Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Public Program

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

6 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Program
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Commemorate Black History Month with a special program focused on the African Americans who have worked in the presidential food service as chefs, butlers, stewards and servers for every first family since George and Martha Washington. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas, Charlie Redden, White House chef for the Clinton administration, and Wanda Joell, a former presidential flight attendant and the first African-American woman to serve on Air Force One.

Join us for this special program featuring the stories of the chefs, servers and more who have fed our presidential families and witnessed history along the way. RSVPs are requested for this free public program.


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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Public Program

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.

Admission to this program 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.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Public Program

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 about his 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.


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

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 are now available and start at $1,000; individual event tickets cost $200. This popular event has sold out in recent years, so make plans to purchase your ticket when they go on sale March 7. Truman Library Institute members have early access to tickets starting March 1.


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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.

  • Museums Exhibitions

    Permanent Exhibitions and Attractions:
    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

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  • 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.

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