Harry S. Truman 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!

 

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.

Harry S. Truman 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!

The Little White House in 1890

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…

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.

100 Years of Girl Scouting in the USA

August 21st, 2012

With help from the Key West Garden Club and Fran Ford, local Girl Scouts from the Lower Keys planted a pigeon plum tree at the Truman Little White House in celebration of 100 years of girl scouting in the USA. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc. is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves more than 20,000 girls and 3,600 adult volunteers in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and maintains five campsites each offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (305) 253-4841 or visit www.girlscoutsfl.org.

Presidential Fishing in Paradise

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!

VE Day

May 8th, 2012

It was on this day in 1945 Harry S. Truman announced to the American public that Germany had surrendered signalling the beginning of the end of World War II and is known as VE Day. Ironically it was also the president’s 61st birthday. It would take until August 14 before Japan officially surrendered ending World War II. The war had claimed 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians during 1939 and 1945.

July 26

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Betty Ford

July 11th, 2011

Betty and Gerald Ford

Betty Ford, the outspoken and much admired wife of President Gerald Ford died this past weekend in Palm Springs, California. She was 93. As First Lady (from 1974 to 1977), Ford battled breast cancer, overcame addiction, and helped found one of the best known rehabilitation centers in the United States, The Betty Ford Center. For her work in this field, she was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded by George H.W. Bush in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

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