Archive for August, 2015

The Little White House

Monday, August 31st, 2015

What started as a Naval station soon became the spot where Harry Truman found his winter home. Due to already being on a protected base, it was a no brainer that Truman would be staying in the later named “Truman Annex”. The Little White House was not always the “little white house.” In the 1800s it was home to navy commanders who were stationed here to protect the port and fend off pirates.











Soon the Little White House was divided into a duplex- Quarters A and B. Naval commanders and even Thomas Edison lived in Quarters A for short periods of time. In 1957, the Little White House was restored to a single-dwelling. In 1946 was Harry Trumans first trip to the Little White House which soon became his vacation home with a total of 11 working vacations.












From 1988 to present The Little White House has been recognized as a historic site and is used as a museum to give visitors a inside look into Harry Truman’s life.


Happy Birthday Lyndon B. Johnson!

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Lyndon Johnson:

Born on August 27, 1908. If still alive today he would be 107 years old!

Presidential Term: 1963-1969

Fun Facts:

-Johnson passed sweeping antipoverty and civil rights programs. However, he also involved the U.S. in the unpopular Vietnam War. Antiwar protests caused him to drop a reelection bid.

-Johnson was sworn into office on an airplane after the Kennedy assassination.



The Truman Presidency

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Truman’s presidency was from April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953.

– In 1945 he signed the United Nations Charter

– In 1945 he dropped the atomic bomb to end World War II











– In 1947 he created the Truman Doctrine

– In 1947 he created the Marshall Plan

– In 1947 he dedicated Everglades National Park

– In 1948 he recognized the State of Israel

– In 194 he supported the Berlin Airlift

– In 1948 he desegregated the military

– In 1948 he proposed the Fair Deal

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– In 1949 he proposed Point Four Program

– In 1949 he created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

– In 1949 he waged the Korean War

– In 1951 he fired General Douglas MacArthur


Happy Birthday Benjamin Harrison!

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Benjamin Harrison:

Born on August 20, 1833. If still alive today he would be 182 years old!

Presidential Term: 1889-1893

Fun Facts:

-Harrison was caught between reformers who were fighting the spoils system and those who wanted to continue it, and was defeated after one term.

-Harrison’s grandfather was President William Henry Harrison.


Happy Birthday William “Bill” J. Clinton!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

William Clinton:

Born on August 19, 1946. He is 69 years old!

Presidential Term: 1993-2001

Fun Facts:

-Clinton achieved goals such as passage of the NAFTA trade agreement and cuts in the budget deficit. But his popularity was uneven and his second term was marred by scandal.

-When he was 16, Clinton met President Kennedy at the White House. The experience inspired his interest in politics.

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CASTmember Spotlight – Anne

Monday, August 17th, 2015

10 things you didn’t know about Anne:

1. She thinks the most interesting thing about Mr. Truman was his adaptability, and how he would continue to hold the same views until new information came in that would change it’s validity.

2. Her favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving.

3. She is from Pennsylvania.

4. Her favorite thing about Key West is the strong sense of community, and diversity.

5. Her favorite presidents are FDR, LBJ, Truman, Clinton, and Obama.

6. Her favorite TV show is Masterpiece Mystery.

7. Her favorite actor is Robert DeNiro (but her favorite eye candy is Benedict Cumberbatch)

8. She enjoys listening to the blues, big band, broadway, and british rock.

9. If she could be any historical figure, it would be Queen Elizabeth I.

10. If she could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Venice.

Hometown Pass

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Key West Residents that sign up for the Hometown Pass program will receive free admission to Harry Truman’s Little White House when accompanied by a guest who has purchased a FULL FARE ADULT TICKET.
***Tickets may not be purchase online and must be purchased from a Historic Tours of America attractions booth.***

Happy Birthday Herbert Hoover!

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Herbert Hoover:

Born on August 10, 1874. If still alive today he would be 141 years old!

Presidential Term: 1929-1933

Fun Facts:

-The stock market crashed a few months into Hoover’s term. The Great Depression that followed was widely and some say unfairly blamed on Hoover.

-Hoover organized relief efforts in Europe after both World Wars.



Happy Birthday Barack Hussein Obama!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Barack Obama:

Born on August 4, 1961. He is 54 years old!

Presidential Term: 2009- present

Fun Facts:

-Barack Obama gained national recognition after he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He served as the U.S. Senator for Illinois from 2005 to 2008.

-Barack Obama is the first African American president of the United States.


Locals Day

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Come visit your favorite president today for locals day! Free admittance to our attractions and tours every first Sunday of the month!