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The Exhibit

Opens: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Closes: Friday, May 24
Central Kansas City Public Library, Mountain Gallery (14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Kansas)

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership style as president reflected his practical, level-headed Midwestern roots: Work from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes saw as impossible.

The exhibit, "Eisenhower’s Middle Road," spotlights a prescription for peace and prosperity that guided Ike throughout his eight years in the White House. He sought balance for America—the pursuit and preservation of social gains, for instance, while refraining from government overreach. The exhibit in the Central Kansas City Public Library’s Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery explores six key areas reflecting that approach.

The exhibit was produced by the archival and curatorial staff of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, and is presented in partnership with the Central Kansas City Public Library. This exhibit is funded by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Events

The Kansas City Public Library and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Foundation present a series of special events in conjunction with the full redesign of the 25,000 sq. ft. museum in Abilene, Kansas, now underway and scheduled for completion by Summer 2019.

Speaking presentations are held at both the Central Library (where they are preceded by a 6:00 PM wine and cheese reception, made possible by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri) and the Eisenhower Presidential Library (as part of the noontime Lunch & Learn series, made possible by the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation of Abilene, Kansas).

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"Most Hallowed Ground: Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns" with Tom Tudor

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 6:00 PM - Central Kansas City Public Library | RSVP call 816-701-3400
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 12:00 PM - Eisenhower Presidential Library | Visitors Center (no RSVP needed)

Arlington National Cemetery evolved from a place of necessity – set aside for a mounting wave of Civil War casualties – to sacred ground, the final resting place for more than 400,000 men and women who gave service and sacrifice to our country.

Tom Tudor, once a sentinel and commander of the relief at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the most hallowed of the cemetery’s many landmarks, traces the story of this special, 624-acre plot on the west bank of the Potomac River. Included is a look at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s place in the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, presiding over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in 1958. This presentation continues a series coinciding with the exhibit "Eisenhower’s Middle Road" at the Central Kansas City Public Library and was made possible by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.