Exhibits, Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 18, 2024


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!


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Friday, March 31, 2023 - Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Temporary Exhibition

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.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Harry S. Truman’s 140th Birthday and President’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony

9-10 a.m. – Wreath Laying Ceremony
ALL DAY – Free Museum Admission
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

A National Tradition

To commemorate Harry S. Truman’s 140th birthday on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will host the annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the President’s Tomb. This event continues the long-standing tradition of the United States presidency, where the incumbent commander-in-chief sends a tribute wreath on the birthday of each deceased President. The wreath is presented by a military officer and placed at the President’s tomb.

9 a.m. | President’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Celebrate Harry S. Truman’s 140th birthday with a Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony. Held at the gravesite of President Truman and Mrs. Bess Wallace Truman, this Military ceremony includes a Color Guard, Prayer, remarks about President Truman’s life and service, the playing of TAPS, and laying an official wreath from The White House.

10 a.m. | American Legion

Following the President’s wreath-laying, representatives from American Legion posts from multiple states will lay their wreaths in a patriotic ceremony with live music by band members.

ALL DAY | Free Museum Admission

Museum admission is waived from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate President Truman’s Birthday!



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Thursday, March 14, 2024 - Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Civics Education

The First Amendment: Five Rights in One!

Webinar for Grades 3-5
Presented by the National Archives

Join the National Archives for Civic Learning Week!

Students will explore the First Amendment freedoms from the Bill of Rights in this interactive and engaging civics program based on historical primary sources from the National Archives. Students will learn about the importance of First Amendment rights, identify examples in photographs and short written documents, and discover how to exercise those freedoms.

After registering, you will receive the Zoom connection information via email the week of the event. Participants’ cameras and microphones will be off, and participant comments will be shared only with presenters to ensure a student-friendly environment.

Thursday, March 14, 2024: 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2024: 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 2024: 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


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