Archive for April, 2010

Truman Legacy Symposium: China

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This year’s Truman Legacy Symposium: Harry S. Truman in East Asia: Japan, China and the Two Koreas, features many experts on East Asia. One of those is the esteemed professor of history, Dr.  . Xiao-Bing Li is professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is the author of A History of the Modern Chinese Army (2007), and Diplomacy Through Militancy (1993). Dr. Li has also edited or co-edited three books of collected memoirs, Voices from the Vietnam War: Stories from American, Asian, and Russian Veterans (forthcoming in 2010), Voices from the Korean War: Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers (2004), and Mao’s Generals Remember Korea (2001).

Professor Li is a presenter Truman Legacy Symposium: Harry S. Truman in East Asia: Japan, China and the Two Koreas, participating in the panel discussion, Truman and China. The 8th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium takes place at the Little White House Key West, FL May 14-15. For more information call 305/294-9911.

Symposium Presenters, Part 2

Monday, April 26th, 2010

With just two weeks until the 8th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium we wanted to continue to introduce you to the folks who will presenting on this year’s theme, The Legacy of Harry S. Truman in East Asia: Japan, China and the Two Koreas.

William Stueck

William Stueck is Distinguished Research Professor of History, University of Georgia. His books include The Korean War: An International History (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995) and Rethinking the Korean War (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2002).

Tickets are now available for the symposium by call us at 305-294-9911.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist Visits Little White House

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This last Friday (April 16) the Harry S. Truman Little White House hosted Florida Governor Charlie Crist. It was the governor’s first visit to the Little White House. The event was private but not without a notable figure or two including former Miami Dolphins Head Coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Don Shula.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Former Miami Dophins Head Coach Don Shula

8th Annual Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

James Matray

One of the things that makes the Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium so special are the amazing speakers that present at this event. We have had scholars, politicians, diplomats…experts in their fields and keen observers of history. This year is no exception. With this year’s event just a couple weeks away, we thought we would introduce you to the folks who be part of the the 8th annual Harry S. Truman Symposium The Legacy of Harry S. Truman in East Asia: Japan, China and the Two Koreas.

James I. Matray is professor of history at California State University, Chico. His books include Korea Divided: The Thirty-Eighth Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone (2005), Japan’s Emergence as a Global Power (2000), and, as editor, East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations Since 1784 (two volumes, 2002). Dr. Matray served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea in 1990.

Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of Truman becoming President

Monday, April 12th, 2010

On this day, April 12. 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, and Vice President Harry S Truman was sworn into office as our 33rd US President. Over the next eight years Truman would end World War II, alter forever our position as a world power and bring racial and religious equality to untold Americans.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

What a month it has been for presidential relatives.  On Thursday, we had a visit by Luci Baines Johnson, the younger daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.  Luci was visiting Key West with her husband, Ian Turpin and commented that both her father and President Truman shared the fact that they both came to the presidency due to death of the president, in this case Roosevelt and Kennedy. We were captivated by Luci all and hope that she will join us in February of 2011 for our fundraiser with the other presidential children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.  

She left a lovely note in our guest book, part of which we will share here:

The Truman’s and Johnson’s shared so much.  It was a real privilege to visit the home that game him (Truman) peace for President Truman gave us all peace.

(l-r) Ian Turpin, Paul Hilson, Luci Baines Johnson, Bob Wolz and Jane Vetter