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75 IN 5, Episode 1 | November 8, 2021





To honor the 75th anniversary of Harry S. Truman’s world-defining presidency, the Truman Library Institute has launched 75 IN 5 – five-minute video podcasts highlighting the important moments and significant developments that led to some of President Truman’s biggest decisions.

Cassie Pikarsky, director of strategic initiatives, is your host for this new series. In this first episode of 75 IN 5, she takes you back to the significant events from the Fall of 1946. While the Nuremberg Trials in Europe are highlighting horrors of the Holocaust, President Truman is made aware of racial atrocities at home, too, that will lead to historic presidential leadership on civil rights. And there’s political news, too – with Truman in the Oval Office, the Democrats have just suffered a severe blow, losing both houses of Congress.

Discover all of this and more in Episode 1 of 75 IN 5, the new video podcast that offers a fresh take on the Truman administration 75 years on, 5 minutes at a time.

Remembering General Colin Powell | October 19, 2021

Hear Colin Powell speak about the impact President Truman had on his life

The Truman Library Institute joins America and the world in mourning the loss of a towering public servant and patriot, Colin Powell.

An American politician, diplomat, statesman, four-star general, and our country’s first Black secretary of state, Powell died yesterday at the age of 84.

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Remembering General Colin Powell

Ambassador Power is WILD About Harry! | April 12, 2021

The Truman Library Institute proudly announces that the 2021 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award will be presented to Ambassador Samantha J. Power during the 22nd Annual Wild About Harry celebration on May 6, 2021. Today, on the 76th anniversary of Harry Truman’s ascension to the presidency, Ambassador Power shared this personal video greeting reflecting on Truman’s global leadership and enduring legacy.

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Ambassador Power is WILD About Harry!

Passover 1945 | April 2, 2021

Vice President Truman’s Passover Address to the the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe

The traditional Passover greeting, chag Pesach samech, must have carried indescribable joy in 1945. The Second World War was nearly over, and victory over Nazi Germany was certain when, on March 26, then-Vice President Truman delivered his Passover address at the Jewish Welfare Board. His remarks, below, were broadcast from Washington, D.C. to the “Jewish men and women in the Armed Forces.”

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Passover 1945

Truman and Women’s Rights | March 1, 2021

The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act

Of the many decisions, acts, policies and executive orders signed by former President Harry S. Truman, one of the most famous remains his decision to desegregate the military. Truman’s Executive Order 9981 (July 26, 1948) figures prominently in ongoing discussions on civil rights and equality today.

Yet while Executive Order 9981 is perhaps one of Truman’s most progressive pieces of legislation, his decision to sign the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in the same year suggests Truman recognized a need for even more equalizing change in the United States military.   Read More

Truman and Women’s Rights

This Day In History | February 22, 2021

#OTD February 22, 1946  |  The Long Telegram

75 years ago, George Kennan, an American diplomat living in Moscow, sent an 8,000-word telegram to President Truman’s State Department. Today, “The Long Telegram” is regarded as a foundational U.S. document, right up there with the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and George Washington’s Farewell Address. As a sign of its enduring significance, the telegram’s 75th anniversary appears on top-ten lists of historic moments to note in 2021. Read More

This Day In History

Camp David (Or Truman’s Shangri-La) | February 16, 2021


Nestled in the Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, is Camp David, a retreat for use by the President of the United States.

Officially a U.S. Navy installation, the facility was originally built by the Works Progress Administration as a camp for government employees, opening in 1938. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took it over and named it “Shangri-La,” for the mountain kingdom in Lost Horizon, the 1933 novel by James Hilton. It was later renamed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in honor of his then-five-year-old grandson, Dwight David Eisenhower II.

Over the years, American presidents and their families have used it for a variety of reasons. Some spent weekends there relaxing with their families. Others have used it to study, write, or confer with top advisers. A few have used it to conduct global diplomacy and forge historic peace agreements. During his first visit to Camp David, President Biden played Mario Kart with his granddaughter Naomi (and won!).  Read More

Camp David (Or Truman’s Shangri-La)

The Daughters of Yalta | February 12, 2021

The Daughters of Yalta

Catherine Grace, author

A Distinguished Author Event Celebrating the 136th Birthday of First Lady Bess Wallace Truman

Featuring Catherine Grace Katz
Saturday, February 13 | 2 PM CST

Please join us online for the 2021 Bess Wallace Truman Birthday Celebration featuring Catherine Grace Katz, author of The Daughters of Yalta. Read More

A Lasting Valentine’s Day Gift | February 12, 2021

A Lasting Valentine’s Day Gift

The Perfect Personalized Gift for Your Sweetheart

Please Order by Friday, February 12

Profess your love on Valentine’s Day with a custom engraved Valentine’s Day Brick – a unique gift that will last forever. Order by February 12 to receive a downloadable certificate announcing your thoughtful gift. Read More

A Lasting Valentine’s Day Gift