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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
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Marlin Fitzwater Exhibit
Library Lobby and Courtyar
May 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Exhibit opening and reception

Mamie Eisenhower: Hostess in Chief
Library Courtyard
May 13 at 11 a.m.

Ellie will present "Mamie: Hostess in Chief" during the annual Mother's Day Tea in the Courtyard of the Eisenhower Presidential Library on May 13 at 11 a.m. Reservations are required by May 5. Tickets may be purchased online at or by $15 checks payable to the Eisenhower Foundation, mailed to: Eisenhower Presidential Library, Attn: Mother's Day Tea, 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene KS 67410. more information

A Hundred Years Ago on the Homefront:
How American Families Faced the War to End All Wars

Visitors Center Auditorium
May 15 at 7 p.m.

Ellie returns to the Eisenhower Presidential Library on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. for a free program in the Visitors Center Auditorium. Ellie will present "A Hundred Years Ago on the Homefront: How American Families Faced the War to End All Wars." Even if you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront. more information

Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency
Visitors Center Auditorium
May 19 at noon

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation speaker Series and book signing with Paul Brandus. A light lunch will be provided.

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 29

Hosted by local VFW and American Legion Chapters

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

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