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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. Never a Dull Moment: Kansan Dorothy Dull, World War II Women's Army Corps

    January 25, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Join us for a light lunch as Jeff Nelson, Eisenhower Presidential Museum curatorial staff, tells about the experiences of Dorothy Dull from Clifton, Kansas, who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II on General MacArthur's clerical staff. Her story sheds light on the challenges faced by women stationed near the front lines. The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was a branch of the United States Army, created during World War II when the U.S. was faced with fighting a two-front war while continuing to support the Allies. Women supplied the additional resources so desperately needed in the military and industrial sectors. Members of the WAC were the first women other than nurses to serve within the ranks of the United States Army. Over 150,000 American women served in the WAC during the war, challenging perceptions of the traditional role of women in the workplace and in the military.

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