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Veterans Day | November 11, 2021

Veterans Day Values

Honoring All Who Served - Veterans Day

Lessons from Harry S. Truman in 3 Objects

We can learn a lot from the artifacts of a life well-lived. This Veterans Day, we turned to the Truman Library’s collection and President Truman’s personal possessions to learn what Harry Truman can teach us about service, sacrifice and honor.

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Veterans Day

75 IN 5, Episode 1 | November 8, 2021

75 Years On | 5 Minutes At A Time

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.

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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

75th Anniversary – The Nuremberg Trials | October 1, 2021

The Nuremberg Trials

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of one of the most significant events in history.

From November 20, 1945 to October 1, 1946, leading members of the Nazi Party had to answer to an international court for conspiracy, war crimes, and crimes against peace and humanity. Known today as the Nuremberg Trials, this “alternative justice” set a remarkable precedent for trying war crimes and had a lasting effect on international criminal law.

During those 11 months, the first of the trials – the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg – involved 403 open sessions, over 100 witness accounts, and extensive cross-examinations of evidence. At its conclusion, 75 years ago today, 12 of the defendants were sentenced to death by hanging, seven were sentenced to imprisonment, and three were found not guilty.

Representing the United States was Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. President Truman had appointed him to the tribunal just two days after Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker. And while Jackson’s title was Lead Prosecutor for the United States, he really served as leader for the international prosecution team, a remarkable feat for anyone, but especially considering that Jackson’s formal education – like Harry Truman’s – ended after high school. And, like Harry Truman, he seemed almost predestined, if not prepared, for the role.

In honor of this landmark anniversary, Truman Library Director Kurt Graham facilitates an online conversation with a stellar group of panelists, including Kristen McMahon, president of the Robert H. Jackson Center. Together, they explore this extraordinary military court charged with prosecuting the mass slaughter of 11 million men, women and children.

75th Anniversary Event: Third Reich On Trial



What makes this inquest significant is that these prisoners represent sinister influences that will lurk in the world after their bodies have returned to dust. They are living symbols of racial hatreds, of terrorism and violence, and of the arrogance and cruelty of power.

– Justice Robert H. Jackson

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Historic Headlines | August 13, 2021

V-J DAY | AUGUST 14, 1945


At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 1945, President Truman announced to reporters gathered in the Oval Office that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.  Read More

Historic Headlines

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

Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award

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

TRU Digital Digest | March 31, 2021

Women’s History Month

Harry S. Truman Signature

As Women’s History Month 2021 draws to a close, we are dedicating our March Digital Digest to Harry Truman and the trailblazers whose leadership, decisions and courage helped advanced women’s rights in post-WWII America.

Enjoy this digital dive into women’s history!

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TRU Digital Digest