• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)

TwHP uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. Our lesson plan also utilizes materials from the Harry S Truman Presidential Library and information from leading biographers. More about TwHP...

Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan

Harry Truman and Independence, Missouri: "This is Where I Belong"


Teaching with Museum Collections

Teaching with Museum Collections introduces lesson plans for teachers to use museum collections in student-centered activities. This collection-based learning emphasizes the links between the “real things” and America’s history. Collections will connect students to their past, rich and varied cultures, momentous events, inspiring ideas, and the places where the nation’s history happened. More...

Teaching with Museum Collections Lesson Plans

Home to More Than a President (pdf - 387KB)

The Etiquette of Calling (pdf - 47KB)

The Many Hats of Harry S Truman (pdf - 49KB)



Did You Know?

Members of Congress during inauguration. Credit: Truman Library

Truman had little patience with self-proclaimed pundits. He wrote, “Senators and ex-Senators go to S[outh] A[merica], Germany, Japan, China, spend two or three days and know all about the countries and know all the answers. Guess I’m dumb.”