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Monday, November 22, 2021
ONLINE EVENT

JUDGE TRUMAN MEETS MR. VEATCH

4 p.m. CT

Truman and Stalin. Truman and MacArthur. Truman and Acheson. Truman and Eisenhower. The remarkable rise of Harry Truman from Midwestern obscurity to world-shaping power was very much a story of personal relationships. The 33rd President of the United States had a talent for friendship and a genius for making shrewd alliances—and for choosing the right enemies. His relationships served him well as he supervised the building of the infrastructure of the modern world: the United Nations, the Marshall Plan, the global monetary system, NATO, and more.

One of the most illuminating relationships in Truman’s career began long before Harry Truman went to Washington, and endured to the end of his life. Tom Veatch, a brilliant Kansas City engineer and founding partner of Black & Veatch, played a key role in Truman’s political education and gave a crucial boost to the future president when Truman needed it most. The willingness of this rock-ribbed Republican to stake his own excellent reputation on the integrity and leadership skills of a lightly tested, still unproven, local politician stands as an example of civic spirit at its best.

YOUR GUEST CONDUCTORS: DAVID VON DREHLE AND TIM TRIPLETT

David Von Drehle is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics from his home base in Greater Kansas City. He joined The Post in 2017 after a decade at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 60 cover stories as editor-at-large. He is the author of a number of award-winning bestsellers, including Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.

Tim Triplett joined Black & Veatch in 2008. He serves as General Counsel, President of the Legal, Risk Management and Government Affairs Division and as Secretary of the Black & Veatch Board of Directors. He also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the Company’s Global Ethics & Compliance Program.

Both Tim and David are members of the Truman Library Institute Board of Directors

ABOUT THE WHISTLE STOPS SERIES

Climb aboard this fast-paced Whistle Stop tour of the all-new and nationally celebrated Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Every stop opens the Museum doors for you to explore the fascinating exhibits, artifacts, films and stories inside the new $29-million presidential exhibition.

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS AND FUTURE STOPS ON YOUR WHISTLE STOP TOUR
Note: Each online program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Registration will close one hour before the program begins.

11/22/21: Judge Truman Meets Mr. Veatch  |  David Von Drehle and Tim Triplett

12/2/21: Senator Truman  | Claire McCaskill

 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021
ONLINE EVENT

Senator Truman

4 p.m. CT

Upon his arrival in Washington, Truman was dismissed as the “Senator from Pendergast,” a naïve tool of gangsters. He kept his head down and walked to work early. He joined the Interstate Commerce Committee. “Go-along, get-along Harry” voted with the Democrats and forged strong ties with colleagues. By the end of his first term, Truman made the front page of the New York Times for his attacks on corporate greed and corruption. He had sponsored successful legislation, denounced poll taxes and lynching, promoted military preparedness and would go on to set up and chair the bipartisan “Truman Committee,” shining a light not only on waste and fraud in the WWII National Defense Program but also on a rising leader with integrity. The “Senator from Missouri.”

YOUR GUEST CONDUCTOR: CLAIRE MCCASKILL

Claire McCaskill grew up in a political family, and public service has defined her adult life, first as a lawmaker in the State of Missouri, then as a county prosecutor, and then as Missouri State Auditor. In 2006, Claire became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once held by Harry Truman. Today, Claire is a political analyst for MSNBC and NBC and a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

ABOUT THE WHISTLE STOPS SERIES

Climb aboard this fast-paced Whistle Stop tour of the all-new and nationally celebrated Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Every stop opens the Museum doors for you to explore the fascinating exhibits, artifacts, films and stories inside the new $29-million presidential exhibition.

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS STOP ON YOUR WHISTLE STOP TOUR
Note: Each online program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Registration will close one hour before the program begins.

12/2/21: Senator Truman  | Claire McCaskill

 

GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY

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