Calendar module icon

Calendar

View All Calendars is the default. Choose Select a Calendar to view a specific calendar. Subscribe to calendar notifications by clicking on the Notify Me® button, and you will automatically be alerted about the latest events in our community.

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.

    More Details
  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!

    More Details

Public Programs

  1. Ike Book Talk: "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren

    March 12, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    "All the King's Men" is a tale of power and corruption in the Depression-era South as it portrays the dramatic political rise and governorship of Willie Stark. Based loosely on the life and times of former Louisiana Governor, Huey P. Long, one central theme of the novel is that all actions have consequences, and that it is impossible for an individual to stand aloof and be a mere observer of life. Originally published in 1946 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1947, "Time" magazine lists "All the King's Men" among the top 100 novels. Linda Lewis will facilitate this discussion of the second title in the 2018 Ike Book Talk series, all of which have a connection to Dwight D. Eisenhower. All books in the 2018 Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) series 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.

    More Details