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March Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,
Royer Film Series

Thursday, March 2 | 6:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for a special reception with light refreshments at 6 p.m. to recognize Hank Royer's generosity in supporting this annual film festival and for the new video system installed in the Visitors Center Auditorium by the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.

Starring: Jane Powell and Howard Keel
Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness. Nominated for five Academy Awards and won in 1955 for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. 1954 - 102 minutes - Color

Calamity Jane, Royer Film Series

Thursday, March 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Starring: Doris Day and Howard Keel
Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickok. Nominated for three Academy Awards and won in 1954 for Best Music, Original Song (Secret Love). 1953 - 101 minutes - Color

Calamity Jane
Good Land

Good Land, TALK Program

Monday, March 13 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Talk about Literature in Kansas (TALK) is a series presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Abilene Public Library. The Best of the West theme celebrates the Chisholm Trail 150th and Dwight Eisenhower's love of western novels.

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Annie Get Your Gun, Royer Film Series

Thursday, March 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Starring: Betty Hutton and Howard Keel
A story very loosely based on the love story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler who meet at a shooting match. Fabulous music although the lead characters have virtually nothing to do with the actual historical figures. Annie joins Frank Butler in Col. Cody's Wild West Show. They tour the world performing before Royalty as well as the public at large.  Nominated for four Academy Awards and won the 1951 Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. 1950 - 107 minutes - Color

Annie Get Your Gun
Kansas Court of Appeals

Kansas Court of Appeals

Tuesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. | Library Auditorium

The Kansas Court of Appeals will hear six appeals cases in Abilene at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Three cases will be heard in the morning and three will be heard in the afternoon. This program is open to the public.

Ike and McCarthy

Ike and McCarthy, by David Nichols

Tuesday, March 28 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Part of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Brownbag Series, a light lunch will be provided at this book talk and signing.

Being released on March 21st, Ike and McCarthy is the full story of how President Dwight Eisenhower masterminded the downfall of the anti-Communist demagogue Senator Joseph McCarthy.

In Ike and McCarthy, David A Nichols shows how the tension between the two men escalated. In a direct challenge to Eisenhower, McCarthy alleged that the US Army was harboring communists and launched an investigation. But the senator had unwittingly signed his own political death warrant. The White House employed surrogates to conduct a clandestine campaign against McCarthy and was not above using information about the private lives of McCarthy’s aides as ammunition.

In January 1954 McCarthy was arguably the most powerful member of the Senate. By the end of that year, he had been censured by his colleagues for unbecoming conduct. Eisenhower’s covert operation had discredited the senator months earlier, exploiting the controversy that resulted from the televised Army-McCarthy hearings. McCarthy would never recover his lost prestige. Nichols uses documents previously unavailable or overlooked to authenticate the extraordinary story of Eisenhower’s anti-McCarthy campaign.
Great War

Now on exhibit in the Library Gallery, March 2017 to March 2018
Eisenhower and the Great War

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.

All programs are free and open to the public thanks to your generous support.

The mission of the Eisenhower Foundation is to honor and champion the relevance today of the life and
leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.

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