Veterans Day | November 11, 2021
Veterans Day Values
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.
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.
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.
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. Read More
This Day In History – September 2, 1945 | September 2, 2021
THE SURRENDER OF JAPAN | SEPTEMBER 2, 1945
“We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces and all armed forces under Japanese control wherever situated.”
Historic Headlines | August 13, 2021
V-J DAY | AUGUST 14, 1945
“I HAVE RECEIVED THIS AFTERNOON A MESSAGE FROM THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT…”
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
TRU History | August 6, 2021
Surplus WWII-Era Purple Hearts Still Being Awarded
A half-million medals are a reminder of the lives not lost in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
By D. M. Giangreco
Excerpted from “75 Years Later, Purple Hearts Made for An Invasion of Japan are Still Being Awarded,” originally published by George Washington University’s History News Network.
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.
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.”
TRU Digital Digest | March 31, 2021
Women’s History Month
“AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE BUILT FOR THEMSELVES A PROUD RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT, OF UNSELFISH DEVOTION TO THE PUBLIC WELFARE, OF COURAGEOUS INDUSTRY ADVANCING EVERY GOOD CAUSE.”
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!