Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Events, Programs, and Exhibits for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
All events are free with Museum admission, unless otherwise noted.
HST and LBJ: A Presidential Friendship
Unity Temple on the Plaza
December 12, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Clifton Truman Daniel was six years old when a classmate told him his grandfather had been president. Meanwhile, Luci Baines Johnson was 16 when her father became president, finishing her teenage years in the White House. Growing up and through adulthood, both Daniel and Johnson lived in the shadow of their presidential families, exploring what it means to be a part of that unique legacy while forging their own paths.

Join us for a discussion between these two presidential descendants and President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation Mark Updegrove in a free public program focused on their lives in a presidential family and with a focus on the friendship that President Truman and President Johnson shared.

Clifton Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of President Truman and a former newspaper writer, editor and public relations professional. He lectures on his grandfather and plays President Truman in the one-man show, "Give 'Em Hell Harry!," the first time in history a U.S. president is being portrayed onstage by a descendant. In addition to his honorary chairmanship of the Truman Library Institute, Daniel is also board secretary of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Luci Baines Johnson is the younger daughter of President Johnson and an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board and manager of LBJ Asset Management Partners as well as Chairman of the Board of BusinesSuites.

This program is free, but RSVPs are requested.


Holiday Afternoon at the Truman Library featuring Matthew Litt
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Lobby and Whistle Stop Room
December 15, 2018
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum will host a special Holiday Open House. Stop by the Museum for warm beverages and holiday treats! Then at 2:00pm, Matthew Litt will discuss his bestselling non-fiction book, Christmas 1945 - The Greatest Celebration in American History.

In December 1945, WWII was finally over and the country was ready to celebrate after four dark holiday seasons. This book tells the true stories of that holiday season. Some will make you smile, some will make you cry - all will restore your American and holiday spirit and your faith in humankind. Matthew will sign copies of his book after the presentation.

1:00 pm Reception

2:00 pm Program

Curator Staff Chat: Crazy Quilts of WWI
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Atrium and Whistle Stop Room
December 15, 2018
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Curator Staff Chat featuring Museum/Archives Technician Natalie Walker discussing the history of the Truman Library's Crazy Quilt, as well as the challenges in preserving and exhibiting the artifact. Natalie will discuss the history of Crazy Quilts, including their intricate design and sewing process, the unique history of the Truman Library's Crazy Quilt, the preservation process, and the final stages of exhibiting this fascinating piece of history.

12:00 pm Reception and 1:00 pm Program


National History Day regional contest
William Chrisman High School
March 2, 2019
9:00 am-4:00 pm

History contest open to students in grades 6-12.

Email mark.adams@nara.gov for more information


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.