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December 2017 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

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Holiday Band Concert

Sunday, December 3 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Founded in 1881, the Abilene Municipal Band is the second oldest band in Kansas!  The band played for Ike's inaugural parades in Washington, DC, in 1953 and 1957.  Bring the family and enjoy the sounds of the season as Abilene's historic band performs classic and modern holiday pieces at this free annual concert at the Eisenhower Visitors Center auditorium.  The gift shop is offering 20% discounts on in-store purchases this day!  This is one of many holiday activities in Abilene, Kansas, Dec. 2-3. The Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau offers a complete list of weekend events. 

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Movie: They Were Expendable

Thursday, December 7 | 1:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


This year marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. To honor and remember the brave soldiers of that era, join us in the Visitors Center auditorium for a movie ranked as one of the finest World War II films. They Were Expendable is based on a book by William L. White about the real-life heroics of PT Boat squadron leader John Bulkeley in the defense of the Philippines during the early months of the war. In the movie, Bulkeley is portrayed by Robert Montgomery as
Lt. Brickley.  

They Were Expendable was conceived by MGM and the Navy in 1942 as a vehicle for wartime propaganda, but by the time filming began in 1945, director John Ford had experienced war first-hand in the Naval Reserve. Robert Montgomery drew on his service as an actual PT commander at Guadalcanal and Normandy.  In fact, a number of the cast and crew had just returned from combat, lending the film authenticity.  The film was released on December 7, 1945, and also features John Wayne, Donna Reed, Ward Bond and Cameron Mitchell. This event is free and open to the public.


Did you know?

* Actor Robert Montgomery later served as President Eisenhower's television coach.
* The Eisenhower Presidential Library holds the papers of Admiral Bulkeley.

Copies of selected Bulkeley papers will be on display in the Visitors Center Auditorium for the day!  This is a rare opportunity to see these historical documents.

Let's promote Hope! Operation Veteran Suicide Outreach

Let's Promote Hope 
Operation Veterans Suicide Outreach

Friday, December 22 | 1:00 p.m. | Library Courtyard


Let’s Promote Hope™ is an opportunity to come together for fun, friendship, compassion, and push-ups!  On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day, leading the organization to hold an event every month on the 22nd. The Eisenhower Presidential Library will be the host in December.  The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome, but not required, to participate in doing 23 push-ups to signify the number of veterans lost each day to suicide, plus one for America.

To learn more, visit letspromotehope.org or @23pushups on Facebook.

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#GivingTuesday

Through December 31, 2017


Ike believed, “The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship in a free form of government,” 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.

Recently, on Tuesday, November 28th, the Eisenhower Foundation participated in our first ever #GivingTuesday to raise funds for IKEducation.  By the end of the day, we raised over $2,600!  We invite you to join us in meeting our $5,000 goal by December 31. Please visit our website at http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/625/GivingTuesday to learn more and to make a contribution to Ike's Field Trip Fund.  Help us bring more students to Abilene, Kansas, for IKEducation programs!

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Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at
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Holiday Closures


All buildings on the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home campus are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  

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Explore These Continuing Temporary Exhibits

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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!

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Eisenhower and the Great War

Exhibit in the Upstairs Library Gallery until March 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. 

Donations to the Eisenhower Foundation provide funding to support the exhibits, educational programs, and community events at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

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