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October 2017 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Poster for Songs of the Lost. Image of U.S. World War II soldier walking alone toward a village church spire.

Songs of the Lost: Music, Stories & Images of World War II by Bryan Pinkall

Tuesday, October 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

"Songs of the Lost" is an immersive recital by Grammy and Emmy award-winning musician Bryan Pinkall. The evening will feature music from victims of World War II, including American band leader Glenn Miller, plus new work by US Army Captain Patrick Dittamo inspired by poetry from the only survivor of both atomic blasts, Yamaguchi Tsutomu. The accompanying multi-media experience will transport attendees to the World War II era using vintage film footage.  Dr. Bryan Pinkall is an Assistant Professor, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, at Kansas State University.

Dr. Pinkall, a native of Great Bend, Kansas, received a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.  Specializing in the production of large artistic events, Pinkall was an artistic director for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony which earned four Primetime Emmy nominations, winning one.

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidential Portrait

Honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower's
127th Birthda

Friday, October 13 | beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14 | all day
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum Campus

Join us for a weekend of festivities that will honor and pay tribute to "The Man from Abilene," Dwight D. Eisenhower. This year marks the 127th anniversary of Ike's birthday. Planned events include:

Friday, October 13
4:30 p.m. - VFW Vigil begins, Place of Meditation

Saturday, October 14
7:00 a.m. - VFW Vigil ends, Place of Meditation
10:30 a.m. - Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony, Place of Meditation
10:45 a.m. - American Legion Pilgrimage, Eisenhower Statue
6:00 p.m. - Eisenhower Legacy Gala, Library Courtyard.  Tickets required. Please visit our website.

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Live Stream: The Vietnam War with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Tuesday, October 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will host a live stream webcast from the National Archives in Washington, DC. Journalist Cokie Roberts will moderate a discussion with directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their PBS documentary series, "The Vietnam War", in conjunction with the November 10 opening of the US National Archives exhibit, "Remembering Vietnam". This program is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of L3 Technologies.

Let's Promote Hope

Let's Promote Hope -
Operation Veterans Suicide Outreach

Sunday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m. | Library Courtyard

This program, in partnership with Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Chapter 21-1, raises awareness about the number of veterans who commit suicide everyday. This event will feature guest speakers, and the CVMA will lead the group in conducting 23 pushups. The 23 pushups signify the number of veterans lost each day to suicide, plus one for America. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome, but not required, to participate in the pushups.

See This Traveling Exhibit Before it Closes October 11

Cowboy equipment in the traveling exhibit The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West

August 24 - October 11 | Library Lobby

This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design in partnership with Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. The Chisholm Trail revitalized the cattle industry following the Civil War, and gave rise to the iconic American cowboy. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, “The Old Chisholm Trail,” video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail. Younger visitors can create their own brands with the "Brand Your Beeves" interactive station.  This exhibit will soon be hitting the trail to a new location, remaining at the Eisenhower Presidential Library only through October 11.

Explore These Continuing Temporary Exhibits 

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 the Chisholm Trail, which brought nearly two 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 in 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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