Archive for January, 2016

Happy Birthday Franklin D. Roosevelt!

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Franklin Roosevelt:

Born on January 30, 1882. If still alive today he would be 134 years old!

Presidential Term: 1933-1945

Fun Facts:

-Roosevelt led the nation during the Great Depression of the 1930s and to victory in World War II (1941–1945). He also greatly expanded the size and role of the federal government through his New Deal social programs.

-Roosevelt is the only President elected four times.


Happy Birthday William McKinley!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

William McKinley:

Born on January 29th, 1843. If still alive today he would be 173 years old!

Presidential Term:1897-1901

Fun Facts:

-McKinley led the U.S. during the Spanish-American War. The U.S. won several important overseas colonies.

-Only moments after handing a girl his “lucky” red carnation, McKinley was assassinated.


Our Nation’s Past at the Little White House

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Step inside the place where presidents came to get away– where the world’s most powerful leaders found serenity and where the business of the United States was always in progress. For Harry S. Truman, this wooden two-story building was much more than a nice place to visit; it became his second home. Once inside you’ll begin to understand why. You’ll feel as if you’re an invited guest, coming to share a meal, listen to a great fishing story or hear about the important events impacting our country. The Little White House collection is largely the original furnishings used by Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman. Walk through the dining room where they enjoyed meals and visited with friends and family. Discover why John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colin Powell visited and why the Little White House became a working Presidential Office where new policies and the Department of Defense came into being. Visit one of our country’s most significant historical sites and Florida’s only Presidential Museum.

1809: The U.S. Navy builds an 8,700 square foot home on the waterfront to house the base commander and paymaster.

1918: Edison called the Little White House home while conducting experiments and developing over 41 weapons for the U.S. Navy during World War I.

1946: From 1946-1952, Harry S. Truman used the house for 175 days as both a retreat and functioning White House. It was while at the Little White House that President Truman enacted a Civil Rights Executive Order.

1961: Officially, Kennedy met with the British Prime Minister concerning Laos. Yet the Bay of Pigs occurred 23 days later, leaving speculation as to the summit’s true purpose.

1987: The state of Florida recognized the Little White House as a state historic site, guaranteeing permanent protection for Florida’s only Presidential Museum.

1996: Just as Truman did before them, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter enjoyed a family gathering amongst the lush tropical setting and hospitality of the Little White House.

2001: As U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell hosted peace talks between the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

2005: While visiting the island, Senator Hillary and former President Bill Clinton stayed at the Little White House for a relaxing weekend.

To Protect, Preserve and Educate

Monday, January 18th, 2016

A piece of American history.

Three American Presidents have addressed national and international issues at the Little White House. Harry S. Truman faced the rebuilding of Europe, the Palestine question, issues of Civil Rights and labor unrest, changes in foreign policy and our response to the Cold War. Dwight Eisenhower wrote his 1956 State of the Union Address, worked on farm legislation and the national budget while recovering from his heart attack. John Kennedy held a critical summit meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1961 just 23 days before the Bay of Pigs. William Howard Taft in 1912, Jimmy Carter in 1996 and 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2005 found it a peaceful retreat.


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The Harry S. Truman Foundation

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The Key West Harry S Truman Foundation, Inc. exists for the purpose of protecting and preserving the building and grounds of the state historic site known as the Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West, Florida.

Accumulating and disseminating information about the American presidency with special emphasis on President Harry S. Truman and the American presidents, past and present, who have enjoyed the Florida Keys and Key West.

The Harry S. Truman Little White House is a living museum not frozen in
time. While it is imperative to maintain focus on the most important use
of the building during President Truman’s visits from 1946 to 1952, it
is a site of continuing historic events and visits by world leaders and
these too must be commemorated and recognized especially in light of
President Truman’s role as the father of modern statesmanship.

The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, Inc. is our 501(c) 3 organization. It provides support for our educational programs, the protection and restoration of the site and governance for our operations.

Owned by the State of Florida, The Harry S. Truman Little White House receives no regular state or federal support. It sustains itself through admission fees, museum store purchases, private gifts and donations. Contributions from interested citizens are necessary for our operations and programs. Critical funds are needed now to complete the restoration to its 1949 Truman era appearance and to purchase and create the proposed Key West Presidential Center. To bring history to life, the Foundation depends on the monetary support of concerned citizens and business leaders. The site’s rich history is well documented, yet its future lies in the hands of Americans who care.


Happy Birthday Richard Nixon!

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Richard Nixon:

Born on January 9, 1913. If still alive today he would be 103 years old!

Presidential Term: 1969-1974

Fun Facts:

-During Nixon’s first term, he improved relations with the Soviet Union and China and wound down the Vietnam War. But the Watergate scandal forced Nixon to resign before Congress could impeach him.

-Nixon is the only U.S. President in history to resign his office.


Happy Birthday Millard Fillmore!

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Millard Fillmore:

Born on January 7, 1800. If still alive today he would be 216 years old!

Presidential Term: 1850-1853

Fun Facts:

-Fillmore approved the Compromise of 1850, allowing slavery in the South. But neither North nor South was happy with it, and Fillmore was blamed for the law’s failure.

-In 1856, Fillmore ran for President on the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party ticket.


Harry S. Truman Little White House Botanical Tour

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The Truman Little White House Botanical Gardens consist of nearly an acre of tropical foliage and trees surrounded by the original 1890 wrought iron fence. Visitors delight to discover many plants grown as houseplants in colder climates reach giant proportions in the frost free climate of Key West.

The botanical gardens are usually open from 7 am until 6 pm in conjunction with Truman Annex Gated Community. The botanical tour of the gardens that surround the building is self -guided and free.

The Little White House Museum Store is open 9am to 5pm daily.

The Little White House is a living museum, not frozen to a single historic event.

Occasionally, the Little White House is still used for government functions. We are given very short notice and we hope you will forgive us if we close for these functions.

As part of the on-going restoration, a master landscape plan is restoring the gardens to their 1949 appearance. Donations for this worthy cause are welcome through our foundation site.


Locals Day

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Happy first locals day of the year! Come on down to the Little White House- resident’s of Key West get a free tour!



Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Welcome 2016!