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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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Public Programs

  1. Movie: "Sully" - Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

    January 14, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, which depicts his successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in January 2009, in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. The Arts Council of Dickinson County presents their Annual Winter Film Fest, showing at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitor Center beginning Sunday, January 14th, and will run through February 18th of 2018. Movies will start at 2:00 p.m. This series is sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County in Partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. In conjunction with the free movie series, the Arts Council is accepting canned goods to donate to the Abilene Area Food Center. There will be an area near the popcorn to place canned goods. Admission to all movies is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided at no charge. Drinks may be purchased at the Visitor Center Gift Shop.

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