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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


Eisenhower and the Great War
March 2017 - March 2018

War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.


Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President
April 2017 - May 2018

Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that raised a President!


See the Exhibits Schedule for current and past exhibits

Ike Book Talks
printable schedule

"Ike Book Talks" are free and open to the public. This Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program is conducted through a partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council, Abilene Public Library and Eisenhower Presidential Library. The books selected for this series all have a connection to Dwight Eisenhower.

All movies and discussion will be held in the Visitors Center Auditorium.

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

March 11 at 2 p.m. -- Movie (1949)

March 12 at 7 p.m. -- Book Discussion (facilitated by Linda Lewis, Professor of English at Bethany College)

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruit Stewart

May 14 at 7 p.m. -- Book Discussion (facilitated by Bill Brown, Professor emeritus of English and Humanities at Kanas Wesleyan University)


Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival
Visitors Center Auditorium at 2 p.m.

The Arts Council of Dickinson County presents their Annual Winter Film Fest, showing at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitor Center beginning Sunday, January 14th, and will run through February 18th of 2018.  Movies will start at 2:00 p.m. This series is sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

January 14

Sully (PG 13)

Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, which depicts his successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in January 2009.

January 21

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

Visually appealing stop-motion film about a young boy named Kubo who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

January 28

Concussion (PG 13)

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

February 4

Race – The Jesse Owens Story (PG 13)

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

February 11

LaLa Land (PG 13)

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

February 18

Hidden Figures (PG)

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.


Lunch and Learn Programs
Visitors Center Auditorium at Noon
A light lunch will be provided at each program.

January 25

Never a Dull Moment: Dorothy Dull and the Women's Army Corps. A Kansas Woman in World War II.

Presented by Jeff Nelson.

February 22

Chisholm Trail

Presented by Jim Sherow.

April 26


Presented by Mike Russell



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

News and Announcements

TALK Series Returns to Eisenhower Library in 2018

The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program returns to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 2018 with "Ike Book Talks". The programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. more information


The Museum Will Get a New Look!

The Eisenhower Foundation is raising funds for a complete redesign of the museum. All of the gallery space will be redesigned and upgraded! more information


Ike Needs You!

Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world? Love history? Want experience for that college or job application? Then we have the opportunity for you! more information


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