Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 3, 2018

The 2018 Bennett Forum on the Presidency

6 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

Our nation has weathered crises since its inception, and presidents have successfully utilized a variety of different leadership styles and decision-making strategies to successfully navigate through times of war, domestic turbulence and conflict for nearly 250 years. Presidential power has ebbed and flowed through each of these conflicts and continues to evolve today, especially in what many consider to be an unprecedented time.

Please join us for a captivating discussion focused on presidential power in times of crisis featuring presidential historian Michael BeschlossThe New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and The Washington Post‘s David Von Drehle at the 12th Annual Bennett Forum on the Presidency.

Tickets for Truman Library Institute members gain access to up to four tickets each thanks to their membership. General admission tickets for the Bennett Forum cost $10. Tickets to this popular event have sold out frequently in recent years, so plan to buy your ticket well in advance.


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Thursday, November 8, 2018
Public Program

A Nation Forged by Crisis

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

From the American Revolution to the Civil War, to the Great Depression and two world wars, crisis after crisis has shaped and defined our nation. Looking back on these conflicts and studying this history is the only way to understand our past and prepare for our unpredictable future, argues author Jay Sexton in his latest book, A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History.

Sexton is the Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Early in his career, Sexton served as an intern at the Truman Library, and some two decades later he is back as a featured guest speaker. Sexton is also the author of Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873 and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.

Sexton’s program will analyze our nation’s story through global conflicts and crises, with a special emphasis on the tumultuous period during Harry Truman’s presidency. Sexton will also provide a non-partisan analysis of how changes in power relations and the international economy have affected the United States in recent years and how it will impact our nation’s trajectory going forward.

The program will be preceded by a free wine reception and followed by a book-signing, with copies of A Nation Forged by Crisis available in the Museum Store. This public program is free, but RSVPs are requested.

This program is presented in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

7th Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Salute

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended. On the 100th anniversary of this landmark event in our history, the National Park Service, City of Independence, Truman Library Institute, and the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum will host a moving tribute to America’s veterans at the 7th Annual Ike Skelton Salute to Veterans.

The Museum is open free of charge to everyone in honor of our veterans from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the day will be filled with patriotic activities including a ceremony featuring Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Tim White followed immediately by a presidential salute and wreath-laying at the Truman gravesite in the courtyard.

The afternoon will be filled with fun activities for the community: The Spirit of Independence Band will play a slate of patriotic songs, craft activity tables will be set up to write letters to members of the military currently serving abroad, and The Grateful Americans Entertainment Troupe will perform for museum visitors. At 2 p.m. the Library will host a panel discussion titled, “Boots on the Ground: The Evolving Role of the American Military,” moderated by Rob Hughes, KMBC Anchor who also serves as an infantry battalion staff officer in the Army National Guard, and featuring veterans and active duty soldiers from recent deployments. Finally, Part Three of the film “The Great War” will be shown in the Theater at 5 p.m.

This event is free, and RSVPs are not required.


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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

    The new temporary exhibit will open in March 2018.

    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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