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Public Programs

  1. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    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 budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would later become known, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.

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  2. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 @ Museum Temporary Gallery

    Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tri-state celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “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!

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  3. Lunch and Learn: "World War I Soldier Poetry"

    February 22, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    While poetry is not a common form of expression today, it was quite popular a century ago. Family and historical documents show that soldiers from every country involved in World War I (1917 - 1919) wrote poetry. Tim Rives, Eisenhower Presidential Library Deputy Director and Supervisory Archvist, will share how important and useful this soldier poetry can be in studying the experiences of American service members in the First World War. The examples used in Rives' presentation all have a strong Kansas connection. A light lunch will be served. To learn more about World War I, visit the exhibit "Eisenhower and the Great War" on display in the Library 2nd floor gallery through March. Tim Rives earned degrees from Wichita State University and Emporia State University. He is an Army veteran, serving as a Voice Intercept Operator and Photojournalist. Rives joined the archival team at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 2008 after 10 years with the National Archives in Kansas Ci

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