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July Events at the Eisenhower Presidential
Library & Museum

The Ox-Bow Incident movie poster

The Ox-Bow Incident (film) TALK Program 

Sunday, July 9 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

This Oscar-nominated film stars Henry Fonda and features Anthony Quinn and Henry Morgan.  At its release, this movie was considered very dark. A 1943 review of this new movie called it, "An ugly study in mob violence, unrelieved by any human grace...supposed to have occurred in Nevada back in 1885. But it might have happened any place, for that matter, and at almost any time. A rancher is reportedly killed by cattle-rustlers and a mob gathers to seek revenge."  Join us at 2:00 in the Visitors Center to see how this western drama examines justice.
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 and movies..

The Ox-Bow Incident book cover

TALK Program - The Ox-Bow Incident
Book Discussion

Monday, July 10 | 7:00 p.m. | VIsitors Center Auditoruim

Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, as well as a story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature.

Free and open to the public, Talk about Literature in Kansas (TALK) is a series presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Abilene Public Library.  This program is for every Kansan who loves to read and discuss good books. The books selected for discussion are available to check out from the public library or purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Gift Shop.


Author Bob Wallace with his Spycraft book

Bob Wallace, Retired CIA Officer

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series

Monday, July 17 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series featuring Bob Wallace, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Technical Service, where spy gadgets are made.  Wallace is also the co-author of multiple books about spies and spying. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by email or call 785-263-6771. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated.

Flyer for class to teach kids how to play Bridge

Bridge-Playing Class for Kids

Mon. July 24 - Wed. Jul 26 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Library Courtyard 

This class will teach kids entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades the basics of card playing and introduce them to the game of Bridge, one of Ike's favorite card games.  Participants will meet in the Library Courtyard on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24, 25, 26, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM each day.  Class size is limited to 12 players.

President Eisenhower playing a game of Bridge

Eisenhower Foundation Bridge Benefit

Saturday, July 29 | 1:00 p.m. | Library Courtyard

On Saturday, July 29, the fourth annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Bridge Benefit will be held to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the "Bridge Player in Chief." Proceeds benefit IKEducation, the Eisenhower Foundation's K-12 education program for the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. If you are a Bridge player, join us! Registration is $10 and can be paid at the door or online. This event is generously sponsored by the Abilene ACBL Club. 

Reminder: Visit our Temporary Exhibits!

There are three temporary exhibits currently open at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum:  

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House exhibit poster

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House Exhibit

Open through August 23 | Library Lobby 

Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, Marlin Fitzwater was influenced by the accomplishments of hometown hero, Dwight D. Eisenhower.   Fitzwater is the only press secretary appointed by two presidents, and this extraordinary exhibit highlights correspondence, photos and official government documents from some of the most important moments in modern history. Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House will be on display from May to August and will feature items from his distinguished career as Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Eisenhower with a horse

Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

Exhibit in the Museum Temporary Gallery until May 2018

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chisholm Trail, which brought nearly 2 million cattle from Texas to the railhead in Abilene, Kansas, between 1867 and 1871. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the square meal, the 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!

World War I poster and uniform

Eisenhower and the Great War

Exhibit in the Upstairs Library Gallery until May 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 leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.

Unless noted, 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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