Exhibits, Programs & Events

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
First Families

The Boss and the Baby: Harry Truman’s Favorite Ladies

4 p.m.

Celebrating the 137th Birthday of First Lady Bess Wallace Truman

As part of its $30 million renovation, the Truman Library’s exhibits now provide much more emphasis on the two most important women in Harry Truman’s life – his wife, Bess, and their daughter, Margaret, whom he often affectionately referred to as “The Boss” and “The Baby,” respectively. In this fascinating presentation, Truman Library archivists Laurie Austin and Tammy Williams will highlight some of the most memorable new additions.

This online event is free but reservations are required. RSVP today to receive your program link.

Presented by the Independence Pioneers Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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Thursday, February 24, 2022
Distinguished Author Event

White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America’s Darkest Secret

6 p.m.

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A riveting biography of Walter F. White, a little-known Black civil rights leader who passed for white in order to investigate racist murders, help put the NAACP on the map, and change the racial identity of America forever

Walter F. White led two lives: one as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and the NAACP in the early 20th century; the other as a white newspaperman who covered lynching crimes in the Deep South at the blazing height of racial violence. Born mixed race and with very fair skin and straight hair, White was able to “pass” for white. He leveraged this ambiguity as a reporter, bringing to light the darkest crimes in America and helping to plant the seeds of the civil rights movement. White’s risky career led him to lead a double life. He was simultaneously a second-class citizen subject to Jim Crow laws at home and a widely respected professional with full access to the white world at work. His life was fraught with internal and external conflict – much like the story of race in America. Starting out as an obscure activist, White ultimately became Black America’s most prominent leader. A character study of White’s life and career with all these complexities has never been rendered, until now.

A.J. Baime is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World, Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul, and The Arsenal of Democracy. He is a longtime regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science, and Men’s Journal. He holds an MA in literature from NYU and currently lives in northern California.

This online event is free but reservations are required. RSVP today to receive your program link.

This Distinguished Author Event is part of the Truman Legacy Series “To Secure These Rights,” made possible, in part, by The Boeing Company. 

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
EXHIBIT: FINAL DAY

THE FORGOTTEN WAR: KOREA 1950

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Now On Exhibit

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Max Desfor spent three years in Korea during the Cold War conflict. Now, his breathtaking documentary images are on display at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, giving us insight into “the forgotten war.” This special exhibition is on display through April 2, 2022 and is included with admission to the Truman Library.  Learn more and purchase tickets.

 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
EXHIBIT: OPENING DAY

Portraits of Courage

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honors the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans – and highlights the work of the Bush Institute Military Service Initiative.

Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11— and whom he has come to know personally.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
Annual Fundraising Dinner

Wild About Harry

7 p.m.

Join us on April 28 – from your home or at the historic Muehlebach Hotel – for Wild About Harry, the Truman Library Institute’s premier signature event and annual fundraising dinner benefiting the presidential library and celebrating the legacy of Harry S. Truman. Now in its 23rd year, Wild About Harry has raised more than $8 million in support of nationally-acclaimed education and outreach programs that foster civic learning and engagement in the next “greatest generation.”

Event sponsorships and table host packages are available now.  Individual tickets go on sale March 1. Sign up for our e-newsletter for event updates and alerts.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
Member Event

Members Night at the Museum

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Truman Library Institute members are invited to attend an exclusive, after-hours event at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, including VIP access to new galleries and the special exhibition of paintings by President G. W. Bush, Portraits of Courage. The evening will include an elegant garden party with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Join today to receive your exclusive invitation to this annual event.

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