Archive for the ‘Key West’ Category

Truman’s Strong Language Saves the Day!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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! (more…)

Harry S. Truman Before WWI

Saturday, 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!


Presidential Fishing in Paradise

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Presidential Fishing in Key West

Map with Presidential Fishing Locations on Display at the Truman Little White House

Americans love fishing… in salt water, in fresh water. And American presidents are no exception to this pastime. Looking for more exotic fishing, presidents like Hoover and Carter traveled to the Florida Keys to get their fishing fix. Hoover visited Key Largo, soaking up some rays while casting his bait into the sea. Key Largo, received another presidential visit when Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought a respite in Tavernier from the hustle and bustle of Washington. One of the most famous visitors of Key West was Harry S. Truman. While he wasn’t the biggest fisherman, his wife, Bess, certainly was. Harry would bait her hook and sit back to read a book while his wife would pull in tropical fish. They greatly enjoyed their visit to the Dry Tortugas as well (no doubt, Bess did some major fishing there too!). Even the strict, military man “Ike” Eisenhower had some time to visit Key West to cast his line a couple of times into it’s beautiful waters. Marathon had its presidential visit when Jimmy Carter and his family visited the Hawk’s Cay Resort to interact with dolphins. George HW Bush traveled to Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada several times before and after his term in office to experience tropical fishing. Learn more about presidential fishing trips in the Keys at the Harry S. Truman Little White House!

President Kennedy’s HAWK Missiles

Monday, November 30th, 2009

MisslesOn October 14, 1962 Soviet missiles were discovered in Cuba just 90 miles south of Key West. Key West, due to its close proximity to Cuba, prepared for possible invasion. Large numbers of US troops gathered here to invade Cuba and defensive measures included HAWK missiles to shoot down Soviet planes and barb wire and machine gun emplacements along the beach to deter invasion by Cuban and Soviets troops to Key West. The US Navy blockaded Cuba instead. On October 27, the Soviets agreed to remove their missiles from Cuba and the United States agreed to withdraw our missiles from Turkey and war was averted.

Forty seven years ago, on November 26, 1962,  President Kennedy came to Key West to inspect the HAWK missiles sites shown above and to reassure Americans it was safe to vacation in Key West once more.

John Kennedy is one of the seven US presidents who have used the Little White House in Key West, Florida.

President Obama with His New Truman Little White House T-Shirt

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009


Photo courtesy of Kendrick Meeks

President Obama has heard about the Little White House. Congressman Kendrick Meeks was here a few weeks ago and purchased one of our presidential vacation shirts for the President. On board Air Force One , the Meeks presented our shirt to the president and the president’s smile says it all !!!!

Congressman Kendrick Meeks Visits the Little White House

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Kendrick meeks visits the Little White House

Kendrick meeks visits the Little White House

It’s only April and we have had our shares of VIP’s visiting.  This last weekend we hosted Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL).  (more…)

Clifton’s Visit to the Little White House

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Commanding officer of Naval Air Station Key West, Capt. Steven Holmes, with Clifton.

Commanding officer of Naval Air Station Key West, Capt. Steven Holmes, with Clifton.

We welcomed
Harry Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel back to the Little White House on Friday, March 13th.   Friends and supporters of the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation recently joined Clifton’s at a cocktail party celebrating the restoration progress of the building and grounds to their 1949 look when President Truman first made Key West his winter White House. (more…)

Paint Analysis and Sampling at the Little White House

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
A closer look at Matthew Mosca sampling the paint on the walls.

A closer look at Matthew Mosca sampling the paint on the walls.

If walls could talk, they would say we have a lot of layers of paint. Recently, world famous paint expert Matthew Mosca of Baltimore collected over 150 samples… (more…)