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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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  3. Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House

    May 12, 2017, 6:00 PM - August 20, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Library Lobby

    Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, Fitzwater looked up to Dwight D. Eisenhower as a hometown hero. Fitzwater earned a journalism degree from Kansas State University then embarked on a career that eventually lead to a decade of service in the White House, from 1983 to 1993. Fitzwater, the only press secretary in history to be appointed by two Presidents, recently donated his personal papers to his alma mater. The Eisenhower Presidential Museum is pleased to collaborate with Kansas State University to bring this extraordinary exhibit to Fitzwater's hometown. "Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House" will be on display from May 12 to August 24, 2017 and will feature items from his distinguished career as Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

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Public Programs

  1. "I Like Ike - The Presidential Election of 1952", with author John Robert Greene

    August 4, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    A light lunch will be provided for this installment of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series. In the first book to analyze the 1952 election in its entirety, political historian John Robert Greene draws in depth from the Eisenhower, Stevenson, Taft and Nixon papers. Greene traces how Richard Nixon's famous “Checkers Speech,” Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign, and television as a new medium for news and political commercials each figured in the election in its own way. "I Like Ike" is a compelling account of how an America fearful of a Communist threat elected a war hero and brought an end to twenty years of Democrat control of the White House. In an era of political ferment, it also makes a timely and persuasive case for the importance of the election of 1952 not only to the Eisenhower Administration, but also to the development of presidential politics well into the future.

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