Happy Birthday William Henry Harrison!

February 9th, 2016

William Harrison:

Born on February 9, 1773. If still alive today he would be 243 years old!

Presidential Term: 1841

Fun Facts:

-Harrison delivered a marathon inaugural speech during which he caught a cold. He died a month later.

-Harrison was the first President to die in office and he served the briefest term.


Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium

February 8th, 2016

Our 2016 Symposium will be held March 11th & 12th: This years topic will be Harry’s War… The Legacy of the Korean War. Kathy Stevens, former
US Ambassador to Korea, will be the keynote presenter.

Past Symposiums:

2015 – The Public Healthcare Legacy of Harry S. Truman: our 13th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium where we examined the history of healthcare in the United States.

Topics of discussion included:
“Historical Perspectives on America’s Healthcare”
“The Current State of Healthcare in the U.S.”


2014 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on Truman’s Nuclear Legacy: our 12th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium where we will examine the most controversial decisions of Truman’s legacy.

Topics of discussion included:
“The Decision to Use the Bomb”
“Truman’s Atomic Energy Legacy”


2013 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on National Security: our 11th annual Truman Legacy Symposium on May 17 and 18, 2013.

Topics of discussion included:
“The Institutional Structure of the National Security Establishment”
“The Long Societal Reach of the National Security Establishment”


Locals Day

February 7th, 2016

Every first Sunday of the month is locals day- free admission for our Key West Resident’s at the Little White House!


Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

February 6th, 2016

Ronald Reagan:

Born on February 6, 1911. If still alive today he would be 105 years old!

Presidential Term: 1981-1989

Fun Facts:

-Reagan is credited with reviving national pride after the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s. He enjoyed great popularity, though his conservative policies were controversial.

-Reagan is the only President to survive after being wounded by a would-be assassin.


Ground Hog Day

February 2nd, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day!


The American Bombshells at the Little White House

February 1st, 2016

When: March 13th & 14th at 6:00PM
Where:  The Truman Little White House

If you were unable to attend the Tinsel and Tunes show, please come join us for another fun-filled night of entertainment and patriotism. Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding ticket sales!


Happy Birthday Franklin D. Roosevelt!

January 30th, 2016

Franklin Roosevelt:

Born on January 30, 1882. If still alive today he would be 134 years old!

Presidential Term: 1933-1945

Fun Facts:

-Roosevelt led the nation during the Great Depression of the 1930s and to victory in World War II (1941–1945). He also greatly expanded the size and role of the federal government through his New Deal social programs.

-Roosevelt is the only President elected four times.


Happy Birthday William McKinley!

January 29th, 2016

William McKinley:

Born on January 29th, 1843. If still alive today he would be 173 years old!

Presidential Term:1897-1901

Fun Facts:

-McKinley led the U.S. during the Spanish-American War. The U.S. won several important overseas colonies.

-Only moments after handing a girl his “lucky” red carnation, McKinley was assassinated.


Our Nation’s Past at the Little White House

January 25th, 2016

Step inside the place where presidents came to get away– where the world’s most powerful leaders found serenity and where the business of the United States was always in progress. For Harry S. Truman, this wooden two-story building was much more than a nice place to visit; it became his second home. Once inside you’ll begin to understand why. You’ll feel as if you’re an invited guest, coming to share a meal, listen to a great fishing story or hear about the important events impacting our country. The Little White House collection is largely the original furnishings used by Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman. Walk through the dining room where they enjoyed meals and visited with friends and family. Discover why John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colin Powell visited and why the Little White House became a working Presidential Office where new policies and the Department of Defense came into being. Visit one of our country’s most significant historical sites and Florida’s only Presidential Museum.

1809: The U.S. Navy builds an 8,700 square foot home on the waterfront to house the base commander and paymaster.

1918: Edison called the Little White House home while conducting experiments and developing over 41 weapons for the U.S. Navy during World War I.

1946: From 1946-1952, Harry S. Truman used the house for 175 days as both a retreat and functioning White House. It was while at the Little White House that President Truman enacted a Civil Rights Executive Order.

1961: Officially, Kennedy met with the British Prime Minister concerning Laos. Yet the Bay of Pigs occurred 23 days later, leaving speculation as to the summit’s true purpose.

1987: The state of Florida recognized the Little White House as a state historic site, guaranteeing permanent protection for Florida’s only Presidential Museum.

1996: Just as Truman did before them, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter enjoyed a family gathering amongst the lush tropical setting and hospitality of the Little White House.

2001: As U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell hosted peace talks between the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

2005: While visiting the island, Senator Hillary and former President Bill Clinton stayed at the Little White House for a relaxing weekend.

To Protect, Preserve and Educate

January 18th, 2016

A piece of American history.

Three American Presidents have addressed national and international issues at the Little White House. Harry S. Truman faced the rebuilding of Europe, the Palestine question, issues of Civil Rights and labor unrest, changes in foreign policy and our response to the Cold War. Dwight Eisenhower wrote his 1956 State of the Union Address, worked on farm legislation and the national budget while recovering from his heart attack. John Kennedy held a critical summit meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1961 just 23 days before the Bay of Pigs. William Howard Taft in 1912, Jimmy Carter in 1996 and 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2005 found it a peaceful retreat.


NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11:  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attends 72nd Annual Father Of The Year Awards at Grand Hyatt New York on June 11, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/FilmMagic)

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