Temporary & Traveling Exhibits


Portraits of Courage

A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors
Presented with funding from the Truman Library Institute

A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans – and highlighting the work of The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative

Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11— and whom he has come to know personally.

The Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Portraits of Courage will be on exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, from April 12 – July 7, 2022. This special exhibition is included with general museum admission. Members are always admitted free of charge.

Exhibit marking the Panama Canal's Centennial; organized and presented by the Truman Library Institute

Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power, and the Dawn of the American Century

Presented by the Truman Library Institute

On Display at the Truman Forum Auditorium
Plaza Branch, Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO
Free Admission

To mark the centennial anniversary of the Panama Canal’s completion, the Truman Library Institute has created and launched an original exhibition highlighting the presidential past of the isthmian passageway. Moving Mountains: The Panama Canal, Presidential Power and the Dawn of the American Century draws on the rich history preserved in our nation’s presidential archives – including the Truman Library – to share a story which is much broader than the creation of the Panama Canal. It is the story of America itself and the underlying spirit of achievement that has made this nation great.

The exhibition is on display at the Truman Forum, located within the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

Members enjoy free Museum admission, not only at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum but all Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.