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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

Exhibits

Eisenhower and the Great War
March 2017 - March 2018
(Library)

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
(Museum)

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!

 

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The Best of the West TALK Series

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Full Schedule

 

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Hosted by local VFW and American Legion Chapters

 

Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemorative Concert
June 3
Campus Grounds

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4 p.m. Activities & Food Vendors
   
  Pop-Up Museum
   
5:30 p.m. Everyday Lights
   
  KWU Cello & Vioilin Camp Recital (Visitors Center Auditorium)
   
7 p.m. 1st Infantry Division Band
   
8:30 p.m. Salina Symphony

 

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

News and Announcements

National Archives Announces New Head of Eisenhower Presidential Library

Dawn Hammatt Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Dawn Hammatt as the new Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, effective May 28, 2017. 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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