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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

The Best of the West TALK Series
more information
full schedule

April 9 TALK Film -- Buffalo Girls
Visitors Center Auditorium
2:00 p.m.
April 10 TALK Program -- Buffalo Girls
Visitors Center Auditorium
7:00 p.m.


Kansas Court of Appeals
Library Auditorium
March 21 at 8 a.m.

Six appeals cases to be heard, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Open to the public. more information

Ike and McCarthy
Visitors Center Auditorium
March 28 at Noon

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Brownbag Series with David Nichols. Book talk and signing, Light lunch provided.

Chisholm Trail Author Symposium and Exhibit Opening
Libary Auditorium and Museum
April 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Spend the day immersed in Chisholm Trail history at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. An author symposium begins at high noon on Saturday, April 1 in the Library building auditorium. The symposium concludes with the opening of the Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President exhibit opening. more information and full schedule

NOT the Last Butterfly
Visitors Center Auditorium
April 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Documentary film about The Butterfly Project -- one painted butterfly for every child lost in the Holocaust -- with Cheryl Rattner Price.

Easter Egg Hunt/Roll
Campus Grounds
April 15 at 1:00 p.m.

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

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