An Evening with Janet Napolitano
7 p.m. Program
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112
Created after the greatest tragedy to occur on U.S. soil, the Department of Homeland Security was given the immense challenge to make America safer. By overseeing natural disasters, commercial aviation, counter-terrorism and more, the department would work to ensure that a catastrophe like 9/11 never happened again. Nearly two decades later, is America indeed safer?
Please join us for a special program with Janet Napolitano, who served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, in conversation about her latest book, How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11. She will be in conversation with Jay Nixon, former governor of Missouri. Napolitano is a former Truman Library Institute board member who currently serves as the president of the University of California and was previously governor of Arizona and attorney general of Arizona. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and TIME Magazine named her one of the nation’s top five governors.
Truman Library Institute members are exclusively invited to attend the program for free, thanks to a limited number of sponsored tickets offered through Rainy Day Books. Admission to the program for non-members is free with the purchase of one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We? The book costs $29.99 and includes admission to both the program and the autograph session immediately following for up to two people. Admission packages are available exclusively through our partner Rainy Day Books.
A Special Lunch Conversation with Ken Langone
Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Basie Ballroom
200 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO
Growing up in a blue-collar home and barely scraping together the money to finish college, billionaire and business icon Ken Langone has become an archetype for the American Dream. A co-founder of Home Depot and former director of the New York Stock Exchange, Langone’s story is one of perseverance, intuition and wit.
Langone’s recent book I Love Capitalism: An American Story tells the gripping tale of his unlikely rise and storied career, with inspiring stories from his past coupled with practical lessons for any business person.
Please join us for a special luncheon featuring Langone in conversation with David Von Drehle, columnist for The Washington Post, about Langone’s book on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Tickets are required and must be purchased by March 25. Table host opportunities are also available. Ticket includes a three-course meal, access to the program and a signed copy of I Love Capitalism.
NATO at 70
6 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Program
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
In the aftermath of World War II with pressure from the Soviet Union rising, the United States, under the direction of President Harry S. Truman, forged an alliance with 11 western nations to form the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization — NATO — in an effort to safeguard freedom by promoting stability and security in the North Atlantic region. 70 years after that initial pact, the original 12 nations have now become 29, and NATO’s role in the post-Cold War era continues to evolve.
Please join us for a public program in honor of the 70th anniversary of NATO featuring a panel discussion on the alliance’s history and continued role in the 21st century. This event, presented in partnership with the German Marshall Fund, will be moderated by Derek Chollet, the Fund’s executive vice president, formerly assistant secretary of defense and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Joining Chollet on stage will be a panel featuring Albania’s Ambassador to the U.S. Floreta Faber and Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Piotr Wilczek among other panelists.
This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.
History Happy Hour: 20 Years in the Secret Service
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tom's Town Distilling Company
Traveling in Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson’s car in Dallas on November 22, 1963, U.S. Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood threw himself over the seat of the car and across the vice president’s chest as a human shield. Youngblood remained by Johnson’s side throughout that fateful day that ended with Johnson sworn in as president following the death of John F. Kennedy. Throughout his 20-year career in the Secret Service, Youngblood protected five presidents from Harry S. Truman to Richard Nixon, and he shared this firsthand experience in his memoir 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents.
The Truman Library is kicking off this season of the popular History Happy Hour series with special guest Dr. Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn, daughter of the late Rufus W. Youngblood who recently released the second edition of her father’s book. Youngblood will tell stories from her father’s frontline perspective witnessing pivotal events in U.S. history while walking alongside these presidents and their families.
Admission to this History Happy Hour at Tom’s Town Distilling Company is $15 for Truman Library Institute members and $20 for nonmembers. Appetizers and one free drink are included in the cost of admission.
Harry’s Hop ‘n’ Hunt
10 a.m. to noon
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Museum Grounds
500 West U.S. Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050
Celebrate Easter with the beloved Harry’s Hop ‘n’ Hunt event, where the White House Egg Roll comes to the Heartland in a free day of family fun. Join us for a fun day featuring the egg roll, several egg hunts for kids ages 12 and under, story times with famous faces from around town (2018’s event featured Patrick Mahomes and Frank White, Jr.), live music and more–all free for the whole family! Plus, an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny himself!
20th Annual Wild About Harry
Muehlebach Tower | Kansas City Marriott Downtown
1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri
Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s premier signature event and annual fundraising dinner benefiting the presidential library and celebrating the legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 20th year, Wild About Harry has raised more than $6 million in support of nationally-acclaimed education and outreach programs that foster civic learning and engagement in the next “greatest generation.”
This year’s event will feature former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who will be honored as the 2019 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.
Wild About Harry table host and sponsorship packages start at $1,000, and individual event tickets cost $200. This popular event has sold out in recent years, so make plans to purchase your ticket soon.
Harry and Bess Truman’s 100th Wedding Anniversary
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
On a summer day so stifling that the wedding flowers began to wilt, Harry and Bess Truman were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence on June 28, 1919. The couple enjoyed 53 years of marriage, from Independence to the White House and back again, an American love story for the ages.
As our hometown president and first lady enter their 100th anniversary year, please join us for a platinum anniversary celebration, complete with a group vow renewal ceremony followed by the wedding reception of the century featuring a concert by the 135th Army band.
The Truman Library invites couples of all ages to renew their vows. Or you can join us to observe the ceremony and enjoy the wedding reception with dessert and a champagne toast to our favorite presidential couple.
This event is presented as part of a partnership between the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute, the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the City of Independence, the Independence Square Association and the Jackson County Historical Society.
The event is free to attend and participate in, but RSVPs are requested. Everyone who is pre-registered will receive a commemorative gift.
Ongoing Programs & Exhibits
Feature Film: Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972
Narrated by David McCullough, this 45-minute film by Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim examines Truman's life, from his humble birth in Lamar, Missouri, to the courtship of his wife, Bess Wallace, his service in World War I, his entry into local politics under "Boss" Tom Pendergast, his election to the U.S. Senate, and his rise to the Presidency.
Daily Show Times: Hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
White Glove Wednesdays
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum | Museum Lobby
Get up close and personal with rarely viewed artifacts from the Truman Collection every Wednesday at 11 a.m., May through September.
Permanent Exhibitions and Attractions:Learn More
Harry S. Truman: The Presidential Years
Harry S. Truman: Life and Times
Truman's Working Office
Oval Office Replica
Truman Grave Site
Museum Store (no admission charged)
Liberty Bell Replica
The White House Decision Center
Set in a recreated West Wing, The WHDC offers stellar corporate team building events and hands-on history sessions for student groups.Learn More