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  1. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would later become known, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.

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  2. Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 @ Museum Temporary Gallery

    Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tri-state celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that raised a President!

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Public Programs

  1. VFW Vigil

    October 13, 2017, 4:30 PM - October 14, 2017, 7:00 AM @ Place of Meditation

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  2. Eisenhower Legacy Gala

    October 14, 2017, All Day @ Library Courtyard

    The Eisenhower Legacy Gala is an annual event that honors and celebrates Dwight D. Eisenhower. This year, the Gala will be held on the 127th anniversary of Ike's birthday, October 14, 2017, in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard in Abilene, Kansas.

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  3. Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony

    October 14, 2017, 10:30 AM @ Place of Meditation

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  4. American Legion Pilgrimage

    October 14, 2017, 10:45 AM @ Eisenhower Statue between the Presidential Library and Museum

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