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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.

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

March 24: The Greatest Showman

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.

Royer Film Festival
Visitors Center Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Printable Schedule

March 21: The Five Pennies (1957)

Admission is free and includes pop and popcorn.

Most Hallowed Ground: Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns

Wednesday, March 27 | 6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO
RSVP: kclibrary.org or 816-701-3400

Thursday, March 28 | Noon
Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE 4th St., Abilene, KS

Arlington National Cemetery evolved from a place of necessity – set aside for a mounting wave of Civil War casualties – to sacred ground, the final resting place for more than 400,000 men and women who gave service and sacrifice to our country.

Tom Tudor, once a sentinel and commander of the relief at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the most hallowed of the cemetery's many landmarks, traces the story of this special, 624-acre plot on the west bank of the Potomac River. Included is a look at President Dwight D. Eisenhower's place in the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, presiding over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in 1958.

 

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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.