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January 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Burnt Creek, western book cover

Ike Book Talk:  Burnt Creek by Ernest Haycox

Monday, January 8 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

"Burnt Creek" is the first title in the 2018 Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. This series of six book discussions will be held every other month throughout the year. This collection of interconnected short stories form the dramatic saga of Burnt Creek, a small crossroads town in central Oregon, populated by daring homesteaders. Here is the West as it really was, filled with people as they really were, presented by a true master. One of Ike's favorite western authors, Haycox (1899 - 1950) lived in Portland, Oregon, where he wrote more than 20 novels and 300 short stories. In 2005 the Western Writers of America voted Haycox one of the 24 best Western authors of the Twentieth Century.

All books in the 2018 series have a connection to Dwight D. Eisenhower and are available to check out from the Abilene Public Library or for purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library gift shop. The programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required.  

"Sully" movie poster

Sully, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, January 14 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, which depicts his "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing of a disabled Airbus on the frigid waters of the Hudson River in January 2009, saving the flight's passengers and crew.

The Arts Council of Dickinson County presents their Annual Winter Film Fest, showing at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitor Center beginning Sunday, January 14th, and will run through February 18th. Movies will start at 2:00 p.m. This series is sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. In conjunction with the free movie series, the Arts Council is accepting canned goods to donate to the Abilene Area Food Center. Admission to all movies is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided at no charge.  Drinks may be purchased at the Visitor Center Gift Shop.  

2016 | PG-13 | 1hr 36min

Kubo and the Two Strings movie poster

Kubo and the Two Strings, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, January 21 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior, in order to defeat this vengeful spirit. This stop-motion film features the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew McConaughey.
2016 | PG | 1 hr 41 min

Women's Army Corps recruitment poster from World War II

Never a Dull Moment: Kansan Dorothy Dull, World War II Women's Army Corps
Thursday, January 25 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Join us for a light lunch as Jeff Nelson from the Eisenhower Presidential Museum curatorial staff tells about the experiences of Dorothy Dull from Clifton, Kansas. Dorothy served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II on General MacArthur's clerical staff, and her story sheds light on the challenges faced by women stationed near the front lines. 

The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was a branch of the United States Army created during World War II when the United States was faced with fighting a two-front war. Women supplied the additional resources so desperately needed in the military and industrial sectors. Members of the WAC were the first women other than nurses to serve within the ranks of the United States Army. Over 150,000 American women served in the Women's Army Corps during the war, challenging perceptions of the traditional role of women in the workplace and in the military.

Nelson is a historian with degrees from Humboldt State University and Kansas State University. Among his specialty interests are military history and the history and memory of women in the military. 

Movie poster for "Concussion" starring Will Smith.

Concussion, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, January 28 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Will Smith stars in this dramatic thriller based on the incredible true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's quest put him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world. 
2015 | PG-13 | 2 hr 3 min

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#GivingTuesday Update

Through December 31, 2017

Ike believed, “The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship in a free form of government,” and through IKEducation, the Eisenhower Foundation continues this legacy. Since 2013, over 20,000 students have participated in these programs that place history in their hands, connecting the past to the present.

Recently, on Tuesday, November 28th, the Eisenhower Foundation participated in our first ever #GivingTuesday to raise funds for IKEducation. By the end of that day, we raised over $2,600, and our total now stands at $4,200! We invite you to join us in meeting our $5,000 goal by December 31. Please visit our website at http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/616/Ikes-Field-Trip-Fund to learn more. Help us bring more students to Abilene, Kansas, for IKEducation programs!

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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 March 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. 

Donations to the Eisenhower Foundation provide funding to support the exhibits, educational programs, and community events at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

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