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November 2017 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Saturday, November 11 | 10:30 a.m. | Campus Pylons 

On June 1, 1954, President Eisenhower signed HR7786 changing Armistice Day, a day that honored veterans of World War I, to Veterans Day, to include veterans of all wars.  Each year In Abilene, Kansas, local VFW and American Legion Chapters host a brief ceremony at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to honor all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.   

Join us at the flag pole by the pylons on the east side of the Eisenhower Presidential campus as we pay our respects to the brave men and women of the United States military.

Book cover of "Dick Cole's War" showing Cole standing by a World War II fighter plane.

"Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando" with author Dennis Okerstrom

Thursday, November 16 | Noon | Visitors Center Auditorium

Dick Cole was a member of the Doolittle Raiders who flew their B-25s on a bombing run over Tokyo just four months after Pearl Harbor.  When that mission was complete, Cole was assigned to Ferrying Command, flying the Hump of the Himalayas for a year in the world’s worst weather, with inadequate aircraft, few navigation aids, and inaccurate maps. More than 600 aircraft with their crews were lost during this effort to keep China in the war, but Cole survived and rotated home in 1943. Just a few months later he was recruited for the First Air Commandos, returning to India to participate in the aerial invasion of Burma.
We invite you to attend this informative presentation by author Dennis Okerstrom, Professor of English at Park University in Missouri and the author of four previous books. A certified flight instructor, he owns and flies a restored 1942 Army scout plane.

A light lunch will be provided as part of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation speaker series.

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Tuesday, November 28

Ike believed, “The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship,” and through IKEducation, the Eisenhower Foundation continues this legacy.  Since 2013, over 20,000 students have participated in these programs that place history in their hands, connecting the past to the present.

This year, on Tuesday, November 28th, the Eisenhower Foundation will be taking part in our first ever #GivingTuesday to help raise funds for IKEducation.  This global giving movement has inspired millions of people to come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.  We invite you to join the movement by visiting our website at http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/625/GivingTuesday to learn more.

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Explore These Continuing 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 the Chisholm Trail, which brought nearly two 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 in 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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