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May 28, 2018
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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.
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!
February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium
The Eisenhower Presidential Library has a vast collection of WWII Unit Records, and archivist Mary Burtzloff will discuss ways to use these records to aid family history research. These records may show locations of Army units during World War II and some of the situations encountered, enhancing understanding of the often untold experiences of veterans. This informative session is free and open to the public.
Burtzloff graduated from Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management. She worked at the National Archives in Kansas City before joining the Eisenhower Presidential Library archival staff in 2009.