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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for February 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
Unexampled Courage: Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Judge J. Waties Waring and
President Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 7, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

On February 12, 1946, decorated African-American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard was in uniform when he was removed from a bus, beaten and blinded, just hours after he had been honorably discharged. When news got to President Harry S. Truman in the White House, he was outraged. "My very stomach turned over when I learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of Army trucks in Mississippi and beaten," he said.

The incident with Sgt. Woodard served as a turning point for President Truman, leading him to establish the first presidential commission on civil rights, with his Justice Department filing criminal charges against the police officer who beat Sgt. Woodard. An all-white jury ended up acquitting the police officer, but the presiding judge, J. Waties Waring, was conscience-stricken and began issuing major civil rights decisions from his South Carolina courtroom. Join us for a public program featuring Federal District Judge Richard Gergel, who currently presides in the same courthouse where Judge Waring once served and is author of Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring.


"The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers" Screening and Q&A
with Executive Producer James Theres

Bess Truman Birthday Commemoration

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 10, 2019
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

When General John Pershing discovered that doughboys did not have the skills necessary to manage the telephone switchboards to keep him connected with troops under fire, he brought in a team of women "wire experts" to handle this job in World War I. They were masters of this latest technology, and they became America?s first women soldiers.

The documentary film The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers tells the heroic story of these 223 women and how they helped win World War I and eventually earn the vote back on the home front. Please join us for a special celebration of Bess Truman's birthday featuring a screening of The Hello Girls followed by a Q&A with the film?s director and executive producer James Theres.

This program will be presented as part of our celebration of Bess Truman's 134th birthday, presented in partnership with the Independence Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The program is free for Truman Library Institute members or with paid admission to the museum: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors. RSVPs are requested.


Mondays with McCullough - February edition
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence Room
February 11, 2019
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

The Mondays with McCullough book club studies the Pulitzer-prize winning biography "Truman" by David McCullough, one chapter at a time. This program is at 12:00 noon on the second Monday of the month in the Independence Room. Bring your own lunch if you wish. The February session will discuss the fifth chapter of the book.

President's Day Cookies
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Lobby
February 18, 2019
10:00 am-11:00 am

Celebrate President's Day with fresh-baked presidential cookies! Visitors to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will take a culinary journey through the past few centuries as they sample cookies baked according to favorite recipes of former presidents. Volunteers and staff will serve fresh-baked sweets from the "Presidential Cookies" cookbook while supplies last. Those chosen recipes will be revealed soon. In the meantime, plan to celebrate the holiday with us and, for the price of museum admission, you can take a bite of American history.

Trails to Truman Trivia: Civil Rights Edition
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
February 22, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Back by popular demand -- trivia night! Your favorite Independence sites -- Mid Continent Public Library, National Frontier Trails Museum, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Jackson County Historical Society, and the Harry S Truman Historic Site -- are banding together again to bring you another night of questions, laughter and fierce competitive spirit. In honor of Black History Month, the theme will be civil rights. But the questions will be spread across traditional categories including entertainment, history, and sports, and a few others. Prizes awarded to the top three teams; complimentary appetizers and beverages provided for all. Sign up your team of 4-6 individuals by sending an email to: truman.events@nara.gov.

An Evening with Gary Sinise
Unity Temple on the Plaza
February 24, 2019
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

The role of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump not only kick-started Gary Sinise's career - it also gave him a new life mission as a passionate advocate for veterans and active duty service members. In his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, Sinise tells the story of how he went from a trouble-making kid to a successful actor and eventually a tireless supporter of those who have served our country.

Starring as the 33rd president in the 1995 film Truman earned Sinise a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award. For his service work, Sinise has been presented with humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States.

Please join us for a free public program in the Truman Legacy Series featuring Sinise in conversation with David Von Drehle, columnist for The Washington Post. Rainy Day Books will have copies of Grateful American available for purchase at the event or to pre-order in advance.


The President's Kitchen Cabinet
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
February 28, 2019
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Commemorate Black History Month with a special program focused on the African Americans who have worked in the presidential food service as chefs, butlers, stewards and servers for every first family since George and Martha Washington. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Adrian Miller, author of The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas, Charlie Redden, White House chef for the Clinton administration, and Wanda Joell, a former presidential flight attendant and the first African-American woman to serve on Air Force One.

Join us for this special program featuring the stories of the chefs, servers and more who have fed our presidential families and witnessed history along the way. RSVPs are requested for this free public program.



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.