Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for December 2017
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
NATO: Truman to Trump
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
December 6, 2017
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion about NATO's role in the post-Cold War era and the United States' obligations vis-a-vis other NATO members. Questions about whether NATO membership should expand and if it is up to the challenges of 21st-century security will also be debated by a distinguished panel moderated by Brian Ellison from KCUR.

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Program

Free admission but registration is required. Once the auditorium reaches capacity, guests will be redirected to the theater reserved for overflow seating. Follow the link for more information and to register for the event: http://americanpublicsquare.org/nato/

Register here

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
December 14, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Local author Dr. Harold Ivan Smith will focus on the life of former first lady and social activist Eleanor Roosevelt, including the spirituality that shaped her decision-making.

Featuring Dr. Harold Ivan Smith
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Reception 6 p.m. | Program 6:30 p.m.


The Margaret Truman Memorial Reading Group
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
December 18, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Margaret Truman Daniel (1924-2008), was known as a vocalist, television personality, mother of four sons, and an author of many nonfiction books and several novels. We remember the only child of Harry and Bess Truman by reading and discussing one of her books each month. In December, the Reading Group will convene to discuss Murder on K Street, a compelling mystery novel about an Illinois senator who returns from a political fundraiser to find his wife murdered. The detective assigned to the investigation is drawn into the dangerous world of political lobbyists with whom the senator has a close relationship.

Fee: None; participants only need to acquire the book. Copies are available at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, at branches of local libraries, and online bookstores.

Contact Doug Richardson of the National Park Service for more information.

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
December 19, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

White House Press Correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh's latest book sheds light on White House photographers--these largely unknown figures who have a front-row seat to history and shape how the events of our times will be remembered.

Featuring Kenneth T. Walsh
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Reception 6 p.m. | Program 6:30 p.m.



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.