Archive for May, 2012

10th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium: Truman and Foreign Aid

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

On May 18 and 19, the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation and the Harry S. Truman Library will host its 10th annual Truman Legacy Symposium. This year’s topic will be Truman and Foreign Aid. The event starts with a reception at the Harry S. Truman Little White House on Friday, May 18th at 6 pm with guest speaker former Florida Governor and United States Senator Bob Graham. The symposium opens on Saturday, May 19 at the Marriott Beachside Resort with Keynote Speaker Tom Zeiler of the University of Colorado with his topic, Genesis of a Foreign Aid Revolution. The symposium will also feature notable academics and writers discussing the President Truman’s foreign aid policy and the Marshall Plan following World War II.

Admission to the Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium is $125 and includes admission to all events, the opening night reception, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased through the Harry S. Truman Little White House or on For more information, please contact Bob Wolz, Executive Director or visit

VE Day

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

It was on this day in 1945 Harry S. Truman announced to the American public that Germany had surrendered signalling the beginning of the end of World War II and is known as VE Day. Ironically it was also the president’s 61st birthday. It would take until August 14 before Japan officially surrendered ending World War II. The war had claimed 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians during 1939 and 1945.