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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 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. Ike Book Talk: Burnt Creek by Ernest Haycox

    January 8, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    "Burnt Creek" kicks off the Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program series of six book discussions to be held every other month through 2018. This collection of interconnected short stories form the dramatic saga of Burnt Creek, a small crossroads town in central Oregon, populated by daring homesteaders. Here is the West as it really was, filled with people as they really were, presented by a true master. Haycox (1899 - 1950) lived in Portland, Oregon. He wrote more than 20 novels and more than 300 short stories. In 2005 the Western Writers of America voted Haycox one of the 24 best Western authors of the Twentieth Century. All books in the 2018 series have a connection to Dwight D. Eisenhower and are available to check out from the Abilene Public Library or for purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library gift shop. The programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

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