Mission: The harry s. Truman library institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to the preservation, advancement, and outreach activities of the harry s. Truman library and museum, one of our nation's 13 presidential libraries overseen by the national archives and records administration. Together with its public partner, the truman library institute preserves the enduring legacy of america's 33rd president to enrich the public's understanding of history, the presidency, public policy, and citizenship. The institute provides funding and support for the harry s. Truman library and museum's exhibitions, education programs, conferences, forums and other public outreach programs.
Programs: See schedule oeducation:harry truman left america an enduring legacy. A legacy of values that include responsibility, leadership, decisiveness and a commitment to the democratic ideals that make our nation great. He hoped that his library would give people, especially young people, "a better understanding of the history and nature of the presidency and the government of the united states. " to fulfill this vision, the education team at the truman library has developed a range of outstanding programs that are grounded in proven pedagogical practices, designed to meet national academic standards, and serve as the standard for our nation's presidential libraries. Total student/teacher participation during the 2014-2015 school year was 37,489 (12. 8% increase from the previous year). More specifically: the white house decision center: this program gives students an extended, immersive, and inspirational experience at one of kansas city's iconic cultural institutions while also providing them with a unique educational program that strengthens many core skills. Inspired by president truman's legacy of leadership and developed by nationally recognized educators, this hands-on history lab is the truman library's flagship education program and the standard-bearer for education programs at presidential libraries nationwide. The white house decision center's simulations immerse students in american history, government, the presidency and high-stakes decision making in a truly unique settings - a recreation of the truman-era west wing of the white house. Teachers have described it as one of the most profound educational experiences in their students' academic careers. 5,566 students participated in the white house decision center in the 2014-2015 school year, and more than 70,000 have utilized the program since 2001. Community education scholarships: the truman library institute is committed to providing as many students as possible with access to the truman library. Over the past nine years, our scholarship fund has allowed nearly 29,000 students from economically challenged school districts to visit and experience the truman library's educational programs and exhibitions at little or no cost. During the 2014-2015 school year, 5,695 students benefited from this program. Grant scholarship funds can be used to cover museum admissions, white house decision center fees, bus transportation and substitute teacher costs. Guided museum tours: these docent-led tours are offered to grades 4-12 and include a replica of president truman's oval office, presidential years exhibition, interactive decision theaters, hands-on activites in the harry truman's life and times gallery, the grave sites of president and mrs. Truman, president truman's working office, and traveling and special exhibitions. During the 2014-2015 school year, 9,246 students (an increase of 17%) participated in the truman library's museum tour program. Truman footlocker: 6,161 students experienced this popular hands-on classroom resource filled with replicas of truman-related artifacts, primary documents and photographs. The trunk is accompanied by age appropriate lesson plans designed to teach students about the various phases of president truman's life. National history day: each year, the truman library organizes and hosts the greater kansas city national history day competition. On february 28, 2015, a record-breaking 512 students competed in this regional event. Three of these students placed 1st, 3rd, and 9th at the national level. Twelfth annual summer teacher conference: "1945: v. P & president. War end. " (a title chosen from a letter that harry truman wrote to wife bess on the occasion of the anniversary. ) forty eight teachers from across the nation attended a week-long educators' conference at the truman library, july 13-17, 2015. Curriculum materials based on the conference were developed for use in the classroom and posted on the truman library's website. To date, 334 lesson plans have been posted online. Reading like a historian: this innovative literacy program for third grade students was created in collaboration with the independence (missouri) school district. Modeled after an award-winning stanford history education group program, reading like a historian helps foster a love of learning and history, while increasing critical thinking and reading comprehension skills. Reading like a historian is museum-based, truman-focused and a first-of-its-kind interactive educational experience for third-grade students. During the 2014-2015 school year, 1,166 third-graders from 19 independence elementary schools participated. An extension of reading like a historian, geared to middle and high school students, is currently in the developmental phase and will be an in-classroom experience rather than museum-based. Additional educational resources provided to teachers and students include curriculum guides, media lending library, classroom presentations, presidential trivia contest, educator workshops & open house. The combined total of teachers and students served during the 2014-2015 school year was 14,436. Additionally, education catalogs were direct mailed to nearly 5,000 private and public elementary and secondary civics, history and social studies teachers and approximately 6,300 educators were reached via informational e-blasts. Grants and awards program: institute funding, combined with the rich archival resources of the truman library, continues to facilitate the important writing of articles, theses, doctoral dissertations and books that not only add to the truman historiography but also to the ongoing national discourse on present-day issues similar to ones the truman administration wrestled with more than 60 years ago. Research grants and hulston scholarships are essential to students and scholars who otherwise might find it financially difficult to travel to the truman library to conduct their research. Dissertation year fellowships allow graduate students time away from teaching to complete their manuscripts. During fiscal year 2015, the institute awarded 19 research grants, 1 hulston scholarship, and 2 dissertation year fellowships for a combined total of $59,278. Digital archives: preservation and worldwide access to the truman library's archival collections provide critical insight into the history of the truman years, the cold war, the rebuilding of europe, the recognition of the state of israel, civil rights, domestic policy and politics, and the nature of decision-making and leadership.
see schedule opublic outreach programs on history, politics, and democracy:the truman library institute continues its ongoing mission of deepening the public's understanding of the u. S. Presidency and government by offering engaging, educational, and quality programming to audiences of all ages. A combined total of approximately 8,643 people (an increase of 17. 7%) attended 30 programs and events throughout fiscal year 2015. Additionally, tens of thousands of people were reached through web cast, television and radio re-broadcasts, and expanded social media initiatives. The co-presented institute and kansas city public library truman forum programs "hail to the chiefs: presidential biography series and "beyond the gowns: first ladies in american history" were renewed for a fourth year and a new series, "war stories: world war ii remembered" ran from march 25 through september 24, 2015. A total of nine programs were held with attendance estimated at 4,074. "wwii-70": a new suite of programs commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of world war ii included a new lecture series, v-e day and v-j day commemorations, world war ii weekends at the museum, "the girls from atomic city" member event, advance pbs documentary film screening of "the bomb," a 1945 film series, and vets visit free days. Total attendance estimated at more than 9,200. Other signature events offered by the truman library institute during the fiscal year 2015 period included:november 1, 2014: eighth annual howard & virginia bennett forum on the presidency with journalist bill moyers former and u. S senator bob kerrey discussing the legacy of lyndon baines johnson. Program attendance estimated at 800. November 9, 2014: the honorable ike skelton veterans day ceremony presented at the truman library. This annual program was created both to honor veterans and to recognize the military service of harry s. Truman and the advocacy of former congressman and u. S. House armed services committee chair ike skelton. The keynote address was given by rear admiral (retired) j. Stanton thompson. Program attendance estimated at 200. April 23, 2015: "wild about harry and the 2015 harry s. Truman legacy of leadership award. A uso-style event featuring speaker rick atkinson, pulitzer prize-winning author of "the liberation trilogy and the award recipient was former u. S. Senator and world war ii veteran bob dole. Special recognition honors were also given to kansas city world war ii veterans henry bloch, bill dunn, sr. , and ed matheny. Program attendance estimated at 730.
see schedule oexhibitions:during fiscal year 2015 period, the truman library institute provided financial support for: "read my pins: madeleine albright collection" temporary exhibition featured more than 200 pins, many of which former secretary of state albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. The collection was examined for its historical significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. This exhibition, on display at the harry s. Truman library & museum from november 30, 2014 through february 22, 2015, was an unqualified success with museum visitors. Attendance was 11,140 (an increase of 33% in comparsion to same months in the 2013-2014 period). As an added bonus, secretary albright participated in two 90-minute question-and-answer sessions with 450 independence, missouri high school seniors on december 4, 2015. "till we meet again: the greatest generation in war and peace" temporary exhibition was on display at the harry s. Truman library & museum from april 4, 2015 through january 3, 2016. Set in the tumultuous year of 1945, this exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of world war ii and used the history of the war as a backdrop to the momentous events of that year - the violent battles in the atlantic, europe, and the pacific, the yalta conference, the death of president franklin roosevelt and elevation of harry truman to the presidency, the surrender of germany, the founding of the united nations, the potsdam conference, the use of the atomic bomb, and the ultimate surrender of japan. This exhibition included both the german surrender documents and japanese emperor hirohito's surrender rescript (on temporary loan from the national archives and records administration. ) "moving mountains: the panama canal, presidential power and the dawn of the american century. " to mark the centennial anniversary of the panama canal's completion, the truman library institute created and launched an original exhibition highlighting u. S. Presidential influences and decisions that ultimately made the isthmian passageway's massive construction project possible. This exhibition is on display at the truman forum, located within the plaza branch of the kansas city public library. It first opened to the public on august 14, 2014 and continued its run throughout 2015. Viewership is estimated, at a minimum, of 1,500 people per month. The truman library institute provides ongoing financial support for the harry s. Truman library's permanent museum exhibitions:"harry s. Truman: the presidential years" - the major issues and events of harry truman's presidency are highlighted in this 10,500 square-foot exhbiition gallery. Featuring two multi-media decision theaters, enhanced audio and video programs, and dozens of interactive elements designed for the entire family, this exhibition forms the centerpiece of the truman library's world-acclaimed museum. "harry s. Truman: his life and times" - the life of harry truman is explored in this 4,500 square-foot exhibition gallery and follows truman's life from his early years in school to his later experiences as an entrepreneur, a farmer, a world war i soldier, and a haberdasher. It also chronicles his political career as a county judge, u. S. Senator, vice president and president. Truman's post presidential years and his close family ties are also explored. The exhibition features four discovery areas and an interactive quiz where children can participate in engaging activities tied to the life of harry truman. "truman working office" - from the time the truman library and museum opened in 1957, harry truman maintained an office within the library, often working five to six days a week writing his memoirs, articles, letters and meeting with dignitaries and celebrities. Following mr. Truman's death in 1972, the office became an exhibit that could be viewed by the public. During 2008-2009, the exhibit underwent a $1. 4 million renovation with funds raised by the truman library institute. The renovation included construction of a new pavilion, adjacent to the office, built to house state-of-the-art video and interactive stations and photographic wall panels explaining the office's rich history and contents. The harry s. Truman library & musuem consistently receives outstanding reviews from visitors via trip advisor and has been designated "america's best presidential library" by noted presidential library expert benjamin hufbauer. Total visitation for the fy15 period was 78,626 (a 10. 4% increase from the previous year).
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