The Truman Library Institute has announced that its annual “Wild About Harry” gala, originally scheduled for April 23, has been rescheduled to Oct. 8 at the Muehlebach Tower/Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

General James Mattis, former secretary of defense, will receive the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.

The keynote speaker will be A.J. Baime, author of two books about President Truman, “The Accidental President” and “Four Months That Changed the World.”

The event usually fills the grand ballroom at the Muehlebach, and high-profile speakers come to share their views of the Truman story.

Last year’s Legacy of Leadership Award went to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who said actions Truman took in the years immediately after World War II – aid to rebuild Europe, the NATO alliance, pressing for free elections and reinvigorated democracies overseas – still shape the world today, adding that’s a legacy the country should not walk away from.

In 2018, the award was given to Truman biographer David McCullough, who delighted the crowd when he said, “Harry Truman had strength of character. Oh how we need that.”

The 2018 and 2019 events raised more than $500,000 for the institute.

The event has celebrated the 33rd president for the past 20 years and is the Truman Library Institute’s only fundraising event. The Institute sponsors research grants, scholarships, and museum exhibits pertaining to President Truman.

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