Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Public Program

Holiday Afternoon at the Truman Library

Holiday festivities from noon to 3 p.m.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Add presidential flare to your holiday season with this special afternoon enjoying the Truman Library decked out for the season and themed programs to put you in the holiday spirit. Enjoy the museum’s holiday decor along with hot beverages and holiday treats.

Join us for these special programs and take advantage of a great opportunity to finish your holiday shopping at the Museum Store, with Truman Library Institute members enjoying a double discount (20% off all items).

Two special programs will take place that afternoon. We invite you to join us for one or both of these programs:

1 p.m.

Curator Staff Chat: Crazy Quilts from WWI

Go behind the scenes of one of the artifacts in the Truman Library’s special exhibition ‘Heroes or Corpses’: Captain Truman in World War I with this Curator Staff Chat. Museum/Archives Technician Natalie Walker will present the history of the Truman Library’s crazy quilt, as well as the challenges in preserving and exhibiting the artifact. Natalie will discuss the history of crazy quilts, including their intricate design and sewing process, the unique history of the Truman Library’s crazy quilt, the preservation process and the final stages of exhibiting this fascinating piece of history.

 2 p.m.

Christmas 1945 – The Greatest Celebration in American History featuring Matthew Litt

In December 1945, World War II was finally over and the country was ready to celebrate after four dark holiday seasons. Author Matthew Litt will tell true stories from that holiday season from his book Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History. Some will make you smile, some will make you cry – all will restore your American and holiday spirit and your faith in humankind.  Matthew will sign copies of his book after the presentation.

RSVPs are requested for this special day at the Truman Library.


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Saturday, January 26, 2019
Film Screening

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” Screening and Q&A with Writer and Director Bernard McCoy

2 p.m. Film Screening
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

World War I General John J. Pershing led the American troops to overcome a better trained and equipped German Army to help the Allies win World War I. He rose to become the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, but to do that he had to overcome great personal tragedy and heartbreak so intense that he never spoke about it.

Join us for a film screening of Black Jack Pershing: Love and War, a documentary that pulls from Pershing’s personal letters, photos, diaries and more to tell the story of how he became the six-star general who led our nation through the First World War.

Immediately following the film will be a Q&A with the film’s writer and director Bernard McCoy. This program is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mardi Gras Rotary Club Event

6 p.m. Event
Arrowhead Stadium

The Rotary Club of Independence is dedicating the fundraising efforts of its beloved Mardi Gras event in support of the Truman Library. All are welcome to attend this New Orleans-style soiree featuring Cajun-style food and drinks, New Orleans music and a masquerade contest. Costumes and masks are encouraged.

The event takes place Saturday, February 16, at Arrowhead Stadium, and proceeds are benefiting a special expansion project at the Truman Library. Tickets are now available.


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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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