Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for November 2017
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
With Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle

Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
November 4, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency has grown to become Kansas City's most anticipated politically-themed program. This year's event will feature presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with David Von Drehle of the Washington Post. Join us for an unforgettable conversation focused on the American presidency and leadership lessons from the White House.

Bennett Forum tickets are free for Truman Library Institute members, who will also receive first access to the tickets on October 1. General admission tickets are $10 and go on sale October 9. The last time Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke at the Bennett Forum, tickets sold out with more than a week before the event. Please plan to buy your ticket well in advance or become a member today for the best access to tickets. Be the first to know when tickets become available by signing up for our email updates.

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Churchill's Legacy Two Speeches to Save the World.
Lord Watson

343 W. Liberty Dr , Liberty, MO
November 11, 2017
10:00 am-11:30 am

Lord Watson will speak during tea about his newly published book, Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World. He will describe how Winston Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe.

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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
November 12, 2017
12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Join us for a spectacular salute to America's veterans at the Sixth Annual Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, featuring Ret. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Gen. Mordente is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in combat in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He will be speaking in the auditorium at 2 p.m., with a free reception preceding at 1 p.m.

There will also be a presidential salute and wreath-laying ceremony in the courtyard, along with a bagpipe procession, 21-gun salute and playing of Taps. Museum admission and all events are offered to the public free of charge. Join us as we honor America?s heroes.

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That
Changed the World

Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.
November 16, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Join us for a free program with A.J. Baime, whose new book takes us on the wild ride of Truman's first four months in the White House and the leadership lessons learned along the way.

This program is presented in partnership with Rainy Day Books. Sign up for our email updates to be the first informed when we begin accepting RSVPs.

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Permanent Museum Exhibits:

Ongoing Programming:

Talkin’ Truman: Gain insight into the life & times of Harry Truman with Truman Library archivists and curators. Each program features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the museum's rich collections organized around specific themes or stories.
Talkin’ Truman programs are offered on the first Friday of the month, May through September, at 11 a.m. and are included in Museum admission.

White Glove Wednesdays: Learn about some of the rare artifacts housed at the presidential library, as well as how they came to be part of the Truman Library collection. White Glove Wednesdays are offered 11 - 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday, May through September.
Feature Film:

Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972 Narrated by David McCullough

Daily Show Times: Hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This 45-minute film by Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim examines Truman's life, from his humble birth in Lamar, Missouri, to the courtship of his wife, Bess Wallace, his service in World War I, his entry into local politics under "Boss" Tom Pendergast, his election to the U.S. Senate, and his rise to the Presidency.

Museum Store:

Pay no admission to browse the Museum Store for unique keepsakes and gifts.