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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 Begins (4.26.2018)
Press Release: Opening Delayed (3.14.2019)

The entire 25,000 square feet of exhibit space in the museum building will be all new this summer! Featuring technology components and interactives, the comprehensive redesign will tell the story of Ike and Mamie in their own words.

  • The new exhibits are expected to open in early July. The date had to be postponed from June due to the recent government shutdown. Continue to check this site for additional updates as we near project completion.
  • Temporary exhibits are located in the library building until the museum project is complete.
  • 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 and Mrs. Eisenhower
    • 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.

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World
Thursday, April 25 at Noon
Visitors Center Auditorium

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As the editor of Dwight D. Eisenhower's papers -- all 21 volumes -- Louis Galambos might know more about the military hero turned commander in chief than anyone alive.

In a discussion of his new book Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World, Galambos explores the shifts in Ike's identity and reputation over his lifetime and how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. With the help of Brig. Gen. and mentor Fox Conner, Eisenhower learned as career military officer to understand his mistakes and pivot quickly. In the White House, he embraced compromise and coalition building.

Galambos is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

Free Speech, Free Press, and Free Society
Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Visitors Center Auditorium

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The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will observe Law Day by hosting a panel of distinguished Kansas lawyers, journalists, and scholars to discuss the ideas of "Free Speech, Free Press, and Free Society.” The public is invited to attend the free program.

Mother's Day Tea
Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m.
Library Courtyard

Our very own Curator at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, William Snyder, knows everyone loves Mamie. He will present an entertaining program on well-known hat designer Sally Victor. Clearly one of Mamie's favorite designers as we have a number of her hats in our collection. A special display showcasing some of our favorites will be exhibited for this occasion.

Invite your moms, grandmas, daughters, and girlfriends to enjoy light refreshments with delicious teas and a fun program. And it's not just for girls, boys are welcome, too!

Reservations are required by May 6. Purchase tickets for $20 each online or mail a check to the Eisenhower Foundation, PO Box 295, Abilene, KS 67410.

Ike Book Talk: The Gardens of Kyoto
Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
Visitors Center Auditorium

Book discussion with Dennis Etzel, Jr.

The Road to Abilene

Wednesday, May 22 | 6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO
RSVP: kclibrary.org or 816-701-3400

Thursday, May 23 | Noon
Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE 4th St., Abilene, KS

Ike and Mamie deserve the best.

That mantra, referencing 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, has driven a $9.75-million redesign of the museum exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. With completion and reopening scheduled for summer 2019, it entails renovation of the 25,000-square-foot exhibit space and the creation of a number of new museum exhibits.

Tim Rives, supervisory archivist and deputy director of the Eisenhower Library and Museum, and Curator William snyder, examine the ambitious project and lead an interactive discussion of the function and importance of presidential libraries.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27 at 9:45 a.m.

Hosted by local VFW and American Legion Chapters.

 

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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.