Less than two months after General Dwight D. Eisenhower accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, he delivered a speech in his hometown. In that speech, General Eisenhower – the man who orchestrated the largest naval invasion in history and liberated Europe from the iron grasp of Adolph Hitler – declared, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”
The Holm family has recently issued a Challenge to the Eisenhower Foundation. Perhaps you have heard that we are preparing to launch a major effort to renovate the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. One of the new exhibits we are currently designing is called The Heart of America. This new exhibit will be dedicated to teaching the Midwestern values that transformed a young Kansas farm boy into one of the greatest leaders in American history.
The Eisenhower Foundation is happy to report that we have met the goal of $400,000 to help build this new exhibit! Our good friends, Tim and Brenda Holm of Abilene, have committed an additional $100,000, totaling $500,000. We thank those of you who donated to the Holm Family Five-Star Challenge for joining us in this historic campaign.
The Heart of America exhibit (pictured below) will tell the story of Ike’s childhood growing up in rural America, and how his early years instilled in him a strong commitment and determination to lead a purposeful life. Featured in this area of the Museum will be a replica of Ike’s modest bedroom that he shared with his brothers while interactive touch screens will provide access to documents and photos that tell the story of his formative years in Abilene, Kansas.