On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation and The Society of Presidential Descendants will host six descendants of U.S. presidents who will take part in a moderated panel discussion at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, 111 Front St. An annual ticketed event that takes place before a live audience, the “Presidential Descendants Forum” is the largest such Presidents’ Day Weekend gathering in the country. 

The descendants will discuss “Political Maneuvering: The Powerful Influence of the Presidency.” Participants include James Carter, grandson of Jimmy Carter; Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman; Ulysses Grant Dietz, great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant; Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower; Massee McKinley, great-great grandson of Grover Cleveland; and Patricia Taft, great-granddaughter of William H. Taft.

Kurt Graham, director of Independence, Missouri’s Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, will serve as moderator.

The Harry S. Truman Little White House, where Truman spent 11 working vacations during his 1945-1953 administration, is Florida’s only presidential museum. 

Forum tickets are $40 each for foundation members and $60 for non-members. The discussion begins at 4:30 p.m., with doors and cash bar opening at 4 p.m. Following the forum, winners of the inaugural Monroe County student essay competition will be announced, after which attendees can mingle and enjoy cocktails on the lawn. 

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Ulysses Grant Dietz