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									Harry S. Truman Little White House
111 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040

                                         Calendar of Events
January, 2010: FDR in the Florida Keys Exhibit. The forgotten       May 14 - 15, 2010: Eighth Truman Legacy Symposium focuses
story of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s experiments in hydrotherapy for    on Truman’s Far East Legacy of Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the
polio in 1923,1924,1925 and 1926.                                   Two Chinas Jointly sponsored with the Truman Presidential Li-
                                                                    brary of Independence, Missouri.
January, 2010: Seasons Greetings from the White House contin-       Details at
ues until the end of the month. The Little White House collection
of presidential Christmas cards and gift prints.                    July 15 - Nov 15, 2010: I Like Ike, Too - A look at our 34th US
                                                                    president and his 1955-1956 stay at the Little White House.
February - March 31, 2010: With Love, Harry – A look at some
of the letters between Harry and Bess Truman.                       November 16, 2010 - January 10, 2011: – A Very Merry 1940’s
                                                                    Christmas. The Little White House decorated for the holidays
February, 2010 - Happy 125th Birthday, Bess Truman – A trib-        using our collection of 1940, and 1950s ornaments.
ute to the first lady on her 125th birthday. Details at www.Tru-                                                    December 19, 2010: Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation
                                                                    Members Only Christmas Party at the Little White House. Come
April 15 - July 15, 2010: Sixtieth Anniversary of Korean War        get in the spirit enjoy a bit of holiday cheer and see the house
Exhibit.                                                            decorated as it was in World War II.
                           Message From the Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                            New for 2010                                                  Proposed Key West
                                                                                                                                               Donor Recognition Pin                                                      Presidential Center
                   Celebrating 125
               Years of Harry S. Truman
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
   2009 has been an extraordinary year filled with memo-
ries. National and international observances were held in
honor of President Harry S. Truman’s 125th birthday an-
   The 2008 presidential election saw all candidates from
both the Democratic and Republican parties invoking
Harry Truman in their campaign speeches and promises.
   In February 2009, C-Span Cable News Network con-
cluded its latest poll by 64 presidential historians ranking
the presidents in terms of moral authority, human rights,
international relations, administrative skills, vision and                                                                                                                                                     The restoration of the Little White House is in its final stages, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                              our current exhibition space limits our ability to interpret the military
overall performance. Truman, for a second time, ranked                                                                                   New for 2010 , donors contributing $100 or more will receive our     history of Key West, its strategic role in the Cold War and the emer-
as our fifth greatest president.                                                                                                        Donor Recognition Pin suitable for wear on suit or blouse. This pin   gence of the modern presidency. The proposed Key West Presiden-
  Every day we at the Little White House have an oppor-                                                                                 combines our national colors with the inaugural eagle used in 1948      tial Center will provide opportunities for students of all ages to
tunity through our interpretative tours and exhibits to in-                                                                              created in antique gold. Please wear it proudly knowing you have      benefit from greatly expanded exhibits, an auditorum, classrooms
                                                                                                                                          helped protect and preserve a national treasure used by seven        and research facilities. The center will also house our offices and
troduce Harry Truman to a new audience. Perhaps more                                                                                               American presidents…The Little White House.                                        larger museum store.
importantly, we introduce the concept that one individual
can change the world for the better.
  Harry Truman was such an individual. His administra-                                                                                                                                            2009 Donors
tion changed American foreign policy forever through the
                                                                                                                                        Wellington Goddin                                Edward Rokita                                Robert & Linda Frechette
creation of the United Nations, the Truman Doctrine, the
                                                                                                                                        Edwin Goodpaster                                 Stanley & Karon Rzad                         Helen Harrison
creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the                                                                                 Jacqueline Grimm                                 William & Linda Schrufer                     Jan George Interiors
Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security                       Robert J. Wolz, Executive Director                          Phil & Ann Hansen                                Charles & Jacqueline Simon                   Daniel & Sheila Keary
Council.                                                                                                                                Robert Harra, Jr.                                Robert & Fran Silverman                      Raymond Frey
                                                                                               achieved the milestone of
   Through the use of five “Make no little plans. Make the biggest                                                                      Ann Henderson                                    Spottswood Management                        David Gilbertson
                                                                                               raising $1 million dollars
Executive Orders he ex-                                                                                                                 Ervin & Sandy Higgs                              Tommy Taylor                                 Charles Gilmore
panded basic human rights           plan you can think of, and spend the for the restoration of the                                     Paul Hilson                                      Steve & Anne Trogner                         Edith Gordon
                                                                                               house and gardens . For-                 Wayne & Carol Hilson                             Marilyn Vanderveen                           Eric Halpin & Lester Ogdahl
by desegregating the federal           rest of your life carrying it out.”                     mer Senator George Mc-                   Amanda Hobart                                    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3911           J. William Hickman
workforce and the U.S.
                                                                                               Govern attended the
Armed Forces . He gave                           -Harry S. Truman                              rededication of the house
                                                                                                                                        Robert Hoopes
                                                                                                                                        Dennis Howley
                                                                                                                                                                                         Edward & Lori Walters
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bert Whitt & Dennis Beaver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      William & Terese Memmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheldon & Deborah Mermelstein
hope to a new nation in the
                                                                                               on May 15. We are obvi-                  Dale Johnson                                     Teresa Riley Wilson                          Michael Miltko
immediate recognition of the state of Israel. He confirmed
                                                             ously very proud of these accomplishments and hope you                     Rene & Erma LaPierre                             Sue & Harold Winshall                        Joseph & Susan Moore
the supremacy of the civilian government over the military                                                                              Mark & Janice Lux                                Robert J Wolz                                Harry Ramsey
                                                             agree your investment has paid huge dividends. These ac-
by dismissing General Douglas MacArthur in Korea.                                                                                       Rudy Molinet                                                                                  Udo Reif
                                                             complishment were only possible through your generous
  He was the first to use the principle of working vacations                                                                            E.A. Jackson Morris                              $99 to $50                                   Margarette Russell
using the Little White House as the functioning White                                                                                   Roger Morse Builders                             Gilbert Angermenn                            Alan & Ann Simpson
                                                              We look forward to your continued membership and do-
House of America.                                                                                                                       Navy League, Key West Council                    Brian Behler                                 Thomas Tumola
                                                             nations in 2010.
  This year was the first time C-Span Cable News chose                                                                                  Eileen Nolte                                     Douglas Brattebo                             Esther Tupino
to broadcast our annual Truman Legacy Symposium fur-                                                                                    William Ogle & Lisa Vangilder                    James Bryan                                  Henry Woods
                                                             Thank you !                                                                Mary Lou Pfeiffer                                Prudence Churchill                           Sheldon & Judith Zabar
ther expanding our educational outreach to a national au-
dience.                                                                                                                                 Stephen & Francis Porter                         Wanda Coury
                                                             Robert Wolz, Executive Director                                            Mark Rinaldi                                     Ronald & Mary Demes
   Your foundation is only seven years old and we have
                                                             Key West Harry S Truman Foundation, Inc.
                                                                                        Message from the Executive Director   2   15   Presidents Still Use the Little White House
           Key West Harry S.                                                                                                            Happy Birthday, Mr. President
        Truman Donor Honor Roll                                                                                                       May 7th & 8th, 2009 were very important dates to observe
                                                                                                                                    at the Little White House as we celebrated the 125th anniver-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Robert Griffen, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               first engineer for
                                               2008 Donors                                                                          sary of Harry Truman’s birth. The weather made it perfect.
                                                                                                                                    Large throngs of well-wishers turned out and the program fo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Tuskegee Air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               men and Pilot
$150,000 to $100,000                     Allen Wimer & Robin Weiss               Nancy Ladd
Monroe County Tourist Development        Jason A. & Sharidon Wolz                Rene & Erma LaPierre                               cused on three special aspects of this incredible man’s life:              Hiram Mann who
Council                                                                          Ileen Matthews                                     human rights; the humanitarian mission of the Berlin Airlift               retired with the
                                         $999 to 500                             Joel Meisel                                        and the Marshall Plan; and on Truman’s recognition of Israel.              rank of Lieutenant
$50,000 to $20,000                       Campbell Cawood                         Monroe County Bar Association                      This event was jointly sponsored by the Little White House,                Colonel,      USAF
Historic Tours of America, Inc.          Michael & Maija Devine                  Gerald & Marina Mosher                             Congregation B’nai Zion, and Key West Post 3911 of the Vet-                were among the at-
                                         Roger & Marney Heinen                   Mary Lou Pfeiffer                                  erans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliaries.                                     tendees. Truman
$10,000 to $5,000                        Reef Mobile                             Tropical Shell & Gift                                 Eddie Jacobson, Truman’s business partner, was a leading                wrote five Execu-
Anonymous Donor                          Roger Morse Builders                    Suzanne Waggoner                                   force behind Truman’s recognition of Israel. Gloria Schuster-              tive Orders to ad-
Spottswood Companies                     Eugene & Judith Roberts                 Ronald Wilder                                      man, Eddie’s daughter, represented the Jacobson family and                 vance civil rights
                                         Edwin O. & Nancy Swift                  Robert J Wolz                                      shared stories of the friendship between Eddie and Harry.                  of all Americans.
$4,999 to $2500                                                                                                                       A group of Tuskegee Airman, forerunners of the civil rights                  Brigadier Gen-
Anonymous Donor                          $499 to $100                            $99 to $50                                         movement, attended.                                                        eral Walter Ludwig
                                         Warren Abbey                            Ronald Beck                                          Robert Hughes, a white instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen,               of the Federal Re-
$2499 to $1000                           William Budinger                        James Bryan                                                                                                                   public of Germany
Edith Amsterdam                          Class of 1998, Key West High School     Edith Gordon                                                                                                                  represented       his
Clifton Truman & Polly Daniel            Wanda Coury                             Robert Hoffman                                                                                                                government and
Edward B. Knight                         Jamie Curcio                            Rebecca Jetton                                                                                                                brought thanks for          Event’s guide for Truman’s 125th
Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West      William & Marilyn Dooley                Paula Lukeroth                                                                                                                Truman’s bold ini-                birthday celebration.
Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller                  David Francis                           Jonathan Pride                                                                                                                tiatives of both the Berlin Airlift that supplied food and fuel
Robert & Elena Spottswood                John & Berna French                     Ed Scales                                                                                                                     to Berlin from June 1948 until May 1949 and the larger Mar-
Tom & Jane Vetter                        Paul Hilson
                                                                                                                                                                                                               shall Plan that aided nearly all of Europe in the postwar years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Col. Gail Halvorsen also attended. He became known as
                                               2009 Donors                                                                                                                                                     the Berlin Candy Bomber as he was the first to drop candy
                                                                                                                                                                                                               bars to the children of Berlin.
$25,000 to $20,000                       Conch Color Newspaper                   Kip Larson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Truman was surely with us in spirit. President Truman is
Blue Island Irrigation                   Evan & Barbara Corns                    Barbara McConagha
                                                                                                                                                                                                               shown here with his 61st birthday cake. Our birthday cake
Glidden Paint and Coatings               Clifton Truman & Polly Daniel           Kate Miano
                                                                                                                                                                                                               served more than 300 guests.
Preferred Painting of the Florida Keys   Deborah A. Designs                      Al & Carol Metty                                                                          Federal Republic of Germany’s
                                         Sheldon Davidson & Susan Server         Reef Mobile                                                                              Brigadier General Walter Ludwig
$19,999 to $10,000                       Carl Gilly Landscaping                  Steven & Carol Sonstein                                                                  and Berlin Airlift hero, Col. Gail
Monroe County Tourist Development        Roger & Marney Heinen                   Cecil Vollmer                                                                              Hoversen, the famous WWII
                                                                                                                                         Mrs. Gloria Schusterman                 “Candy Bomber.”
Council                                  Edward B. Knight
                                         Alan & Ellen Levin                      $499 to $100
$9,999 to $5000                          Lee & Sandra McMannis                   David Barker
Spottswood Companies                     Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West     Bruce Baumann
Trophia Butterfly Foundation             Jean Olson                              Chris & Piper Belland
                                         Jimmy Olson                             Campbell Cawood
$4999 to $2500                           Gloria Schusterman                      David Clark
Anonymous Donor                          Toppino & Sons                          Congregation B’Nai Zion
John Buchanan                            Tom & Jane Vetter                       Francis Conroy
Gary’s Plumbing                          Tweed Charitable Trust                  Brian Donovan & William Kirkland
Jason A. & Sharidon Wolz                                                         George Ferandez & Sam Trophia
                                         $999 to $500                            John & Berna French
$2499 to $1000                           Tom Clements                            Frances & Benson Ford
Warren Abbey                             Michael & Maija Devine                  Phyllis Gagner
Edith Amsterdam                          Great Events Catering                   David & Lynn Kaufelt                                   WWII heros, the Tuskeegee Airmen, were America’s first African
Kitty Clements                           Linda & Fred Greenberg                  Lambada Democrats                                  American pilots. (L to R) Robert Hughes, Robert Griffen, and Hiram Mann.

                                                                               Key West Harry S. Truman Donor Honor Roll   14   3   Celebrating 125 Years of Harry S. Truman
                                             Exhibits on Display
                                                                                                                                                              Key West Harry S.
 Telling the President’s Story Through Exhibits                                                                                                            Truman Donor Honor Roll
                                                                                      The Little White House – From Com-                             The value of a state heritage landmark like the Little
  The Little White House has engaged in
a number of programs and exhibits to                                                  mandant’s House to the White House                         White House can not be measured in dollars and cents, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Levels and Benefits of Support
share the stories of the American presi-                                               Some of our photo archives of the Little                  in the lives we touch and the guiding principles we are able   $50 Donation
dency with our visitors and guests of all                                             White House as seen through the years.                     to impart to a new generation.                                 Donate $50 and
ages.                                                                                                                                            It is with the deepest humility that we, therefore, acknowl-   receive free ad-
   Some of our recent exhibits have in-                                               Harry Truman at 125 : From Farmboy                                                                                        mission for one
                                                                                                                                                 edge and thank you for your financial support. It is only
cluded :                                                                              to Statesman                                                                                                              full year.
                                                                                                                                                 through your significant investment that we are able to fill
                                                                                        A photo review of Truman’s life from                     our mission:                                                   $100 Donation
Presidents in Paradise                                                                rare baby photos in 1884 to his death in
                                                                                                                                                 1. To protect and preserve the                                 Donate $100 and
  The semi-permanent photo archive of                                                 1972.                                                                                                                     receive a special
vintage photographs of        Presidents                                                                                                            building and grounds of the state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                donor recogni-
Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft,                                                 Season’s Greeting From the White                             heritage landmark known as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tion pin plus free admission
Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover,                                                       House                                                        Harry S. Truman Little White                                for one full year.             $1,000 Donation
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Tru-        Michael Grunwald (left) with Ken Hechler,  A display of official presidential Christ-                  House.                                                                                     Donate $1,000 and receive
man, Dwight David Eisenhower, John F.        former Truman staffer who attends every mas cards and accompanying gift prints
                                                                                                                                                 2. To accumulate and disseminate                               $250 Donation                  two tickets to the Truman
Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and                                 symposium.                                         issued by the Presi-                                                                                                              Legacy Symposium Recep-
                                                                                                                                                    information about the American                              Donate $250 and receive the
William Jefferson Clinton in Key             “To accumulate and disseminate                                  dent of the United                     presidency with special empha-                              Buck Stops Here sign plus      tion and one full year free
West.                                                                                                        States, from Eisen-                    sis on President Harry Truman                               free admission for one full    admission.
                                             information about the American                                  hower       through
                                                                                                                                                    and the presidents, past and pres-
Every Four Years, the Presiden-                                                                              George W. Bush.                                                                                                                   $10,000 Donation
tial Electoral Process                     presidency with special emphasis on                                                                      ent, who have enjoyed the                                   $500 Donation                  Donate $10,000 and receive
                                                                                                         I’m Just Mild
                                                                                                                                                    Florida Keys and Key West.                                  Donate $500 and receive an     free use of the presidential
   An educational exhibit that ex-
plain the Electoral College and
                                               President Harry Truman and the                            About Harry
                                                                                                                                                 3. To interpret the continued use of                           autographed copy of the        dining room for a presiden-
                                                                                                                                                    the site for historic events and                            Legacy of the Little White     tial dinner and free tour for
featured a massive collection of          presidents, past and present, who have                            A thought- pro-
                                                                                                                                                    visits by world leaders in light of                         House and free admission       your guests.
campaign buttons for Barack                                                                              voking examination
Obama and John McCain as well enjoyed the Florida Keys and Key West.” of Truman political                                                           President Truman’s role as the                              for one year.
as sixteen third party candidates                                                                        cartoons that al-                          father of modern statesmanship.
who were running for President in 2008.                          lowed the viewer to examine how cartoons reflect public
                                                                 opinion or help create it.                                                                                                         2007 Donors
Upset: The 1948 Election                                                                                                                           $19,999 to $15,000                        Evan & Barbara Corns                     Campbell Cawood
   A display of 1948 campaign memorabilia from the Little FDR in the Florida Keys                                                                  Monroe County Tourist                     Edward B. Knight                         David Clark
White House collection. Rare items included Whistle-Stop           A recently discovered story of Franklin Roosevelt’s four                        Development Council                       Joel Meisel                              Tom & Kitty Clements
Train menus, a sterling silver whiskey jigger owned by Pres- years in the Florida Keys from 1923 to 1926 as he experi-                                                                       Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West      Community Foundation of Florida Keys
ident Truman, and a massive collection of buttons used by mented with hydrotherapy to cure his polio.                                              $14,999 to $10,000                        Radisson Hotel                           Michael and Maija Devine
the different candidates’ in the 1948 campaign.                                                                                                    Historic Tours of America, Inc.           Rosanne Spendley                         Ronald Grosnick
                                                                 A White House Christmas                                                           John D. Evans Foundation                  Fawnie Spottswood                        Stephanie Happ
                             1948 – The Year That Changed          A display of the official White House Christmas ornament                                                                  Jack & Terri Spottswood                  Paul Hilson
                             the World                           collection created by the White House Historical Association.                     $9,999 to $5,000                          Robert & Elena Spottswood                Joseph Liszka & Frank Romano
                               Events included recognition of                                                                                      Preferred Painting of the Florida Keys    Edwin O. & Nancy Swift                   Michael Schwartz
                             Israel, the Marshall Plan, the                                                                                                                                  Edward & Betty Toppino                   Tropical Shell & Gift, Inc.
                             Berlin Airlift, two of Truman’s                                                                                       $4,999 to $2,500                          Allan Wimer & Robin Weiss                Suzanne & Benjamin Waggoner
                                                                                                                                                   Anonymous Donor                                                                    Kathryn Walker
                             human rights executive orders,
                                                                                                                                                   Tweed Charitable Trust                    $999 to $500                             Jason & Sharidon Wolz
                             the re-election of President Tru-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Warren Abbey                             Robert Wolz
                             man and fun facts like the start of
                                                                                                                                                   $2,499 to $1,000                          Michael Bairstown
                             NASCAR, the invention of                                                                                              Edith Amsterdam                                                                    $99 to 50
                             Scrabble and the summer                                                                                               William Anderson                          $499 to $100                             Frederick Hoffman
                             Olympics in London.                                                                                                   Bayer Chemical Company                    Tim Blackwell                            Ed Scales
   Christine Todd Whitman                                            2009 panel of Presidential Scholars for the Truman Symposium.
                                                                                                                                                   Comfort Inn                               Robert Buszta
                                                                                                                  Exhibits on Display   4   13   Key West Harry S. Truman Donor Honor Roll
                              Celebrating 125 years of Harry S. Truman
                                            OUR MISSION
                                                                                                                                                  Our Outreach Continues
 The Key West Harry S Truman Foundation, Inc. exists for the purpose of protecting and preserving
                 the building and grounds of the state historic site known as the                                                                Through Special Programs
                   Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West, Florida.                                                         On a regional basis, a number of school children visit from
                                                                                                                                  the tri county area in the form of organized field trips.
  Our mission includes accumulating and disseminating information about the American presidency                                     Special programming is offered to the teachers, and instruc-
                                                                                                                                  tional games are included that help the children to focus on
                    with special emphasis on President Harry S. Truman and the                                                    what they are seeing as they tour through the house. Last
      American presidents, past and present, who have enjoyed the Florida Keys and Key West.                                      year we had nearly 5,000 elementary school children tour the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by: National Archives- Atlanta
           The Harry S. Truman Little White House is a living museum, not frozen in time.                                           For the adult audience the Key West Harry S. Truman Foun-
                                                                                                                                  dation has partnered with the Truman Presidential Library of
      While it is imperative to maintain focus on the most important use of the building during                                   Independence, Missouri to conduct a national educational
    President Truman's visits from 1946 to 1952, it is a site of continuing historic events and visits                            conference each year here in Key West.
               by world leaders and these too must be commemorated and recognized,                                                   World class scholars present original research thus broad-
         especially in light of President Truman's role as the father of modern statesmanship.                                    ening our knowledge of President Truman’s legacy.

                                                                                                                                  Recent topics have included:                                              Key West High senior Luis Gonzalez, Jr. won $200 from the National
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Archives for his essay on his grandfather becoming a US citizen.
                                                                                                                                  2007: Truman’s Environmental Legacy:                                     2008: Coming To America: Truman’s Immigration Legacy
                              NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                         From Los Alamos to the Everglades                                          We were honored that the National Archives Southeast Of-
                                                                                                                                     Keynote speakers included former Environmental Protec-                fice headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia hosted a county-wide
 Edwin O. Swift, Chairman                     Christopher Belland                               Evan Corns
      Key West, Florida                         Key West, Florida                 Key West, Florida / Cleveland, Ohio             tion Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman and                     school essay contest entitled “Becoming A Citizen”. Panelists
                                                                                                                                  Michael Grunwald, author of The Swamp.                                   explored Truman’s Plan that allowed Asian and Pacific Is-
  Robert J. Wolz, Director                     Mary Haffenreffer                            Thomas Vetter                                                                                                  landers to emigrate to the US as well as recent changes in im-
      Key West, Florida                  Key West, Florida / Rhode Island      Key West, Florida / Jefferson City, Missouri                                                                                migration laws aimed at easing African and Latino
                              NATIONAL ADVISORY COUCNCIL
                                                                                                                                           Presidents Still Use                                            This latest symposium held in May 2009 was entitled, The

      Edwin O. Swift                         Dr. Robert Watson                            George Born                                     The Little White House                                           President and the Congress: A Conflicted Legacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                             US Senate Historian Don Ritchie chaired this excellent con-
        Chairman                              Lynn University                           Brown University                                                                                                   ference that examined Presidents from Truman to Obama and
     Key West, Florida                       Boca Raton, Florida                     Providence, Rhode Island                                                                                              explored their successes and failures in dealing with the US
        David Ferro                         Melissa Kendrick                              Deanna Lloyd                                                                                                     Congress. This event was broadcast nationally by the C-Span
Florida Department of State                                                            Big Pine Key, Florida                                                                                               Cable News Network on June 13.
                                   Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society
    Tallahassee, Florida                      Key West, Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Please note that exhibits and symposia topics are always
    Dr. Michael Devine                        Dr. Diane Silvia                                                                                                                                             posted on our permanent websites:
     Truman Library                  Historic Florida Keys Foundation                                                                                                                            
   Independence, Missouri                     Key West, Florida                                                                                                                                            and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             These educational successes are paid for by your generous
    Robert Wolz is a non voting director of both the Board of Directors and the National Advisory Council.                                                                                                 contributions and memberships.

      The museum admissions and museum store provide an operating budget for the Little White House.                                                                                                                         Special Thank You...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spottwood Companies and Marriott Beachside for
                   This operating budget provides for all staff salaries, less than 3% of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            donation of the speakers guestrooms and use of the
                  Key West Harry S Truman Foundation’s income is used for administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            conference center.
                                                                                                                                      On December 27th, 2007 President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and
                                                                                                                                       family made a visit to the Harry S. Truman Little White House.       Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West provided free
The Harry S. Truman Little White House State Heritage Landmark is owned by the Internal Improvement Trust                           Shown above are Director Bob Wolz and Operations Manager Paul           transportation from the conference center to the Harry
 and the governor and cabinet of the state of Florida. No state or federal administrative funding is received.                      Hilson welcoming the presidential family. This is their second visit    S. Truman Little White House.
                Your gifts, grants, donations and membership pay for educational outreach,                                            to the house. They first came on January 31, 1996 for a family
                           preservation and restoration of the house and gardens.                                                                 gathering and New Year’s Eve dinner.

                                                                                       Directors and Advisory Council    12   5   The Outreach Continues Through Special Programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Environmental Work
                            The House Gets
                           Rededicated in 2009

                           Clifton Truman Daniel, the president’s eldest grandson, welcomes the audience on May 15
                    for the rededication of the Little White House and the opening of the Eighth Truman Legacy Symposium.
                                                                                                                                                            Becoming a Green Museum
Sixty years ago, the US Navy spent $100,000 to refurbish the
                                                                                                                                                      In May 2007, the fifth Truman Legacy Symposium was              Save Water
Little White House and to make it more suitable for the Pres-
                                                                                                                                                    held on Truman’s environmental legacy. Our companion               • Public restrooms were converted to low flow toilets thanks
ident and the guests he’d entertain here. In 1987, Pritam Singh
                                                                                                                                                    book released by Truman State University Press entitled The          to a grant from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. The
gave the Little White House to Governor Bob Graham and
                                                                                                                                                    Environmental Legacy of Harry S Truman argues that the be-           change from 5 gallons per flush to 1.6 gallons is enormous.
two years later committed almost $1 million to open the site
                                                                                                                                                    ginning of the environmental movement came under Presi-            • All sinks in the restroom and kitchen were converted to
as a museum . Since 2003, an additional $1 million was raised
                                                                                                                                                    dent Truman’s administration.                                        water saving faucets. The new irrigation system is state
by your foundation to restore the house to its 1949 appearance.
                                                                                                                                                      The Little White House is located in the sensitive ecosys-         of the art with better zones and timed control.
Your membership card allows you to visit as often as you
                                                                                                                                                    tem called the Florida Keys and we feel it our duty both to
choose for the whole year. Please take advantage of this ben-
                                                                                                                                                    society and to President Truman’s memory that we be as eco-       Redecoration
efit. Enjoy the Little White House and proudly show it to your
                                                                                                                                                    logically responsible as possible. To this effort we have made     • The paints donated by Glidden Paint and Coatings were
friends and family realizing your membership helped make it
                                                                                                                                                    the following improvements                                           low in volatile organic compound (VOC). Since we
possible. We are close to completing the restoration; please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         changed colors and shades our inventory of older paints
help us finish the last remaining projects by your continued                                                                                        Save Waste Paper                                                     was donated to local theaters for set design.
                                                                                                                                                     • Reuse office paper by using faxes and other office paper
                                                                                                                                                       on both sides.                                                 We still have several major initiatives for which we are
                                                                                                                                                     • Recycle office paper and cardboard through the use of spe-     seeking funding:
                                                                                                                                                       cial dumpsters.                                                 1. Our carpet has had more than a million visitors and is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          showing its 20 year age. It needs be replaced with a “green
                                                                                                                                                    Save Energy                                                           product” in the proper color scheme;
                                                                                                                                                     • The new HVAC system is energy star rated and our 5 units        2. We need to insulate the attic. We really need this as a high
                                                                                                                                                       use much less electricity than the 7 units manufactured in         priority for further energy savings;
                                                                                                                                                       1988.                                                           3. We need to collect water output from the air conditioning
                                                                                                                                                     • Our programmable thermostats raise the temperature                 and from rainwater and recycle it into the irrigation sys-
                                                                                                                                                       slightly at night.                                                 tem;
                                                                                                                                                     • All our lighting is converting to compact fluorescent bulbs.    4. We need to seek alternative means of electric and lighting.
                                                                                                                                                     • We have switched to a tankless hot water heater thanks to          The Bureau of Historic Preservation has given tentative
Board Chairman Edwin O. Swift      Bob Wolz, director, and Robert Watson                                                                               the generous donation from Gary’s Plumbing of Key West.            approval to solar electric alternatives both for our garden
      welcomes former                 of Lynn University greet former                                                                                • Susan Server donated a new washer and dryer to the house.          lighting and electric generation.
 Senator George McGovern.               Truman staffer Ken Hechler.
                                                                                                      The House Gets Rededicated in 2009   6   11   Environmental Work
                                                    Progress Report                                                                                                                                                     Harry’s Girls Auxiliary

  Restoring the Historic Gardens                                                                                                                                                                  The Next Generation
  In March 2008, Foundation board member Mary Haffenr-                                                                                                                     History often repeats itself. During the 1948 Campaign a
effer was volunteering at the Monroe County Public Library                                                                                                              corps of young ladies donned Harry Truman newsprint design
when she uncovered the remarkable story of Willard H.                                                                                                                   dresses and carrying Mason jars, collected much needed
Wells.                                                                                                                                                                  funds for Harry Truman’s re-election campaign. They were
  Mr. Willard Wells, a Key West native, was named the offi-                                                                                                             called Harry’s Girls and are featured in Democracy At Work:
cial gardener of the Key West Naval Station prior to World                                                                                                              The Official Report of the Democratic National Convention.
War I. A 1930s newspaper article related this story: Mr. Wells                                                                                                            In 2003 the need arose for a corps of goodwill ambassadors
combed the island for nuts, seeds and cuttings which he                                                                                                                 to meet scholars and presenters coming to the first annual
planted and carefully nurtured on the naval station. As these                                                                                                           Truman Legacy Symposium. A group of women volunteered
developed into a tropical paradise they attracted the attention                                                                                                         to serve as our hostesses for these very important guests.
of Navy men, civilian botanists and even governmental ex-                                                                                                               They chose the name Harry’s Girls as the name of their in-
                                           perimental      stations.                                                                                                    formal organization.
                                           David Fairchild of                                                                                                             Original members were Mary Haffenreffer, Kitty Clements,
                                           Fairchild Gardens in                          Committee reviewed a 1942 site plan                                            June Gerard, Deborah Mermelstein, and Barbara Mc-
                                           Miami, Florida.was one                      with Carl Gilley, our landscape designer.                                        Conagha. Each year in May or June they volunteer to greet
                                           of those who sent even met with master landscaper Carl Gilly to develop a master                                             our Symposium guests. On at least one occasion a husband
                                           more unusual and rare plan to return the gardens to their 1949 appearance. While                                             was drafted into service as well.
                                           specimens of plants the trees were intact the shrubs were all replaced with crotons,                                            In 2008, the group greatly expanded as did their role with
                                           from all over the world hibiscus and aralias. The Trophia Butterfly Foundation of                                            the Little White House. While their primary function has been
                                           which Mr. Wells added Key West awarded us a $5000 grant as seed money to repli-                                              hosting our Symposium scholars they have taken an active
                                           to his collection. More cate the gardens. Blue Island Irrigation and Lighting of Key                                         role in searching antique shops and the internet for missing
                                           than 2,786 trees and West donated an additional $20,000 toward a new irrigation                                              furnishings for the restoration. They have designated funding
                                           shrubs were planted on system. Edith Amsterdam of the Curry Mansion in Key West                                              for certain projects like the re-upholstery of living room
                                           the base. Many of these donated a number of Adirondack chairs that have been                                                 chairs, the framing of paintings and the restoration of the
                                           rare specimen trees re- arranged in conversational groupings around the lawn to the                                          1949 gardens.
                                           main around Truman delight of our many visitors and guests. More than $50,000                                                  Today they are known as Harry’s Girls and Auxiliary and,
                                           Annex.                       has been invested in these gardens and make a huge impact                                       as can be seen from the photo below, now include a number
                                             Site plans used by the     upon our visitor experience. Thank you, again, for your gen-                                    of men as well. All are dedicated to making the Little White
                                           US Navy from 1942, erosity. Still, a few projects remain to be completed: the vin-                                           House as presidential and welcoming as possible. Jane Vetter
    Blue Island installing new irrigation.
                                           1956, 1968 and 1989 tage photographs show brick bins around the largest trees on                                             is the current president.                                                        A 1948 photo of Harry’s Girls at the National Convention.
still exist in the Little White House archive. Comparing these the north lawn and a garden lighting plan is still needed and
plans of various dates allowed us to determine most of the yet to be developed. The anticipated expense of this lighting
large trees surrounding the Little White House date from Mr. system is $75,000.
Wells’s plantings. East Indian almond trees line
the west lawn, a number of Royal Poinciana,
mahogany and gumbo limbo trees as well as a
very rare Soapberry or Chinaberry tree are lo-
cated on the northern lawn and sapodilla, avo-
cado and the individually-registered Truman
Mango tree (a Van Dyke mango) are located on
the east lawns. Dozens of varieties of palms in-
cluding coconut, Washingtonian, thatch and
date palm intermingle through the gardens.
                                                                                                                                       Photo by: Betsy Dietz

  The original 1890 wrought iron fence was re-
paired with missing pieces recast at OK
Foundry in Richmond, Virginia.
  Representatives of your Foundation, Harry’s                                                                                                                             Harry’s Girls Auxiliary at the LWH, March 2009. From L to R: Bob Wolz, Jane Vetter, Edith Amsterdam, Kitty Clements, Mary Haffenreffer, Jimmy
Girls Auxiliary, and the Key West Garden Club               Trophia Butterfly Foundation presented a $5000 gift to launch the restoration.                                Olson, Marney Heinen, John Buchanan, Polly Daniel, Clifton Daniel, Barbara Corns, Prudence Churchill, Peter Bek-Gran, and Elena Spottswood.
                                                                                                                          Progress Report                      10   7   Harry’s Girls Auxiliary
                                                                                                                                            Circa 1950                                                      Present
                                                Progress Report

                       Restoring the House
Circa 1950                                                        Present

   History is a process of discovery and the internet allows     the Florida Keys applied all these coatings at a discounted
                                                                                                                                                The original artwork used                                                                 inated and a large donor was
                                                                                                                                             in the Little White House Our Mission, “To Protect and Preserve forced to withdraw on offer to
thousands of resources to be searched in relatively short        price and reduced the price even further through a $20,000
order. The Little White House opened as a museum in 1991         donation. Computer enhanced enlargements of vintage pho-
                                                                                                                                             were prints and paintings
based upon the best available resources of 1989. Beginning       tographs taken by the Navy during their 1949 remodeling for
                                                                                                                                             from the Beverly Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                              the building and grounds of the state re-carpet to purchase We need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the interior.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the car-
in 2003, The Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation re-ex-          the President brought a level of detail that had previously
amined every detail of the restoration. We had two advan-        been unavailable. The wallpaper design in the foyers was re-
                                                                                                                                             Collection and had been              heritage landmark known as the                          pet. The restoration of the
                                                                                                                                             loaned by the U.S. Naval                                                                     kitchen will cost an addi-
tages not available in 1989: the luxury of time and new          drawn from a photograph, new stencils cut and the original
                                                                                                                                             Academy in Annapolis, Harry S. Truman Little White House.” tional $40,000. Additional
scientific advances.                                             1949 wallpaper reprinted by Scalamandre of Long Island,
                                                                                                                                             Maryland . The originals are                                                                 furniture and objects are
   A professional paint analysis was conducted by Matthew        New York.
                                                                                                                                             irreplaceable so high resolution replicas were printed now needed to replicate the 1949 appearance. Other critical proj-
Mosca of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Mosca removed 150                A search on the internet allowed us to locate a sample of
                                                                                                                                             grace our walls today. Many of these improvements can be ects include insulation of the attic, capture and recirculation
samples that were examined under microscopes to identify         the original Waverly fabric used in the living room and dining
                                                                                                                                             seen in the photographs above.                              of rainwater for our irrigation system, and a new generator
every layer of paint since 1890. The scientific specifications   room. Two hundred yards of discontinued fabric was located
                                                                                                                                                The house is not complete! We still need your help . The to provide electric power critical for maintaining temperature
allowed Glidden Paint and Coatings of Cleveland, Ohio to         and new draperies, cornices, sofa and chairs reupholstered in
                                                                                                                                             economic meltdown of 2008 caused many grants to be elim- and humidity control during storms.
perfectly match color, shade and sheen. Preferred Painting of    the original patterns.
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