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June Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

Symphony at Sunset

Symphony at Sunset

Saturday, June 3 | 4:00 p.m. | Campus Grounds


Join us for a Friends Reception at the annual Symphony at Sunset D-Day Commemoration Concert. A light dinner will be provided for our Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation at 5:30 p.m. in our Library Courtyard (please use the East side entrance).


Activities including a pop-up museum begin at 4 p.m. with local band, Everyday Lights, starting the music at 5:30 p.m. The 1st Infantry Division Band performs at 7 p.m. and the Salina Symphony headlines the event at 8:30 p.m. A special Friends seating section will be set up in front of the Library steps.

Primarily Omaha Beach

IKEducation D-Day Program:
Primarily Omaha Beach

Tuesday, June 6 | 11:00 a.m. | Museum Temporary Gallery


It is said that the defeat of Nazi Germany was sealed on Omaha Beach. One hundred and sixty-thousand troops landed within 24 hours on a 50-mile front. Attendees are introduced to the overall objective of D-Day and how its story is preserved through primary sources. They then apply that knowledge through examination of documents and artifacts from Omaha Beach.

Our IKEducation programs are very popular with school groups, so we're offering our first summer programs in honor of D-Day. This one-hour program, Primarily Omaha Beach, is for adults and school-age children. The program is free with paid admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum.

Spy Kids: Code Talkers

IKEducation D-Day Program: Code Talkers

Tuesday, June 6 | 1:30 p.m. | Museum Temporary Gallery


All of the countries involved in World War II had top-secret military information that had to be hidden from their enemies. For this reason, numerous tactics were used to disguise messages. Participants will explore the Code Talkers, Native American men who served in the U.S. military and used their native languages to create codes that were never broken, even after the end of the war. 

Our IKEducation programs are very popular with school groups, so we're offering our first summer programs in honor of D-Day. This one-hour program, Code Talkers, is for adults and school-age children. The program is free with paid admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum.

TALK Series

TALK Program - Sod and Stubble

Monday, June 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


The Sod and Stubble program will be facilitated by Jim Hoy, noted Western America and Great Plains folklorist and author, who specializes in the history of the Flint Hills and cowboys. 

Talk about Literature in Kansas (TALK) is a series presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Abilene Public Library. This program is for every Kansan who loves to read and discuss good books. The Best of the West theme celebrates the Chisholm Trail 150th and Dwight Eisenhower's love of western novels.

The TALK series is free and open to the public. The books selected for discussion are available to check out from the Abilene Public Library or purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Gift Shop.

Soldier Salute

Army Wreath Laying Ceremony

Wednesday, June 14 | 10:00 a.m. | Place of Meditation


Join us to celebrate the Army's 242nd birthday. At 10 a.m., a procession will lead from the Presidential Library to the Place of Meditation where a special ceremony will be held. Afterwards, enjoy birthday cake in the Visitors Center Auditorium in honor of the Army and all those who have served.

"Home Front to Battlefront" book cover

Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II, by Frank Lavin
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series

Thursday, June 15 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


The author's father, Carl Lavin, was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The Canton, Ohio, native enlisted when he turned eighteen, a decision that would take him to the Battle of the Bulge. The book is based on Carl's personal letters, his recollections, and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more. Lavin's adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general readers, veterans, educators, and students of the war.

A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by email or call 785-263-6771. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated.

Soldier Salute

70th Anniversary of Boyhood Home Opening

Thursday, June 22


The Eisenhower Boyhood Home was opened to the public 70 years ago. Come celebrate with us by enjoying refreshments in the Visitors Center - lemonade and Ida's cookies - and free admission all day!

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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