KEY WEST (CBS4/AP) — The Conch Republic is home to a weekend symposium honoring the late Present Harry Truman.

Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has opened a weekend Truman Legacy Symposium, praising the late President Truman for supporting foreign aid and opposing American isolationism.

The conference has attracted political figures and scholars to discuss aspects of Truman’s 1945-1953 presidency, focusing on his foreign aid legacy. Events are centered at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, where Truman spent 11 working vacations. Events end Saturday.

Panelists include U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan of Missouri; Martin Palous, former Czech Republic ambassador to the U.S. and United Nations, and Truman grandson Clifton Truman Daniel.

The house also has hosted former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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