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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. 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. Ft. Riley Mounted Color Guard and U.S. Cavalry Civil War Encampment

    September 2, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum campus

    On Saturday, September 2, as part of Abilene, Kansas' observance of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, the Fort Riley Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard demonstration team will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. on the Eisenhower Presidential campus grounds. They will also set up a United States Cavalry Civil War Encampment. Established in 1992, the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uniforms, accoutrements and equipment of the Civil War period. From privates to officers, these men and women recreate the colorful spectacle of the American Horse Soldier.

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  2. Chisholm Trail 150th: Mooovie Marathon

    September 2, 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and the Eisenhower Foundation join the "Trails, Rails, and Tales" celebration of Abilene's western heritage as the end of that famous cattle trail. On Saturday, Sept. 2, the Visitors Center auditorium will host a free "Mooovie Marathon" from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. 1:00 - "American Lawmen: Tom Smith" ( 1hr., 17 min.) 2:30 - "Abilene Town" (1 hr., 29 min.) Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak 4:00 - "The Old Chisholm Trail" (1hr.) Johnny Mack Brown, Mady Correll, Tex Ritter

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