STAY TRU TO LEGACY
In the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Truman created a dynamic educational center that nurtures leadership, spurs discussions about democracy, and inspires civil service.
In recognition of the 75th anniversary of his presidency, the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute have developed a momentous plan to use Truman’s life and legacy to inform, inspire, educate, and engage a 21st-century audience at an increasingly critical time in our nation’s history.
The $33-million capital campaign, increased from the original $25-million goal, includes a new Truman permanent exhibition and other strategic improvements, enhanced education programs, expanded public programs, and endowment support.
STAY TRU TO HISTORY
Why Truman? Why Now?
The list of Harry S. Truman’s difficult and world-shaping decisions is extremely long. Assuming the presidency in the final months of World War II, he inherited a worldwide catastrophe.
Truman shouldered the burden of leadership in a rudderless world. With courage, integrity, and humility, he vindicated the American conviction that an open society can produce leaders equal to any challenge.
It falls to the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute to expand appreciation of this Midwestern farm boy who never went to college, his remarkable rise and enduring character. Through the biography and achievements of Harry Truman, future generations will come to understand both the possibilities and the responsibilities of American citizenship.
As Lyndon Johnson said of Harry Truman: “In praising him, we reaffirm the greatness of America.”
DAVID VON DREHLE, The Washington Post columnist and Truman Library Institute board member
STAY TRU TO EXPERIENCE
There is no better place in the United States to tell the story of America’s 33rd president than the Truman Library. This campaign will make the Library a hub for exploration and experiential learning that achieves Truman’s goals for his “Classroom for Democracy:” create more informed and engaged communities, teach the next generation about our history, and inspire citizens to participate in shaping our future.
BUILDING AND EXHIBIT RENOVATION
Install a new Truman permanent exhibition and upgrades to the visitor experience including improved storytelling, enhanced interactive and technology-based experiences, and a comprehensive educational strategy. Click here to view the full fly-through.
Expand educational programming utilizing Truman’s legacy to teach young people about civics, American history, the presidency, and the importance of public service.
Increase community programming, new programming in targeted regional and national locations, and social and digital media engagement.
Ensure future sustainability for the Institute’s operations and its financial, programmatic, creative, and staffing support of the Library.
STAY TRU TO SUPPORT
75th Anniversary Honorary Committee
Dr. Madeleine Albright
Henry W. Bloch*
The Hon. Roy Blunt
The Hon. Emanuel Cleaver
The Hom. James Clyburn
Clifton Truman Daniel
William H. Dunn, Sr.
Edward T. Matheny, Jr.
The Hon. Claire McCaskill
The Hon. Janet Napolitano
Marny and John Sherman
Morton I. Sosland*
Timothy W. Triplett
David Von Drehle
The Hon. Eileen Weir
Clyde F. Wendel
The Hon. Robert Zoellick