The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation, Inc.
Is a not for profit 501 C 3 direct support organization.
Our mission is to aid in the preservation and protection of
this historic site, further its educational mission and
expand the collections and archives. As with
most historic places, ticket sales and gift shop revenues
alone can not fully meet all the financial needs and
Preservation: The building requires constant
care. Located in the tropical weather Conditions of Key
West, Florida, up to 65,000 visitors annually tour the
little White House. Interior carpeting and painting must be
continuously renewed to keep our presidential look.
Restoration and preservation is ongoing and like all old
wooden houses, it is high maintenance. The frame structure
is subject to hurricanes, high humidity and termite damage.
Planning & Research: In 1991, the Little White
House was restored and opened as a museum at a cost of
nearly $1 million. Now it is time to continue with the next
stage of Redevelopment and preservation based upon our
continuing research. Additional improvements in
wallcoverings, fabrics, and textures guarantee the
replication of the house as it was used by President Truman.
A number of these projects are beyond our limited resources
and we need your support.
Protection: A majority of our tin roof dates
to 1911 and must be constantly checked for leaks and the
exterior surfaces painted to protect against weather
intrusion. The furnishings (of which nearly 90% were used by
Truman), artifacts and photo document collections must be
carefully stored and protected from moisture, temperature
variations and pests. Monitored fire and security systems
safeguard the building and furnishing.
Educational Outreach: Numerous school children
from across the nation visit this nationally important
historic site. New curriculum-based tours are being
developed to meet Sunshine State and National education
standards. Each year a Truman Legacy Symposium is held to
examine the continuing legacy of President Trumanís
administration. Details can be found at our website link:
http://www.Trumansymposium.com. Internships with the
Florida Keys community College and Florida Atlantic State
University provide hands-on experience in historic
preservation, conservation and museum operations.
Collections Expansion: All objects in the
Little White House are donated to and owned by the State of
Florida. New acquisitions of both personal and political
nature are always desired and new exhibits are always a
delight. Part of the Foundationís funds are used to add to
the photo and documents pertaining to Harry Trumanís visits
and the decisions of world importance he made here in Key
You can help at a number of levels as your interest or means
Annual Membership: Your membership allows you
free admission to the museum and a standing invitation to
preview special exhibits. A quarterly newsletter will soon
be offered at this website.
Designated Projects: A number of individual
projects are available and can be your special gift to the
Little White House. A room of new carpet, new draperies or a
place setting of USS Williamsburg china might be your
lasting gift. Please watch our newsletter or ask the
Object Gifts: Do you have campaign buttons,
books, letters or items from Presidents Truman, Eisenhower,
or Kennedy that youíd like to see preserved ? We are
constantly seeking items, especially those directly tied to
the Key West visits, of these presidents.
A presidential Christmas card you own could end up being
displayed each Christmas at the Little White House. All
donations become property of the State of Florida . We can
also arrange a long-term loan of personal Truman items for
display here, but still owned by you.
Permanent Fund: An endowment fund is being
created to provide a permanent source of funding for the
Little White House. Gifts may commemorate a birth, special
anniversary or death of a loved one. Only interest from this
fund will be used and the principal allowed to grow and
continue supporting the Little White House for years to