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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: "Concussion" - Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

    January 28, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Will Smith stars in this dramatic thriller based on the incredible true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Rated PG-13. The Arts Council of Dickinson County Annual Winter Film Fest will show at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitor Center through February 18th, 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. The Arts Council will be 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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