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WWII 70: Marching to Victory | February 1, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Yalta Conference

February 1945

70 years ago, three men mapped the end of World War II. Did they also pave the way for a Cold War?

From February 4-11, 1945, the Crimean resort town of Yalta hosted some of the most powerful men in the world. These officials did not come to Yalta for relaxation, however. In what was only their second (and last) meeting together, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin (along with other military and political figures of the “Big Three” nations) planned their final victory over the Axis powers and reached an agreement for governing Europe.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | January 23, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Battle of the Bulge

Thursday, January 25, 1945

How did the Allied forces win the bloodiest American battle of the deadliest war in human history?

On December 16, 1944, at the beginning of a historically frigid winter, the Germans launched what would be their final major offensive of World War II. Over the course of six weeks, Allied forces thwarted the German armies’ attempts to split them. The Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest battle for American forces on the Western Front during WWII – 20,000 Americans were killed in this battle; tens of thousands more were wounded, missing, or captured. Despite these great losses, the Battle of the Bulge ended with an Allied victory 70 years ago today.

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TRU Education | December 8, 2014

Today’s children. Tomorrow’s leaders.

“How will your actions affect our national debt?”

“Will the Marshall Plan apply to Korea if it is destroyed in this action?”

“How will you prevent the spread of communism elsewhere in the world while you are engaged in this action?”

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TRU History | November 26, 2014


Did Harry Truman Pardon the First Turkey?

The official “pardoning” of White House turkeys is an interesting White House tradition that has captured the imagination of the public in recent years. Recently White House mythmakers have claimed that President Harry S. Truman began this amusing holiday tradition. However, the Truman Library & Museum disputes the notion that Truman was the first president to pardon the holiday bird.

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A Word from Harry | November 26, 2014

Presidential Messages of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Truman Library Institute. Because we like our turkey served with extra helpings of history, we searched the archives for Truman’s presidential messages of Thanksgiving. Enjoy these excerpts, and please pass the rolls.

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Event Highlights | November 25, 2014

Bill Moyers with Bob Kerrey

Earlier this month, Bill Moyers made an unprecedented encore appearance at the Truman Library Institute’s Howard and Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency to share his thoughts on the intertwined presidential legacies of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson. After making his formal remarks, Moyers sat down with former U.S. Senator for an informal, wide-ranging conversation about his life, liberal politics, and the state of the American presidency. Here are a few highlights from the November 1 event.

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TRU Honor | November 21, 2014

We’re Just Wild About This Award!

Event Invitation Takes Top Honors

You could have knocked our socks off when, at Kansas City’s Philly Awards, we were awarded not one but two of the region’s most prestigious nonprofit awards for our 2014 Wild About Harry invitation. We owe a debt of thanks to Design Ranch for helping create an award-winning look and feel not only for our annual fund raising dinner but for our entire TRU Brand. More on that later!

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Volunteer at the Truman Library | October 31, 2014

Volunteering Like a Historian

Learn about new opportunities at Volunteer Open House on November 13

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum has openings for enthusiastic volunteers who love history as much as they love kids. Last spring, the Truman Library piloted an all-new education program for third-grade students, Reading Like a Historian. Modeled after a program designed by the award-winning Stanford History Education Group, the pilot program was an overwhelming success. Now, the Truman Library is looking for volunteers for the Spring 2015 program launch.

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A Word from Harry | August 31, 2014


Senator Truman Accepts the Democratic Party’s VP Nomination

Seventy years ago this summer, a world-altering decision was made in Chicago, Illinois. The Democratic Party nominated U.S. Senator Harry Truman – not Vice President Henry Wallace – to be FDRs running mate in the 1944 election. On August 31, Truman gave his formal acceptance speech in his birthplace, Lamar, Missouri. Here’s a bit of what he had to say.

MR. CHAIRMAN, members of the notification committee and fellow citizens:

I am deeply honored to have been named as the Democratic party’s candidate for the Vice-Presidency and accept with humility and a prayer for guidance that I may perform honorably and well whatever tasks are laid before me.

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