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  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 13, 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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Public Programs

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

    November 16, 2017, 12:00 PM @ 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. Join us at this 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, courtesy of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.

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