TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS: HARRY TRUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
The Box Gallery | Commerce Bank Building
1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri
President Harry S. Truman’s background did not suggest he would become a champion of civil rights. But, for this soldier-turned-president, the abuse and brutal lynchings of black WWII veterans were a call to action. Believing in the “brotherhood of all men before the law,” he became the first president to authorize a civil rights committee, speak before the NAACP, and call for anti-lynching laws and an end to poll taxes. When Congress failed to act, President Truman desegregated the military and the civilian government workforce. Explore this historic turn in the nation’s struggle to safeguard constitutional rights in the newest exhibit at The Box Gallery, presented in partnership with the Truman Library Institute.
Due to the enthusiastic response to this interactive community exhibit, run dates for To Secure These Rights have been extended through February 29, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public. See it before it closes at The Box Gallery.
To Secure These Rights is a traveling exhibit and will be available to rent beginning Summer 2024. To learn more, contact Cassie Pikarsky, director of strategic initiatives, at Cassie.Pikarsky@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org.
THE CONFIDANTE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II AND SHAPE MODERN AMERICA
6 p.m. Wine Reception | 6:30 p.m. (CT) Program
Online and Onstage | Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
The Truman Library Institute proudly presents Christopher Gorham in a “Women Rising” Distinguished Author Event. The second installment in a new series reflecting on the contributions of women on the world stage, THE CONFIDANTE, reveals the last remaining secrets of World War II.
Anna Marie Rosenberg, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, defied all expectations to become, as LIFE Magazine declared, “far and away the most important woman in the American government, and perhaps the most important official female in the world.” Serving as Franklin Roosevelt’s special envoy to Europe during WWII, Rosenberg ventured where the president couldn’t, standing among the first Allied women to enter a liberated concentration camp and exploring Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Eagle’s Nest. Instrumental in shaping the G.I. Bill of Rights and the Manhattan Project, she broke barriers in 1950 when President Truman appointed her as the assistant secretary of defense—the highest position ever held by a woman in the U.S. military. Despite facing an unsuccessful smear campaign led by Senator Joe McCarthy, Rosenberg’s intelligence, wit, and courage marked her as an indispensable ally in the fight against fascism, shaping the post-war world. Remarkably, her story has remained largely forgotten until now.
WILD ABOUT HARRY
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Muehlebach Tower, Imperial Ballroom
David Von Drehle and the late Karen Ball
Merilyn and Dr. Loren Berenbom
Join us on April 18 for WILD ABOUT HARRY, the premier fundraising event benefiting Harry S. Truman’s presidential library and legacy.
Sponsor and Table Host benefits for the 25th annual event include VIP access to the exclusive Sponsors Party, photo opportunities with featured guests, craft cocktails, a chef-curated three-course dinner with wine, and more!
Whether you love history, love Harry, or just love a great party, you won’t want to miss WILD ABOUT HARRY!
Rooted among the Ashes: Hibakujumoku / A-bombed Trees
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
500 West U.S. Highway 24, Independence, Missouri
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum proudly presents Rooted among the Ashes: Hibakujumoku / A-bombed Trees, featuring the photography of Katy McCormick. Having explored Japan’s two Atomic-bombed cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McCormick’s photography portrays the survivor trees or hibakujumoku, subjected to the first use of Atomic bombs in 1945. Standing in school yards, temple grounds, and city squares, the A-bombed trees are living memorials, rooted among the ashes just below the surfaces of now-thriving cities. Predicated on “walking and remembrance,” the exhibition invites a promenade through space and time, memory and history, urging reflection upon how the past haunts the present—warning, teaching, urging care.
This special exhibition has been extended through April 30, 2024 and is included with general admission. Truman Library Institute Members enjoy free admission.