Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Educational Resources

Discover resources and activities for all ages or browse lesson plans and other materials for classroom use.

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School Tours:

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High School Trivia Contest

Competion for students grades 9-12. Registration form and contest information now available.

October 15, 2018. Theme: "Presidential Trivial Pursuit"

Email mark.adams@nara.gov for more information

National History Day contest

Competion for students grades 6-12. 2019 Theme and workshop information now available.

More information and student examples on our National History Day page


The White House Decision Center

Experience a nationally recognized hands-on history lab where participants step into the roles of President Truman and his advisors, work with formerly classified primary source documents, and collaborate to tackle some of history’s greatest challenges. Open to all ages.
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Advise the President Booklets

The Advice the President Series provides teachers an opportunity to bring the deliberation process surrounding these historic decisions to the classroom. Each booklet focuses on a significant topic during the administration of a specific president.
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Activities & Lessons

Popular Activities

3 Branches of Government
Analyzing Primary Sources
Steel Strike
Surrender of Germany
Surrender of Japan
World War II in Posters
Women's Day Speech
Teacher Conference 2005: Legacy of Nuremberg
Teacher Conference 2015: 1945
Teacher Conference 2016: Presidential Elections

The Spy’s Dilemma

Step into the shoes of a Soviet spy sent to retrieve top secret documents from Truman’s White House.
The Spy’s Dilemma

Truman Presidential Inquiries

Take a look at ten document-based classroom units created as a collaboration between the Truman Library and Independence School District.
Truman Presidential Inquiries

Lesson Plan Database

More than 390 lesson plans created by teachers are now available on the Truman Library website.
Lesson Plan Database

Truman Digital Archives

The Student Research File is currently divided into 55 topics, listed here. Each topic is focused on an event of issue from Truman’s life and presidency and contains between 500 and 1500 pages of documents selected from the Truman Library’s collections by its archives staff.

For more information on educational programs contact mark.adams@nara.gov