Happy Birthday Calvin Coolidge!

July 4th, 2015

Calvin Coolidge:

Born on July 4, 1872. If still alive today he would be 143 years old!

Presidential Term: 1923-1929

Fun Facts:

-Coolidge’s term was marked by economic prosperity. However, he ignored signs that the stock market was likely to collapse.

-Coolidge was known as “Silent Cal.” Once a reporter said to him, “I bet my editor I could get more than two words out of you.” Coolidge replied: “You lose.”


Truman’s “Ten Year Plan”

February 25th, 2014
Madonna of the Trail Memorial, supported by Harry Truman

Madonna of the Trail Memorial, supported by Harry 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.



Harry Truman and George Patton?

February 15th, 2014
A 1945 photograph of Truman, Patton, and Eisenhower together!

A 1945 photograph of Truman, Patton, and Eisenhower together!

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!

Truman’s Strong Language Saves the Day!

February 5th, 2014

Harry Truman in France, WWI

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!



Harry Before WWI

January 25th, 2014
Harry S. Truman at Fort Sill

Harry S. Truman at Fort Sill


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 Eyesight and the Missouri National Guard

January 15th, 2014
A Young Harry Truman in the Missouri National Guard

A Young Harry Truman in the Missouri National Guard


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!

Harry “S.” Truman

January 5th, 2014
Harry "S." Truman

Harry “S.” Truman


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.




A Presidential Log

December 12th, 2012

President Truman Hard at Work in the Little White House

Did you know that the eleven trips of President Harry S. Truman to Key West were recorded in official trip logs? They were often regarded as just souvenirs for family and staff, but a more thorough reading reveals some aspects to the workings of President Truman while in Key West. There are many mentions of both political and military House Staff flying to KW to meet with Truman. However, the finer details of these meetings are currently considered classified information.

Are You Wild About Harry?

November 14th, 2012

Harry S. Truman Being Sworn in as President

Did you know that Harry S. Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President of the United States less than three months of being vice president? On April 12, 1945, Truman became President after the tragic, unexpected death of Roosevelt.

Harry in WWI

November 9th, 2012

Truman as a WWI American Solider

In 1917, World War I was in full swing and Truman joined the army like a million others his age! He served in France, leaving the army as a captain in May of 1919. Very soon after he married Elizabeth “Bess” Wallace! The Truman couple was born!