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 14 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 state and national academic standards, and serve as the standard for our nation's presidential libraries. Total student/teacher participation during the 2016-2017 school year was 36,931 with an additional 32,040 participating in online programs. 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 settinga 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. 5,800 students and adults participated in the white house decision center during fy17 (88,000 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 thirteen years, our scholarship fund has allowed nearly 46,000 students from economically challenged school districts to visit and experience the truman library's education programs and exhibitions at minimal or no cost. During the 2016-2017 school year, 9,814 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 activities 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 2016-2017 school year, 10,911 students participated in the truman library's museum tour program. Truman footlocker - 4,761 students experienced this popular hands-on classroom resource filled with replicas of truman-related artifacts, primary documents and photographs. The footlocker 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 march 4, 2017, 500 students competed in this regional event. Thirteen students from our region advanced to the national finals and two placed first in their categories. 14th annual summer teacher conference - "the people behind the president. " 46 teachers from across the nation attended a week-long educators' conference at the truman library in july 2017. Curriculum materials based on the conference were developed for use in the classroom and posted on the truman library's website. To date, 398 lesson plans have been posted online. Reading like a historian - this is a museum-based, truman-focused and first-of-its-kind interactive educational experience for third-grade students. During the 2016-2017 school year, 1,244 third-graders from 19 independence elementary schools participated in the program. An ongoing extension of reading like a historian, geared to middle and high school students, is an in-classroom experience rather than a museum-based experience. Additional educational resources provided to teachers and students include curriculum guides, media lending library, classroom presentations, presidential trivia contest, educator workshops and open house. Grants and awards program 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 2017, the institute awarded twenty-three research grants, one john k. Hulston scholarship, and two disseration year fellowships. A total of $90,156 was expended this fiscal year on the grants and awards programdigital archives fy17 accomplishments: 2,334 photographs taken of 894 three-d collection objects. 3,075 paper-based collection objects were scanned. 1,146 political cartoons were inputted into the museum system (tms) database. 5,928 inventory entries also added to the tms database. Began digitization of archival special protected records (spr) collection. A total of 28 boxes equal to 17. 936 linear feet or 28,697 pages were processed with 10,446 spr pages photocopied to replace fragile file originals. Trumanlibrary. Org: supported with institute funding, this website continues to be a rich online archival resource for researchers, historians, authors, students and educators worldwide. During fy17, website sessions totaled 3,129,516 and website pageviews totaled 4,118,299. Trumanlibraryinstitute. Org: state-of-the-art and visually stunning, the institute's website was designed to complement the national archives and records administration's trumanlibrary. Org website. During fy17, website sessions totaled 62,930 and website pageviews totaled 117,008.
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. Combined program attendance for fiscal year 2017 totaled approximately 10,748 people (an increase of 20%). Additionally, tens of thousands of people were reached through webcasts, radio interview and television broadcasts. Social media initiatives saw a 5. 3% increase in e-news subscribers and a 49% increase in faceboook fans. New book series introduced in fiscal year 2017: "saving the white house: truman's extreme makeover" combined attendance for six programs was 2,337. Authors featured were paul brandus, kate anderson brower, clifton truman daniel, howard kittell, robert klara, and pete souza. Other signature and special events offered by the truman library institute during the fiscal year 2017 period included:november 6, 2016 - 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. Presenting partners were the city of independence, missouri and the independence pioneers chapter, national society daughters of the american revolution. Program attendance estimated at 250. November 12, 2016 - tenth annual howard & virginia bennett forum on the presidency with panelists douglas brinkley (presidential historian), jane mayer (staff writer for the new yorker), and david von drehle (time editor-at-large and presidential historian) discussing "presidential politics and the future of america's democracy. " program attendance estimated at 889. April 20, 2017 - 18th annual "wild about harry and the 2017 harry s. Truman legacy of leadership award. The focus of this year's event was president truman's civil rights legacy. The keynote speaker was writer and humorist calvin trillin who got his start as a journalist in the early 1960s covering the civil rights movement in the south. President truman's great-grandson wesley truman daniel jointly awarded the 2017 legacy of leadership award to civil rights icons u. S. Representatives james s. Clyburn and john lewis. Program attendance estimated at 774. May - august 2017 - "vets visit free" appreciation to our country's veterans for their service from all wars. 3,215 veterans were treated to free museum admission during the 2017 period (6,215 since the program was introduced in 2016).
see schedule oexhibitions:during fiscal year 2017 period, the truman library institute provided financial support for: "saving the white house: truman's extreme makeover" on display at the harry s. Truman library and museum from march 10, 2017 through december 31, 2017. In 1948, president harry truman, enjoying a bath on the white house's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the blue room into a tea party for the daughters of the american revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and declared it in imminent danger of collapse. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in u. S. History a $5. 7 million, 1,222-day, top-to-bottom renovation of the white house complex. This exhibition featured the work of white house photographer abbie rowe, a national park service photographer with unprecedented access to the white house and the presidency. His photographs of the truman renovation - before, during and after - form a unique and invaluable visual record of one of the nation's most important architectural and engineering challenges of the time. Museum visitors also experienced never-before-seen white house film footage, along with stunning artifacts from america's first "extreme makeover. "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. Total visitation for the fy17 period was 97,152 (a 9. 3% increase from the previous year).
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