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May Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

Marlin Fitzwater exhibit opening invite

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House Exhibit Opening

Friday, May 12 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Library Lobby & Courtyard


Join us Friday, May 12, for a reception celebrating the opening of “Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House” at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. RSVP by email or call 785-263-6771.

Marlin Fitzwater, the only press secretary appointed by two presidents, returns to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas, for this extraordinary exhibit highlighting correspondence, photos and official government documents from some of the most important moments in modern history. Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House will be on display from May to August and will feature items from his distinguished career as Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Mamie Hostess in Chief

Mamie Eisenhower: Hostess in Chief, Mother’s Day Tea with Ellie Carlson

Saturday, May 13 | 11:00 a.m. | Library Courtyard


Mamie was America’s Beloved First Lady from 1953 until 1961. She was also an Army Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She even inspired her own color, Mamie Pink! Visit with Mamie as she relates her life as Ike’s wife, our first lady and “just a good friend,” which is how she most wanted to be remembered.

Reservations are required for this luncheon. Tickets are $15 each. Make checks payable to the Eisenhower Foundation and send to PO Box 295, Abilene, KS 67410. Or purchase tickets online.

World War I Ration Poster

100 Years Ago on the Homefront: How American Families Faced the War to End all Wars, by Ellie Carlson

Monday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


What were those at home doing when our “boys” were "over there?" America reluctantly entered the Great War in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread.

Ellie Carlson returns with a program that will transport the audience to 1917 with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era. If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront.

Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency, by Paul Brandus
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series

Friday, May 19 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series and book signing. History leaps off the page in this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly entertaining” book on the presidency and White House in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room since 2008, Brandus—the most followed White House journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves together stories of the presidents, their families, the events of their time—and an oft-ignored major character, the White House itself. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by email or call 785-263-6771. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated.

Under This Roof book cover
Soldier Salute

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29 | 9:35 a.m. | Flagstaff near Pylons


Join the local chapters of the VFW and American Legion in remembering those who gave their lives while serving in our country's armed forces. This special ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum at the flagstaff near the Pylons on the east end of the campus.

Unless noted, 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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