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August 2017 Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

Book cover of "I Like Ike - The Presidential Election of 1952"

I Like Ike - The Presidential Election of 1952, with author John Robert Greene 

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series

Friday, August 4 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


In the first book to analyze the 1952 election in its entirety, political historian John Robert Greene draws in depth from the Eisenhower, Stevenson, Taft and Nixon papers. Greene traces how Richard Nixon's famous “Checkers Speech,” Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign, and television as a new medium for news and political commercials each figured in the election in its own way.

"I Like Ike" is a compelling account of how an America fearful of a Communist threat elected a war hero and brought an end to twenty years of Democrat control of the White House. In an era of political ferment, it also makes a timely and persuasive case for the importance of the election of 1952 not only to the Eisenhower Administration, but also to the development of presidential politics well into the future. 


A light lunch will be provided at noon. RSVP by email or call 785-263-6771. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated.  Following the program, Greene will be available to sign copies of "I Like Like--The Presidential Election of 1952," available for purchase in the Presidential Gift Shop.

Logo for CASI Chili Cookoff

CASI Chili Cook-Off 

Saturday, August 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum Campus 


If you love chili, visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home on August 5. The 2nd annual Wild Steer CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) Cook-Off supports the National Old West Trails Foundation and is the Kansas state qualifier for the Original International Championship Chili Cook-Off in Terlingua,Texas.  Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. featuring not only chili, but cinnamon rolls, chili dogs, Frito pies, K-State's Call Hall ice cream, and root beer floats. The Chili Awards Ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Enjoy some chili and stay for the vintage base ball game, below!

Vintage base ball player at bat.

Vintage Base Ball Game

Saturday, August 5 | 1:00 p.m. | Campus Grounds


Baseball history comes alive when the Wichita Bull Stockings of the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club return to Ike's hometown to challenge the Abilene Iron Cutters. Donning uniforms from the 1860s, the game is played using base ball rules from the Victorian era, which are quite different from today's game. For instance, outfielders can catch the ball on one bounce for an out and base stealing and sliding are prohibited. Crowd participation is highly encouraged and often impacts the rulings on the field.  Bring your lawn chairs and sunscreen to this free public event, and plan to taste some chili from the CASI cook-off event mentioned above.

The Last Cattle Drive book cover

TALK Program - The Last Cattle Drive
Book Discussion

Monday, August 14 | 7:00 p.m. | VIsitors Center Auditoruim


A best-seller first published in 1977, "The Last Cattle Drive" follows the humorous adventure of a fictitious KU graduate who accepts a teaching job in a small western Kansas town. To earn extra money, he takes a second job working for a rancher who resents modern-day shipping costs and decides to drive his cattle personally across the state to the Kansas City stockyards. 

The author, Robert Day, is a native Kansan and graduate of the University of Kansas. Day taught at Fort Hays State University from 1965 to 1970, and taught creative writing at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, for 30 years.  He wrote essays, mainly about Kansas, for the Washington Post from 1990 to 1997.

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 anniversary 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 public library or purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Gift Shop.


New Exhibit Opening August 24

Cowboy equipment in the traveling exhibit The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

August 24 - October 12 | Library Lobby


This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design in partnership with Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. The Chisholm Trail revitalized the cattle industry following the Civil War, and gave rise to the iconic American cowboy. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, “The Old Chisholm Trail,” video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail.

Reminder: Fitzwater Exhibit Closes August 20 

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House exhibit poster

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House Exhibit

Open through August 20 | Library Lobby 


Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, Marlin Fitzwater was influenced by the accomplishments of hometown hero, Dwight D. Eisenhower.   Fitzwater is the only press secretary appointed by two presidents, and this extraordinary exhibit highlights 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.


Visit These Temporary Exhibits

Eisenhower with a horse

Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

Exhibit in the Museum Temporary Gallery until May 2018


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chisholm Trail, which brought nearly 2 million cattle from Texas to the railhead in Abilene, Kansas, between 1867 and 1871. 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!

World War I poster and uniform

Eisenhower and the Great War

Exhibit in the Upstairs Library Gallery until May 2018


War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War, as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.

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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