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March 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Funny Face, 1957 movie poster

Funny Face, Royer Film Festival

Thursday, March 1 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

While on an assignment, New York City-based fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is struck by the beauty of Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), a shy bookstore employee he's photographed by accident, who he believes has the potential to become a successful model. Jo accepts a modeling contract only because it includes a trip to Paris. Hepburn does her own singing in this 1957 musical directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain).

This year marks the 27th Annual Paul H. Royer Film Festival, which offers movies free to the public. This series is sponsored by Robert H. (Hank) Royer, Jr., in memory of his grandfather who was an Abilene (Kansas) High School classmate of Dwight D. Eisenhower and a founding member of the Eisenhower Foundation.

1957 | 1 hr 43 min

Corset circa 1878

Speaking of Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies’ Underwear by Ellie Carlson

Saturday, March 3 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Ellie Carlson returns to Abilene to entertain and educate the audience. This free presentation will unveil facts, expose myths and include stories from real women, past and present, about "unmentionables." According to Carlson, "Women’s fashions are shaped, literally and figuratively, by their underclothes. Delicate pieces of linen and lace, stiff corsets, and sturdy hoops and bustles are fascinating to modern eyes. They are the unseen history of an era." Participants will also view actual examples of historic underwear. Ladies, bring your friends!  Gentlemen, you're welcome, too!

Carlson, of "Ellie Presents," Chicago, Illinois, is a museum curator with 30 years of experience in small to mid-sized museums and a first-person interpreter portraying several women from the 19th and 20th centuries. Carlson has a B.A. from Roosevelt University and a Masters of Historical Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.
"An Affair to Remember" movie poster featuring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

An Affair to Remember, Royer Film Festival

Thursday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

After meeting on an ocean liner en route from Europe to New York, a couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at top of the Empire State Building - but will it happen? Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this 1957 film, considered one of the most romantic movies of all time, and nominated for four Oscars.  Free admission.

1957 | 1 hr 55 min

"All the King's Men" 1949 movie poster

Ike Book Talk (Film): All the King's Men
Sunday, March 11 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

This 1949 film is based upon the Pulitzer Prize novel "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren. Broderick Crawford won an Oscar for his portrayal of bull-headed, backwoods politician Willie Stark in this powerful drama about political and personal corruption and the corrosive effects of power on the human soul. The story was inspired by the rise and fall of Huey P. Long, Louisiana's governor and one-time senator. Free admission.

1949 | 1 hr 50 min

"All the King's Men" book cover art

Ike Book Talk:  All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Monday, March 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

"All the King's Men" is a tale of power and corruption in the Depression-era South as it portrays the dramatic political rise and governorship of Willie Stark. Based loosely on the life and times of former Louisiana Governor, Huey P. Long, one central theme of the novel is that all actions have consequences, and that it is impossible for an individual to stand aloof and be a mere observer of life. Originally published in 1946 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1947, "Time" magazine and Modern Library each list "All the King's Men" among the top 100 novels. The book's title is drawn from the nursery rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty," as well as Huey P. Long's slogan, "Every man a king."

Linda Lewis will facilitate this discussion of the second title in the 2018 Ike Book Talk series, presented as part of the 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. 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.  

Movie poster for "A Hatful of Rain" 1957

A Hatful of Rain, Royer Film Festival

Thursday, March 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

A Korean war veteran who was wounded in action requires extensive painkilling medication while healing and becomes addicted to heroin. "A Hatful of Rain" recounts the terrible toll this addiction takes on himself and his family. The frank depiction of drug addiction in a feature film was a rarity at the time of this film's release in 1957. The cast includes Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa and Lloyd Nolan. Free admission.

1957 | 1 hr 49 min

"We Can Do It!" World War II poster of "Rosie the Riveter"

Lunch and Learn: Meet a real "Rosie the Riveter"

Thursday, March 22 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Plan to attend this noon presentation and hear from a real-life "Rosie the Riveter," Connie Palacioz, who went to work at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, after graduating from high school in 1943. Palacioz was a riveter on the B-29 "Superfortress" bombers, working on the forward section of the planes. One of the bombers she helped build in 1945 was the B-29 named "Doc," which has recently been refurbished by volunteers, including Palacioz, who is now 93 years old. Palacioz will be accompanied by Josh Wells, who also assisted with the restoration of the B-29 Superfortress, which is one of only two flying B-29s in the world.  A light lunch will be provided at noon.  This free program is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation. 

The Easter Bunny visits the Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll

Annual Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll

Saturday, March 31 | 1:00 p.m. | Eisenhower Center Campus

Join us for the 6th annual Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas. This event is modeled after the White House Easter Egg Roll which has taken place in our nation's Capitol since the 1870s, except for a period of twelve years beginning during World War II. President and Mrs. Eisenhower revived the tradition in 1953.

The Eisenhower Foundation partners with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department to welcome hundreds of children and their families to Ike's boyhood home each year on the Saturday before Easter. The Easter egg hunt begins promptly at 1:00, followed by several activity stations including an egg roll, face painting, petting zoo, craft area, prize walk, Museum scavenger hunt and an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny! 

The 2018 Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll is sponsored by Family Eye Care, Bert & Wetta Sales and Pinnacle Bank, all of Abilene, Kansas.

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.

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!

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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