Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National & Intl. Affairs

Kansas City, MO   |  http://www.trumanlibraryinstitute.org

Mission

The Truman Library Institute’s mission is to bring the life and legacy of Harry S. Truman to bear on current and future generations through understanding of history, the presidency, domestic and foreign policy, and citizenship. In service to our mission we will: build the partnership between the Truman Library Institute and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library; expand and energize the community of donors, volunteers and scholars who support the Museum and Library through the Institute; preserve and broaden access among a wide range of audiences to the historical record of Harry S. Truman’s life, his presidency, and his example for American civic life; and, encourage relevant scholarship and educational projects.

Ruling year info

1959

Principal Officer

Mr. M. Alex Burden

Main address

5151 Troost Ave, Ste 300

Kansas City, MO 64110 USA

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EIN

43-6042632

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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STAY TRU Capital Campaign

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Truman’s presidency, the Truman Library Institute and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum participated in a comprehensive planning process to ensure future success. The current Truman exhibit is nearly 20 years old and requires renovations, enhanced content, and interactive technology to bring it into the 21st century. The resulting plan will guarantee future sustainability through increased visitation and audience engagement. To achieve this plan, we are pursuing a $25 million capital campaign with four priority areas: a museum renovation and new permanent Truman exhibition, enhanced education programs, expanded public programming, and increased endowment support. The Museum Master Plan includes a comprehensive educational strategy with accompanying exhibit features which will dramatically expand the Library’s ability to achieve the project goals and fulfill the President’s wishes for the Library.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Truman Library Institute is committed to helping America’s teachers prepare our youth for a lifetime of active and informed citizenship through its education programs. This is possible through the presentation of historically significant museum exhibitions and innovative educational programs, including the White House Decision Center, Museum Tours, Reading Like A Historian, Educational Outreach, Research Grants and Awards program, teacher in-service training and workshops, the Summer Teacher Institute, student internships, and the National History Day competition. Each of these help teachers expose their students to history lessons outside of their textbooks and beyond their classroom walls. Combined with The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program, these wonderful teaching tools can be made available to teachers and their students throughout Independence, Jackson County, and the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Truman Library Institute’s The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program connects schools, businesses and our Greater Kansas City community by inviting everyone to be stakeholders in the educational process.  As school districts' continue to slash budgets, teachers' abilities to expose their students to valuable learning opportunities outside of their classrooms has greatly diminished.  In response, the Institute created The ‘Bus Stops Here’ Field Trip Grant Program in order to provide the funding necessary to underwrites museum admission fees and program-related expenses so students may access exhibitions and educational programs, like the White House Decision Center, Museum tours and the Truman Footlocker program...all free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

October-December 2022, the Truman Library will host President George W. Bush’s exhibition, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.  Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11.Visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they make as civilians. Through these stories of resilience, Portraits of Courage honors our men and women in uniform, highlights family members and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and helps Americans support and empower our veterans to succeed. The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of special programs that will engage and honor active-duty and veteran service members

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

The Truman Library Institute and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum present an exciting array of collaborative programs and events, including lectures that feature distinguished authors, journalists and political heads-of-state, family-friendly programming, and annual signature events (Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency and Wild About Harry).  We seek to make a difference in how people - especially young people - feel about and become engaged in cultural experiences and citizenship activities by providing stimulating and thought-provoking public programs and forums. The Truman Library  Institute is committed to sharing the stories of Harry Truman, the American presidency and our nation's government to ensure that future generations will come to know his legacy and appreciate our American democracy,
 
Whether in a live audience or via cable television, radio broadcasts or internet streaming, these engaging programs reach tens of thousands of individuals each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Independence Chamber of Commerce 2019

American Alliance of Museums 2019

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2019

Financials

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Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National & Intl. Affairs

Board of directors
as of 3/21/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Clyde Wendel

Vice Chairman (Ret.), UMB Bank

Term: 2022 - 2022

Maureen Carroll

Executive Director, McMeel Family Foundation

Jeannine Strandjord

Chief Integration Officer (Retired), Sprint Corporation

Clifton Daniel

Author and Harry Truman's eldest grandson

Alex Burden

Executive Director, Truman Library Institute

David Von Drehle

Editor-at-Large, TIME Magazine

Susie Evans

Community Volunteer

Kay Martin

Community Volunteer

Adam Sachs

Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Timothy Triplett

General Counsel, Black & Veatch

Kurt Graham

Director, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Clyde Wendel

Vice Chairman (Retired), UMB Bank

Merilyn Berenbom

Community Volunteer

James Rine

President, Kansas City Region, UMB Bank

Meyer Sosland

Director of Operations & Executive Director, Sosland Publishing

Eileen Weir

Mayor, Independence, Missouri

Josh Earnest

Political Analyst, NBC News

Greg Gunderson

President, Park University

Lisa Hardwick

Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

Bridget McCandless

President and CEO, The Health Care Foundation of GKC

Leigh Nottberg

Chair, Leigh & Tyler Nottberg Family Foundation

Marny Sherman

Community Volunteer

Harvey Kaplan

Partner (Retired), Shook Hardy & Bacon

Paul Black

Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts

Charlotte Kemper Black

Director, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, Commerce Bank

Patrick Ottensmeyer

Chief Executive Officer, Kansas City Southern

Karen Pack

Community Volunteer

Jason Parker

Professor of History, Texas A&M University

Thomas Willard

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tower Properties

Dan Crumb

Chief Financial Officer, Kansas City Chiefs

Kari Frederickson

Professor of History, University of Alabama

Madeleine McDonough

Chairman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Chris Rosson

President & CEO, United Way of Greater Kansas City

Donald Scott

U.S. Army, Retired

Organizational demographics

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