Eisenhower Presidential Museum
After more than a year of renovation, the exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum are open to the public! This renovation project was a grassroots effort that was funded through donations to the Eisenhower Foundation’s Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. As U.S. Senator Jerry Moran remarked in a recent letter of support, “The Foundation’s vision, as laid out in its A Legacy of Leadership Campaign, will ensure the Museum’s vitality well into the 21st century.”
In a recent press release, Dawn Hammatt, director, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, said, "Our team is excited to share this updated story with our visitors. We are thrilled to feature the holdings of the collection, not only here in Abilene, but also from the National Archives in Washington, DC. These resources allowed us to create a custom exhibit script using Ike and Mamie's own words and really connect with the visitor on a personal level."
Two new interactive displays help bring Ike and Mamie to life. The first, “Becoming Ike and Mamie,” allows visitors to explore Eisenhower’s pre-WWII career assignments. Another interactive will help visitors understand the impacts of the Cold War during the Eisenhower Administration.
In addition to seeing historically significant artifacts and hearing new stories from the archives, visitors will come away with a better understanding of Ike and Mamie's life story. Using newly digitized and never-before-seen footage from the National Archives, new mini-theaters offer visitors the opportunity to hear Ike’s words firsthand on a variety of events and issues from D‑Day to world peace. Visitors will come to understand why President Eisenhower became known as the Champion of Peace.
The layered learning approach throughout the exhibits gives all visitors the opportunity to make a personal connection during their visit. It’s time to come back to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Come see Ike again for the first time.
A rededication ceremony is scheduled for Ike's birthday weekend, Saturday, October 12.