Archive for February, 2010

Truman & Hoover

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover worked on opposite sides of the political aisle, but were smart enough not to let that keep them apart. In Truman, Hoover saw a chance to re-enter the public service arena he so loved. In Hoover, Truman saw a brilliant and dedicated public servant who could help rebuild Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Together, they forged a partnership and close friendship that would endure for 20 years.

On Saturday, March 27, Margaret Hoover, President Hoover’s great-granddaughter, and Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson, will discuss the Hoover-Truman friendship, how it began, how it endured, what it meant to the men themselves, and what it brought to the nation and the world. They will be joined by Ms. Hoover’s husband, John Avlon, for a follow-up discussion on the current polarization in American politics.  The  dinner event will be held as a fundraiser for the Harry S. Truman Key West Foundation at the Marriott Beachside Resort.  Tickets are available by calling (305)294-9911.

Cake with Bess and Harry

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

We had a wonderful turnout for Bess Truman’s birthday celebration on Saturday, February 13.  Over 200 folks joined us for cake.  We even had Bess (the wonderful Debbie Rothstein) help us serve the cake and she brought along her husband Harry (Debbie’s husband Tom Lavender).  A good time was had by all and many thanks to the Tom and Debbie for making this a special day.

Bess Truman (Debbie Rothstein), Bob Wolz and Harry Truman (Tom Lavender)

Happy Birthday Mrs. Truman!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

In honor of the 125th birthday of Bess Truman, the Harry S. Truman Little White House will be serving birthday cake visitors to the house on Saturday, February 13, 2010.  Mrs. Truman was a frequent visitor to Key West, accompanying her husband during five of his visits to the Southernmost City.  Saturday, February 13 will also mark the debut of a new exhibit Bess Truman.

Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman was born on February 13, 1885 in Independence, MO. She first met Harry Truman in the first grade and married him on June 28, 1919.  Their only child, Margaret was born in 1924. In 1934, Truman was elected to the US Senate and in 1944, as Vice President of the United States.  Upon the death of President Roosevelt in 1945, Bess Truman became First Lady when her husband became the 33rdPresident of the United States.  An extremely private person, Mrs. Truman would spend much of her husband’s presidency in Missouri, returning to Washington only for the social season.

Bess Truman died in 1982 of congestive heart failure at the age of 97 and is the longest lived First Lady in US history.  Mrs. Truman is buried next to her husband at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri.

Harry & Bess Truman on their wedding day June 28, 1919.

Harry & Bess Truman on their wedding day June 28, 1919.