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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. "NOT The Last Butterfly" Film Screening & The Butterfly Project Program

    April 2, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Documentary film about The Butterfly Project -- one painted butterfly for every child lost in the Holocaust -- with Cheryl Rattner Price. After the screening, visitors will be invited to paint their own butterfly to add to the 150,000 already created through the Butterfly Project. In the concentration camp of Terezin, one Jewish artist, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, secretly taught more than 600 children to draw, paint and sew. After the war, two of Friedl’s suitcases were found containing over 4,000 pieces of art, which inspired the Butterfly Project, whose mission is to paint and display 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to honor and remember each child killed in the Holocaust. Both a moving account of survival and a lesson in the healing power of art, this film offers young and old alike a new way to find hope in one of history’s greatest tragedies. IKEducation now offers this program as part of our curriculum.

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