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Exhibits

  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. The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

    August 24, 2017 - October 11, 2017 @ Library Lobby

    This traveling exhibit, created by Symphony in the Flint Hills in partnership with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, “The Old Chisholm Trail,” video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail.

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Public Programs

  1. Why We Fight - documentary

    September 11, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    In 1961, as Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final address to the nation before leaving the office of President of the United States, he warned America to guard against the "military-industrial complex". In this 2006 documentary, as the United States found itself waging a war in Iraq, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki offers an in-depth look at how the United States readied itself for battle, and why and how the nation goes to war. Named for Frank Capra's famed series of Defense Department films, which explained the motives behind America's entry into World War II, "Why We Fight" features interviews with foot soldiers, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talk about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of World War II.

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