After weeks of carefully removing artifacts from exhibit cases and completely emptying the classroom cabinets, construction has officially commenced at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. This renovation project is a grassroots effort that is being funded through donations to the Eisenhower Foundation’s Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. As U.S. Senator Jerry Moran remarked in a recent letter of support, “The Foundation’s vision, as laid out in its A Legacy of Leadership Campaign, will ensure the Museum’s vitality well into the 21st century.”
Thanks to our supporters, we have raised more than $11.75 million for the campaign, effectively exceeding our original funding goal. Since then, our project has been significantly impacted by the 35-day federal government shutdown, costing us time and money. This has resulted in stretching our campaign goal to $12.25 million.
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The updated Museum will tell Eisenhower's story as World War II Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by July 2019 in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the series of events that led to the end of World War II.
The new exhibit, Leading to Victory, will tell the D-Day story from Ike’s perspective at the command level. Visitors will learn what it was like to plan D-Day — with no detail too small, no element unimportant, no idea easily dismissed, only one man would make the decision of where, when and how to launch the invasion. A key artifact highlighted in this gallery is the D-Day planning table, where the greatest military minds of the 20th century, led by General Eisenhower, gathered to plot Hitler's downfall and the liberation of Europe (left rendering).
Two additional “star” artifacts — General Eisenhower's Cadillac staff car, as well as a section from the Mulberry Harbor model that once belonged to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and was a gift to President Franklin D. Roosevelt — will also be displayed in the Leading to Victory gallery (right rendering).