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April Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

Chisholm Trail Symposium

Chisholm Trail Author Symposium & Exhibit Opening

Saturday, April 1 | 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. | Library & Museum


Join us for a special reception with light refreshments at 5 p.m. to celebrate the opening of our newest temporary exhibit, "Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that raised a President."

Spend the day immersed in Chisholm trail history at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. An author symposium begins at high noon on Saturday, April 1 in the Library building auditorium. The symposium concludes with the opening of the Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President exhibit.

A number of well-known authors and Chisholm Trail historians were selected to kick off the series of Chisholm Trail events set for this year marking the 150th anniversary. The event is held in partnership with the Dickinson County Heritage Center & Trails, Rails, and Tales.

Butterfly Project

NOT The Last Butterfly Film Screening & The Butterfly Project Program

Sunday, April 2 | 4:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


The Eisenhower Foundation, IKEducation, and the Arts Council of Dickinson County invite the public to be part of a global art-history program at the Visitor’s Center of the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum on April 2nd at 4:00 PM. This is a moving program for families and guests of all ages. Co-founder and director, Cheryl Rattner Price will also be on hand to discuss this artistic, educational activity that memorializes the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust, and honors the survivors.

The Butterfly Project program has become a global, unifying memorial that uses lessons of the Holocaust and the symbol of 
renewed life (a butterfly) to teach tolerance and to remember the past, act responsibly in the present and create a more peaceful future.

Buffalo Girls Film

Buffalo Girls, TALK Film

Sunday, April 9 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Talk about Literature in Kansas (TALK) is a series presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Abilene Public Library. The Best of the West theme celebrates the Chisholm Trail 150th and Dwight Eisenhower's love of western novels.

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Buffalo Girls, TALK Program

Monday, April 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Talk about Literature in Kansas (TALK) is a series presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Abilene Public Library. The Best of the West theme celebrates the Chisholm Trail 150th and Dwight Eisenhower's love of western novels.

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Buffalo Girls Book
Egg Roll

Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll

Saturday, April 15 | 1:00 p.m. | Campus Grounds


Abilene's own version of the White House Easter Egg Roll, this fun program will feature an outdoor egg hunt plus games and activities, and, of course, an egg roll! All activities are free from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and museum admission is free all day. The egg hunt begins at 1 p.m., when the siren sounds!

Chisholm Trail and Ike

Now on exhibit in the Museum Temporary Gallery, April 2017 to May 2018
Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the square meal, the 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!

All programs are free and open to the public thanks to your generous support.

The mission of the Eisenhower Foundation is to honor and champion the relevance today of the life and
leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.

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