Legacy Gala

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of NASA
Special guest: Dr. Steven A. Hawley, NASA astronaut

President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, saying, "The enactment of this legislation is an historic step, further equipping the United States for leadership in the space age." Just a few months later, December 19, 1958, the first human voice to be transmitted from space was that of Dwight D. Eisenhower, via satellite.

Dr. Steve Hawley, NASA astronaut, is our special guest. A Kansas native, Hawley was named an astronaut in 1978,  part of the first class of astronauts chosen specifically to fly the Space Shuttle. In five space flights and almost 800 hours in space, his missions included deploying and servicing the Hubble Space Telescope and launching the Chandra X-ray observatory. Following his retirement from NASA, Hawley returned to Kansas as a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas where he now holds the title of professor emeritus.  

The 2018 Eisenhower Legacy Gala will be held on Saturday, October 13th –– the eve of Ike's 128th birthday –– in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard in Abilene, Kansas. Due to space limitations, this is an invitation-only event. If you received an invitation and would like to RSVP, please contact our office at info@eisenhowerfoundation.net or 785-263-6771 before September 28, 2018.
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Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 per table of eight.

Timeline of Events

  1. 6 p.m.
  2. 7 - 9 p.m.
Enjoy a welcoming reception of hors d'oeuvres and drinks surrounded by book-matched Italian marble in the Library foyer.


The 2018 Legacy Gala is generously sponsored by Smart Insurance, Midwest Concrete Materials, Inc., JE Dunn Construction, Jacobs Engineering, Kalbian Hagerty LLP, Reynolds Real Estate and Kollhoff Pharmacy. We are grateful for their continued support.