WILD ABOUT HARRY! 19th Annual Gala Dinner


Featuring David McCullough

Wild About Harry is the Truman Library Institute’s premier signature event and annual fund raising dinner benefiting the presidential library and legacy of Harry S. Truman. In the last 19 years, Wild About Harry has raised more than $6 million in support of nationally-acclaimed education and outreach programs created to foster civic engagement and to nurture the next “greatest generation.”

Wild About Harry 2018 featured Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman biographer, David McCullough, who was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.

Honoring David McCullough

The Truman Library Institute’s Board of Directors is pleased to present David McCullough with the 2018 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award in recognition of his decades-long efforts to preserve and promote President Truman’s legacy, as well as his highly visible support of presidential libraries, advocacy of history education and civic literacy.

Widely recognized as a “master of the art of narrative history,” David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown FloodThe Great BridgeBrave Companions1776The Greater Journey and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

His most recent book, The American Spirit: Who We Are What We Stand For, a collection of his speeches and a New York Times bestseller, has been praised as “powerful,” “clarifying and uplifting,” “brilliant” and a book “every citizen of the Republic ought to read.”

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian WorldThe American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil WarJohn Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks, was one of the most acclaimed television events of recent years.

The citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale put it best, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

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