|Thank you to the generous donors who have already steppped up and answered the call.
Learn how you can be a sponsor by contacting Library Director Karl Weissenbach or the Eisenhower Foundation at 785-263-6700.
World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes
June 2013 - December 2016 | Museum Temporary Gallery
The core exhibit located in the Museum Temporary Gallery provides an overview of World War II. The chronology of the war is located on your right-hand side while more in-depth information is provided on your left. Artifacts bringing the story to life are intermingled throughout the entirety of the exhibit. Focusing on the personal stories of unsung heroes and the lesser-known events of the war, World War II Remembered showcases the major theaters of the war and special units including the Tuskegee Airmen and Native American Code Talkers. Discover the brave contributions of the Ritchie Boys – Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany who returned to Europe as U.S. soldiers. In addition, the exhibit features the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front. Artifacts bringing the story to life are intermingled throughout the entirety of the exhibit. The curatorial staff is pleased to display rare artifacts from our very own holdings alongside those borrowed from collections around the world.
Following the core exhibit, you will find the supplemental exhibits that will be completely changed out approximately every nine months.
Be Ye Men of Valour: Allies of World War II
February 2014 - December 2016 | Library 2nd Floor Gallery
"Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: 'Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation....'" –Winston Churchill, 19 May 1940
This exhibit strives to tell the untold and forgotten stories of the many allies involved in the war effort. While it was major industrial powers like the United States, England, and the Soviet Union that provided the bulk of manpower and resources, dozens of other Allies selflessly spent blood and treasure of their own to defeat the Axis powers. This exhibit explores the important victories, defeats, personalities, and causes associated with the lesser-known Allied nations and resistance groups.
Total Global War: 1942 and 1943
Winning the War: 1944 and 1945
Each month we will provide an in depth look at a story pulled from our "World War II Participants and Contemporaries" collection from the Archives. read articles
An assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Please see the calendar of events page for a complete list of scheduled programs.
The Eisenhower Foundation and the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library thank the following donors for their generous support of this exhibit and related programming:
LEGION OF MERIT
Emma Balsiger Foundation
Dane G. Hansen Foundation
William T. Kemper Foundation
SILVER STAR MEDAL
Wendell & Nancy Gugler
BRONZE STAR MEDAL
Robert M. Beren Foundation, Inc.
Bob and Anne Robson
WW II VICTORY MEDAL
Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust
WW II CAMPAIGN RIBBON
DeVore Family Fund
Nancy Landon Kassebaum