February 25th, 2014
Madonna of the Trail Memorial, supported by Harry Truman
Did you know that Harry Truman served as a presiding judge in the 1920s? Using his profession as judge, he aided in creating the “Ten Year Plan,” which coordinated public works projects for the Jackson County and Kansas City skyscrapers, roadways, court buildings, and monuments that served as tributes to America’s pioneer women.
February 15th, 2014
A 1945 photograph of Truman, Patton, and Eisenhower together!
In 1918, Truman gave General George S. Patton’s tank brigade military support during the conflicts in the Meuse-Argonne Allied offense. In fact, Patton and Truman’s forces fired some of the last shots in WWI towards German forces just before the armistice took place in November. Specifically, under Truman’s leadership, his battery never lost a single man! Incredible!
February 5th, 2014
Harry Truman in France, WWI
As a captain in one of America’s armies in France during WWI, Truman’s task entailed handling a division that was known for it’s disobedience problems. So when Germans attacked Truman’s division in the Vosges Mountains and Truman’s soldiers began to flee, Truman used incredibly strong language to encourage them to stay and fight. His men were so surprised and shocked by his language that they instantly rallied and began to fight once more!
January 25th, 2014
Harry S. Truman at Fort Sill
As the only son in his family, Harry wasn’t conscripted for service in America’s troops for WWI. When Truman rejoined the Guard, his men elected Harry an officer and he became First Lieutenant of his battery. Before being sent to France, Truman helped run a camp canteen at Fort Sill, where he had been sent for training! Can you imagine our beloved Harry behind the counter working as a clerk? We sure can!
January 15th, 2014
A Young Harry Truman in the Missouri National Guard
Harry S. Truman’s childhood dream was to join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but he was able to attain appointment because of his incredibly poor eyesight! Instead, he ended up enlisting in Missouri’s Army National Guard in 1905 and served until 1911 for a Kansan artillery battery. In a funny twist, at his induction he failed an eye test the first time, but then passed the second time by memorizing the eye chart!
January 5th, 2014
Harry “S.” Truman
Did you know that the middle initial of Harry Truman’s name doesn’t actually stand for anything? His parents gave him the “S” as a middle initial to honor his maternal and paternal grandfather’s names… “Shipp” and “Solomon.” In fact, giving children only an initial for a middle name was a common practice among those of strong Scots-Irish descent.
December 12th, 2012
President Truman Hard at Work in the Little White House
Did you know that the eleven trips of President Harry S. Truman to Key West were recorded in official trip logs? They were often regarded as just souvenirs for family and staff, but a more thorough reading reveals some aspects to the workings of President Truman while in Key West. There are many mentions of both political and military House Staff flying to KW to meet with Truman. However, the finer details of these meetings are currently considered classified information.
November 14th, 2012
Harry S. Truman Being Sworn in as President
Did you know that Harry S. Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President of the United States less than three months of being vice president? On April 12, 1945, Truman became President after the tragic, unexpected death of Roosevelt.
November 9th, 2012
Truman as a WWI American Solider
In 1917, World War I was in full swing and Truman joined the army like a million others his age! He served in France, leaving the army as a captain in May of 1919. Very soon after he married Elizabeth “Bess” Wallace! The Truman couple was born!
November 9th, 2012
Quarters A & B
Did you know that what we call the Harry S. Truman Little White House was originally waterfront when it was built in 1980? It was constructed as a first officer’s quarters on the submarine base naval station. The wooden duplex was made up of Quarters A for the base commandant and Quarters B for the paymaster. However, in 1911, the home was converted into a single-family dwelling.