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Annual Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll

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


The 6th annual Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll is Saturday, March 31, 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 capital 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 take a photo 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.

April 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

April is Holocaust Remembrance Month


"The Zookeeper's Wife" photo from movie of star Jessica Chastain holding a lion cub.

The Zookeeper's WifeArts Council of Dickinson County Holocaust Film

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


The real-life story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who became heroes to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned - and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of "Captain America: Civil War"). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance - and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. Based on the book by Diane Ackerman. Free admission.

2017 | 2 hr 7 min | PG-13

Remembering Vietnam graphic with silhouette of Vietnam soldier in front of U.S. flag

Remembering Vietnam Symposium

Saturday, April 14 | 10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


The Eisenhower Presidential Library is offering a day-long symposium to honor Vietnam veterans and their families. Keynote speaker Chris Lovett, Vietnam veteran and professor of history at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, will begin the day by presenting an overview of the Vietnam War.

10:00 a.m. - Keynote: Chris Lovett
11:15 a.m. - Vietnam Policy panel discussion
  2:00 p.m. - Vietnam Veterans panel discussion
  3:30 p.m. - Vietnam: Then and Now presentation

This program is free. The public is welcome to attend any or all sessions. 

"Schindler's List" movie poster including the phrase, Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

Schindler's List, Arts Council of Dickinson County Holocaust Film

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who moved to Nazi-occupied Poland to open a factory and employ Jews at starvation wages. His goal was to become a millionaire. By the end of World War II, he had risked his life and spent his fortune bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the death camps, all the while defrauding the Nazis with a munitions factory that never produced a single usable shell.  Also starring Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. Admission is free.

1993 | 3 hr 15 min | R
Holocaust Remembrance graphic with barbed wire, lit candles, and the Star of David.

Lunch and Learn: "The United States and the Holocaust"

Thursday, April 26 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Month, the April Lunch and Learn program will feature Mike Russell speaking about "The United States and the Holocaust."  
Russell, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, initiated Holocaust Remembrance Week on that campus in 2007. Over the past decade, Kansas Wesleyan University has developed a working relationship with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which has provided survivor speakers and documents and photos for campus 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!

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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