Posted on: April 25, 2017

New Exhibits Celebrate Historic Anniversaries

World War 1 Exhibit

New Exhibits Celebrate Historic Anniversaries

Your thoughtful donations to the Eisenhower Foundation are used, in part, to fund special exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. Recently, the Museum staff created two new temporary exhibits that celebrate historic anniversaries of national and international significance. 

Eisenhower and The Great War

In 1914, war erupted in Europe and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War, as it became known, shocked the world with its massive scope and advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917.

Eisenhower and The Great War tells the story of Lieutenant Eisenhower who was tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new, untested art of armored warfare. He quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming obstacles and setbacks.

“We are pleased to open this exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. Our goal was to tie together the actions around the world connected to U.S. involvement and more specifically where Eisenhower was during 1914-1918. Ike’s training during World War I clearly set the stage for his role during World War II," states Tim Rives, acting director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

The Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

In 1867, Joseph McCoy established Abilene, Kansas, as a rail shipping hub connecting Texas cattle with eastern markets. During the next four years, nearly two million cattle were driven up the Chisholm Trail to the stockyards in Abilene. Visit the Museum during the next year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Learn about “The Wheat King of Kansas,” the “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of Jesse Chisholm, “Bear River” Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others.

Growing up at the end of the Chisholm Trail — the subject of many poems, songs, novels, and movies — Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western. Join us to learn about the Cowtown that raised a President.

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