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By Phone: We will be happy to register you by phone at 305-294-9911.
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111 Front Street
Key West, Fl 33040
Early Registration: Come early and register at either of our participating hotels and explore Key West! The day is open for you to discover historic Key West. Our island is only 2 miles by 4 miles. We are famous for our night life, but we have 450 years of history as well…from pirates and indians to writers Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway to US Presidents from William Howard Taft to Bill Clinton. There is plenty of shopping, dining, water sports, tours and activities to keep you and your family busy. Our conference hotel, Beachside Resort, is one of Key West’s newest and finest resorts . Located just as you enter the island on US 1. We have arranged for the best accommodations at a very special price. Bringing the whole family? You can upgrade your king size accommodations to a suite. Luxury at its best!
Discounts: High school and currently registered college students under 25 years of age can receive a $50.00 scholarship discount off the $125 registration fee if they fax a copy of their student ID with their registration.
Our 2016 Symposium will be held March 11th & 12th: This years topic will be Harry’s War… The Legacy of the Korean War. Kathy Stevens, former
US Ambassador to Korea, will be the keynote presenter.
2015 – The Public Healthcare Legacy of Harry S. Truman:
2014 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on Truman’s Nuclear Legacy:
2013 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on National Security: our
Each year The Little White House hosts a two day symposium, which we call The Truman Legacy. This years 14th annual symposium will take place March 18-19th, 2016.
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Previous topics include:
2015 – The Public Healthcare Legacy of Harry S. Truman
2014 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on Truman’s Nuclear Legacy
2013 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on National Security
2012 – The Truman Legacy Symposium on Foreign Aid
2011 – The Civil Liberties Legacy of Harry S. Truman
Did you know that Harry Truman served as a presiding judge in the 1920s? Using his profession as judge, he aided in creating the “Ten Year Plan,” which coordinated public works projects for the Jackson County and Kansas City skyscrapers, roadways, court buildings, and monuments that served as tributes to America’s pioneer women.
In 1918, Truman gave General George S. Patton’s tank brigade military support during the conflicts in the Meuse-Argonne Allied offense. In fact, Patton and Truman’s forces fired some of the last shots in WWI towards German forces just before the armistice took place in November. Specifically, under Truman’s leadership, his battery never lost a single man! Incredible!
As a captain in one of America’s armies in France during WWI, Truman’s task entailed handling a division that was known for it’s disobedience problems. So when Germans attacked Truman’s division in the Vosges Mountains and Truman’s soldiers began to flee, Truman used incredibly strong language to encourage them to stay and fight. His men were so surprised and shocked by his language that they instantly rallied and began to fight once more!
As the only son in his family, Harry wasn’t conscripted for service in America’s troops for WWI. When Truman rejoined the Guard, his men elected Harry an officer and he became First Lieutenant of his battery. Before being sent to France, Truman helped run a camp canteen at Fort Sill, where he had been sent for training! Can you imagine our beloved Harry behind the counter working as a clerk? We sure can!
Harry S. Truman’s childhood dream was to join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but he was able to attain appointment because of his incredibly poor eyesight! Instead, he ended up enlisting in Missouri’s Army National Guard in 1905 and served until 1911 for a Kansan artillery battery. In a funny twist, at his induction he failed an eye test the first time, but then passed the second time by memorizing the eye chart!
Did you know that the middle initial of Harry Truman’s name doesn’t actually stand for anything? His parents gave him the “S” as a middle initial to honor his maternal and paternal grandfather’s names… “Shipp” and “Solomon.” In fact, giving children only an initial for a middle name was a common practice among those of strong Scots-Irish descent.