Archive for the ‘Little White House’ 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!


A Presidential Log

Wednesday, 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.

Harry S. Truman in WWI

Friday, 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!

The Little White House in 1890

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Quarters A & B

Did you know that what we call the Harry S. Truman Little White House was originally waterfront when it was built in 1890? It was constructed as a first officer’s quarters on the submarine base naval station. The wooden duplex was made up of Quarters A for the base commandant and Quarters B for the paymaster. However, in 1911, the home was converted into a single-family dwelling.

Decisions, Decisions…

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Harry S. Truman as President

As President, Harry S. Truman faced some of the most complex issues to ever face any world leader! These international decisions included the decision to drop the atomic bombs in Japan to end WWII, the task of helping to rebuild a bombed out Europe and Japan, and the tedious task of making changes in American foreign policy.

July 26

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on the Sacred Cow, the Air Force One of its day.

It would seem that July 26 is a rather important day in the presidency of Harry S. Truman. He signed two major pieces of legislation on that day, one in 1947 and one in 1948. Both continue to have impacts on our country today. (more…)

Truman & Hoover

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover worked on opposite sides of the political aisle, but were smart enough not to let that keep them apart. In Truman, Hoover saw a chance to re-enter the public service arena he so loved. In Hoover, Truman saw a brilliant and dedicated public servant who could help rebuild Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Together, they forged a partnership and close friendship that would endure for 20 years.

On Saturday, March 27, Margaret Hoover, President Hoover’s great-granddaughter, and Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson, will discuss the Hoover-Truman friendship, how it began, how it endured, what it meant to the men themselves, and what it brought to the nation and the world. They will be joined by Ms. Hoover’s husband, John Avlon, for a follow-up discussion on the current polarization in American politics.  The  dinner event will be held as a fundraiser for the Harry S. Truman Key West Foundation at the Marriott Beachside Resort.  Tickets are available by calling (305)294-9911.

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 !!!!

Harry’s Girls

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Harry’s Girls members Mary Haffenreffer and Marny Heinen inside the foyer of the Little White House with Clifton.

Harry’s Girls members Mary Haffenreffer and Marny Heinen inside the foyer of the Little White House with Clifton.

We are really lucky at the Harry S. Truman Little White House to have an auxiliary group called Harry’s Girls.  (more…)