Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Member Event

12th Annual Members Night at the Museum

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Truman Library Institute members are invited to attend an exclusive, after-hours event at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, including a special preview of an exciting new project at the Truman Library. The evening will include an elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres reception along with a program previewing this new era for the Truman Library.


Become a member today to receive your exclusive invitation to this special event.


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Friday, June 28, 2019
Public Program

Harry and Bess Truman’s 100th Wedding Anniversary

6 p.m.
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. Find more details and plan your day celebrating the platinum anniversary in Harry and Bess’ hometown here.



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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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