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Thursday, August 8, 2024

The Kansas City Royals: An Illustrated Timeline with Matt Stewart

5:30-7:30 PM, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
500 West U.S. Highway 24, Independence, Missouri

Prepare for an enthralling dive into the heart of Kansas City’s baseball legacy with The Kansas City Royals: An Illustrated Timeline, a vivid chronicle of triumph, heartbreak, and the unyielding spirit of a city devoted to its team.

Kansas City’s passion for baseball ignited in the 1880s with the minor league Blues and Negro League Monarchs, growing even stronger with the major league Athletics’ arrival in 1955. Despite their struggles and eventual move to Oakland, Ewing Kauffman’s visionary purchase of an MLB franchise revitalized the city’s hopes. His substantial investments led the Royals to new heights in the 1970s and ’80s, winning two American League pennants and a World Series. After decades of drought, the Royals dramatically turned the tide in 2014 and 2015, capturing two more pennants and a World Series title, uniting the city in celebration.

Harry Truman was a passionate baseball fan, often attending games at the old Municipal Stadium. His love for the sport reflected the spirit of Kansas City, where baseball was more than a pastime—it was a unifying force for the community. Truman’s enthusiasm for the game exemplifies the city’s enduring connection to its baseball roots.

Join us at the Truman Library on August 8, 2024, for a captivating event celebrating this remarkable book. Explore the Royals’ history, from their early days to unforgettable moments. Discover how star players like Amos Otis, George Brett, and Salvador Perez propelled the Royals to victory. Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate Kansas City’s enduring baseball legacy and relive the moments that brought the city together.

Matt Stewart is an Emmy-award-winning TV reporter and news anchor in Kansas City. He’s an avid Royals fan with over two decades of experience covering the team. He’s also a Northwestern University graduate, a former football player, and the author of books such as The Walk-On and Unique Eats and Eateries of Kansas City. With his engaging prose and in-depth research, he vividly portrays Kansas City’s sports history.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


All registrants are invited to attend a pre-event reception in the Atrium from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by a book signing.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2024


Truman Forum, Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112


Save the date for the biennial award program honoring the 2024 Harry S. Truman Book Award winner, The WatchDog: How the Truman Committee Battled Corruption and Helped Win World War Two, by the award-winning senior editor and executive producer at NPR, Steve Drummond.

Months before Pearl Harbor, FDR knew that the U.S. was on the verge of entering another world war for which it was dangerously ill-prepared. The urgent times demanded a transformation of the economy, with the government bankrolling the unfathomably expensive task of enlisting millions of citizens while also producing the equipment necessary to successfully fight—all of which opened up opportunities for graft, fraud, and corruption.

In The Watchdog, Steve Drummond draws the reader into the fast-paced story of how Harry Truman, still a newcomer to Washington politics, cobbled together a bipartisan team of men and women who took on powerful corporate entities and the Pentagon, placing Truman in the national spotlight and paving his path to the White House.

The Watchdog provides a window to a time that was far from perfect but where it was possible to root out corruption and hold those responsible to account. It shows us what is possible if politicians are governed by the principles of their office rather than by self-interest.

The Truman Library Institute will host Drummond on September 18, 2024, for a public event and book signing in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration for the free public program, which is generously endowed by Mary and John Hunkeler, will open on August 1, 2024.

About the Author

Drummond is an award-winning senior editor and executive producer at NPR in Washington, D.C., where he has been a senior editor for over two decades. He teaches journalism at the University of Maryland.

“It’s a wonderful honor to receive this award, especially given the amazing authors who’ve won in the past and the impressive writers and scholars whose books were entered this year,” Steve Drummond said. “I hope it brings worthy recognition of the wartime contributions of Harry Truman and the public servants who worked so hard on the Truman Committee.”

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Thursday, October 10, 2024

Truman Medal for Economic Policy

Truman Forum, Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library
4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112

Save the Date

The Truman Library Institute, Economic Club of Kansas City, and Henry W. Bloch School of Management proudly announce that the 2024 Truman Medal for Economic Policy will be awarded to Thomas Hoenig, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, Mr. Hoenig served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2012 until 2018.

Awarded biennially, the Truman Medal for Economic Policy provides a forum to recognize exceptional economic policy contributions. The award’s name reflects the role President Harry S. Truman played in the creation of the Council of Economic Advisers.

The award presentation will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 10, 2024. Sponsor packages and tickets will go on sale Summer 2024. Sign up for TRU E-news for event alerts and updates.

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Friday, May 31, 2024 - Saturday, February 1, 2025
Temporary Exhibition

UPSET! Harry Truman and the 1948 Election

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
500 West U.S. Highway 24, Independence, Missouri

With the world watching the pivotal 2024 election, a new Truman Library exhibition recalls the biggest political upset in U.S. history. Promising Americans a “Fair Deal” while campaigning against a “do-nothing Congress,” Truman changed the nation’s tune—from MILD to WILD about Harry.

A new temporary exhibition, UPSET! Harry Truman and the 1948 Election, allows visitors to travel back in time to see how the most stunning surprise in U.S. presidential election history came about. The exhibit, which includes more than 200 artifacts, original political cartoons, interactive displays, diary entries, photographs and videos, opens May 30, 2024, and runs through February 1, 2025, at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum.

This special exhibition is included with general admission. Truman Library Institute Members enjoy free admission.


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