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"When this library is filled with documents, and scholars come here to probe into some of the facts of the past half century, I hope that they, as we today, are concerned primarily with the ideals, principles, and trends that provide guides to a free, rich, peaceful future in which all peoples can achieve ever-rising levels of human well-being."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Speech at the Ground Breaking Ceremonies for the Library, October 13, 1959

News and Announcements

Museum Renovation
Press Release

Project overview with Q & A

  • Exhibits are located in the library building while there is no access to the museum.
  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June and July: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)
    • Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishing
    • Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
    • Place of Meditation - the final resting place of President Esienhower
    • Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
    • Eisenhower statue - great photo opp!
  • The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit in the library building features nearly 200 rarely before seen artifacts.
  • Increased public programs and activities will be scheduled throughout the duration of the museum project.
  • The museum's entire exhibit space is being renovated.

Winter Film Fest
Visitors Center Auditorium, 2 p.m.

February 17: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
February 24: The Post

March 3: The Greatest Showman
March 17: Roman Israel, Esq.

The films are free to the public and sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County. Patrons are asked to bring an item to contribute to the Abilene Area Food & Clothing Bank. This year, toiletry items such as tissues, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper are being requested.

Lunch and Learn
Thursday, February 28 at noon
Visitors Center Auditorium

John McManus will present "Echoes of Grant: The Second World War Leadership of Dwight Eisenhower" as part of the¬†Eisenhower’s Middle Road¬†speaker series. They led in different eras, but the parallels between Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower are striking. Both men were successful army commanders in high-stakes conflicts and then president, with deep convictions about racial equity and a determination to avoid war despite their military backgrounds. Eisenhower, in fact, greatly admired Grant, studying everything from his leadership style to his personality traits and scouring Grant's memoirs for lessons he could apply to the battlefield. More Information


See the Calendar for a full schedule of events throughout the year.

2018 Program Series

  The Ike Book Club meets every other month in the Visitors Center Auditorium to discuss selected books. All of the books are available for purchase at the Eisenhower Library Gift Shop or may be available to check out from the Abilene Public Library.
Lunch & Learn   Join us every 4th Thursday at noon in the Visitors Center Auditorium. A light lunch is provided courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.
Evening at Ease   The 2nd Tuesday of every other month we provide an evening program. Topics vary and may include films, lectures, or panel discussion.