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What Would YOU Do!? White House Decision Center Event @ Truman Library

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Harry S. Truman Library and Museum- White House Decision Center

500 West U.S. Highway 24

Independence, MO 64050

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WHERE TO MEET: Children's Alliance Building (627 SW Topeka Blvd.) [Both drop off and pick up location]

WHEN: 7:00am (drop off) - 4:00pm (Pick Up)

-Lunch provided



The White House Decision Center is not a field trip—it’s experiential learning at its best. Inspired by President Truman’s legacy of leadership and developed by nationally recognized educators, our hands-on history lab is the standard-bearer for education programs at presidential libraries nationwide.

The White House Decision Center simulations immerse students in American history, government, the presidency and high-stakes decision making. Scenarios offered include:

  • Ending the War with Japan
  • Addressing Postwar Civil Rights in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reacting to the Soviet Blockade of Berlin
  • Responding to the Communist Invasion of South Korea
  • Addressing the End of the British Mandate in Palestine


It is May 1945. The United States and its allies defeated Hitler and Mussolini in Europe, but the war in the Pacific rages on. President Truman, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other key advisors are vigorously debating how to end the war with Japan quickly and with as few casualties as possible. Should the U.S. remove or maintain the unconditional surrender term? Is the blockade, a land invasion, or a combination of the two the best way to end the war? Should atomic weapons, a new tool in the U.S. military arsenal, be used? Gather your advisors and review the most recent intelligence. The fate of the world is yours to decide.

Welcome to The White House Decision Center, a unique venue for experiential and collaborative learning. Set in a recreated West Wing, The White House Decision Center challenges students to step into the roles of President Truman and his advisors to tackle some of the greatest challenges ever faced by a world leader.

Since it opened in 2002, The White House Decision Center has welcomed more than 75,000 students from across the nation. Our team of award-winning and nationally recognized educators is ready to help you create a profound educational experience for your students.




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500 West U.S. Highway 24

Independence, MO 64050

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