TRUMAN STATUE CAMPAIGN
Help Send Harry Back to Washington!
WHAT 75 years after ascending to the presidency, Harry Truman is headed back to Washington. For nearly two decades, Missouri leaders have sought to secure a place for Truman – consistently ranked among our nation’s greatest leaders – in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Today, the dream is nearly a reality. Funding is being secured, final touches are being made to the 7½-foot sculpture, and the finished monument is expected to be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol in Spring 2022.
WHO The Truman Library Institute – the non-profit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum – is spearheading the campaign to create and fund the new Truman Statue. A committee of Truman family and friends, along with current and former Institute board members, reviewed proposals from six artists and presentations from four finalists before choosing Kansas City-based sculptor Tom Corbin.
WHY Harry S. Truman’s story is richly and uniquely American. From humble beginnings, he rose to become the most powerful man in the world. For nearly eight years, he guided our nation and the world through perilous times, from the ending of World War II to the beginning of the Cold War. The list of Harry Truman’s difficult and world-shaping decisions is long and unparalleled. Today, he is consistently ranked among the top five American leaders. Truman’s legacy of principled and decisive leadership is the standard that U.S. presidents now and forever will aspire to.
WHERE The Truman Statue will be received into the National Statuary Hall Collection and permanently installed on an inscribed pedestal within the U.S. Capitol Building. In addition to its active use by Congress, the U.S. Capitol is a museum of American art and history. Each year, it is visited by an estimated 3 to 5 million people from across the nation and around the world. While the exact home for the Truman Statue is yet to be determined, every recent presidential statue has been installed in the Capitol Rotunda. It is our hope that Truman will join his fellow commanders in chief there.
Clyde Wendel, Board Chair, Truman Library Institute
“Now, more than ever, President Truman’s legacy is worth remembering and honoring. The Truman Statue Committee agreed that Tom Corbin was best able to capture the essence of our 33rd president.”
Alex Burden, Executive Director, Truman Library Institute
“At the heart of the Institute’s mission is a steadfast commitment to promoting President Truman’s legacy. I firmly believe that there’s no better way to advance that mission than with this highly visible effort to bring Harry Truman back to Washington, D.C.”
Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s Eldest Grandson
“Grandpa lived by the maxim ‘Do your duty and history will do you justice.’ I’m sure he never imagined that we’d be here today, still talking about – and forever inspired by – the man from Independence.”
Tom Corbin, Sculptor
“Portraying this amazing man through my art is the highlight of my career.”
Help Send Harry Back to Washington!
We are in the final stages of the Truman Statue Campaign, but there’s still time to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Donor benefits start at $1000 and include VIP invitations to events in Kansas City and Washington D.C., a personal thank you from Clifton Truman Daniel, and recognition in the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Truman Statue Campaign, please contact:
Alex Burden, Executive Director
Kim Rausch, Development Director