June 19, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Truman Library Institute in support of its exhibition-related Teachers Conference and public programming. The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

The grant helps fund public programming in support of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum’s special exhibition “Saving the White House: Truman’s Extreme Makeover,” on display through the end of the year. The Truman Library Institute hosts public programming throughout the year bringing acclaimed authors, historians and politicians to the Kansas City area. This grant provides support for the following programs and others through the end of the year:

  • “White House Stories” with Clifton Truman Daniel – July 12: Harry S. Truman’s grandson will be sharing family stories from the White House.
  • “Jackson’s White House” with Howard Kittel – August 23: The CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will share insider stories from Jackson’s presidency.
  • “Photographing the President” with Pete Souza – September 14: The official White House photographer of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan will share photos and stories from his experience inside the White House.

Funding from the MHC also provides support for the Truman Library Institute’s 14th Annual Teachers Conference, where 50 educators will congregate to hear presenters from 12 presidential libraries and learn how to bring these insights from our nation’s history into their classrooms.

“We are honored to receive this funding from the Missouri Humanities Council,” said Alex Burden, Executive Director of the Truman Library Institute. “It’s a privilege to have their support to take our programs to the next level and reach even more people.”

For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call 314-781-9660 or 800-357-0909 or write to the MHC, 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, Mo. 63144-1905.

The Truman Library Institute is the member-supported, nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 13 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 40,000 students and teachers each year. Learn more at

Lacey Helmig
Director of Communications
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