Truman Presidential Library and Museum 39.1034° N -94.4213° W

Description

The Truman Library is one of fourteen Presidential libraries operated by the Federal government. We are currently closed due to a museum renovation but we do have a large offering of online materials and activities.


Lunch Notes

We have no restaurant on site, but have picnic tables and grassy areas outside. We are also close to many fast food restaurants.

Bathroom Notes

We have two sets of bathrooms. One on each level of the building

Info

500 West US Highway 24
Independence, MO 64050

+1 816-268-8200

truman.reference@nara.gov

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Subjects
History, 20th Century, Primary Sources, The Civil Rights Movement, World War I & Ii, Modern History, Social Studies, Leadership, Government & Civics, Research, Theater, Visual Arts, Media/Film, African American History, Team Building, Cte
Activities
Field Trip, Digital Resource, School Based Program, Virtual Field Trip, Internship, Professional Development, Live Virtual Event, Family Programs, Career Talk
Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary, Adult
Cost
Scholarships Available, Free Programs
Accommodations

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

White House Decision Center

The White House Decision Center is a unique venue for experiential and collaborative learning. Set in a recreated West Wing, The White House Decision Center challenges students to step into the roles of President Truman and his advisors to tackle some of the greatest challenges ever faced by a world leader. The White House Decision Center is designed to complement a rigorous course of study and to meet national standards for grades 6-12.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, the civil rights movement, social studies, primary sources, leadership

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, postsecondary, adult
Capacity
70 stu., 1 chap. per 20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
240 min.

School tours

When we reopen these tours will be available.

School group visits are arranged for groups of 15 or more students in grades four and up. We encourage guided tours for students which are led by a trained docent but non-guided tours are also a possibility.

Please allow 1 ¼ hours for the tour with an extra 45 minutes if you plan to see the Guggenheim documentary of President Truman. The student admission rate is $2 each and we provide complimentary admission for one adult with every ten students.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, primary sources

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
100 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.

Digital Resource

Three Branches of Government

Our federal government has three parts. They are the Executive, (President and about 5,000,000 workers) Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives) and Judicial (Supreme Court and lower Courts). This online activity explores all three in a fun and engaging way.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, government & civics, primary sources

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
100 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
120 min.

Presidential Inquiries

Historians practice their craft by asking questions about the past, then search for evidence to construct the best answer possible. Similarly we learn history best by asking questions about the past, going to the original sources of history and evaluating what they tell us. The lessons included on this site do just that. They pose a question connected to Truman’s time as president then direct the learner to carefully consider what the evidence reveals.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, the civil rights movement, world war i & ii, primary sources

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
60 min.

Teacher Lesson Plans

More than 400 lesson plans created by teachers who have attended classes, seminars and conferences at the Truman Library. Most use primary sources and very user friendly.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, the civil rights movement, modern history, world war i & ii, primary sources

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
45 min.

Truman Library Digital Document Sets

Online documents from the Truman Library arranged by topic. More than 50,000 primary sources for teachers and students to use in their classrooms.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, social studies, primary sources, research

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, postsecondary, adult
Capacity
100 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
60 min.

School Based Program

National History Day in Missouri (Greater Kansas City contest)

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation's capital in June.

An independent study from 2011 found that participation in the National History Day Contest benefits students far beyond the competition. National History Day not only transports classrooms back in time during the school year, it transforms young minds forever.

Subjects Covered

history, theater, visual arts, media/film, primary sources, research

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
60 min.