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Eisenhower Presidential Museum Will Get a New Look!

Drawing of planned I Like Ike exhibit in Museum redesign project.

Exhibit Redesign Project Moves into Construction Phase

Monday, May 14 


The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum recently announced the commencement of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum redesign project that you, our loyal donors have made possible!

"This is an exciting time for all of us. With new scholarship and technology, the redesign will offer visitors many reasons to keep coming back. Ike and Mamie deserve the best and that is our goal," states Dawn Hammatt, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Beginning May 14, 2018, exhibits will be located in the library building while the renovation project is underway in the museum. The work will encompass the museum's entire 25,000 square foot exhibit space and is expected to take 12 months. The Eisenhower Presidential Library campus will maintain regular operating hours during the project, 9 a.m to 4:45 p.m. daily, with extended hours in June and July, 8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Boyhood Home tours are offered every 15 minutes.

"We are so grateful for our partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation," said Hammatt. "They have worked very hard raising funds from private donors to make this project a reality."

The Eisenhower Foundation is grateful for the generosity of donors across the country. Your contributions have allowed us to stay on schedule for the museum to reopen in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019. To date, we have raised 84% of our total $11.75 million goal and we are confident that, with the help of Ike supporters everywhere, we will complete the campaign by the end of 2018.

May 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

"From Here to Eternity" movie poster

From Here to EternityWorld War II film series

Sunday, May 6 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


In this landmark 1953 film, passion and tragedy collide on a Hawaiian military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess. Based on James Jones' acclaimed war novel of the same name. Free admission and free popcorn.

1953 | 1 hr 58 min | Not Rated

Andrew Och's new book "Unusual for Their Time: On the Road with America's First Ladies Vol. 2"

Mother's Day Tea with the First Ladies Man 

Saturday, May 12 | 11:00 a.m | Library Courtyard


The popular Mother's Day Tea
program this year features Andrew Och, an award-winning television producer and author. In 2012, he began a historical journey as he traversed America for over a year documenting the lives of every First Lady for the C-SPAN series "First Ladies: Influence & Image." He offers a fresh look and a new passion to an often overlooked subject in American History. Andrew Och has published two books from his research, "Unusual For Their Time: On the Road with America's First Ladies," Volumes One and Two. 

Reservations are required before May 7. Tickets are $15 each. Purchase tickets online or mail a check to the Eisenhower Foundation, PO Box 295, Abilene, KS, 67410.

"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" book cover

Ike Book TALK: Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Monday, May 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart offers a female perspective on the American frontier experience. This collection of letters chronicle the life of a young widow as she traveled west with her small daughter to Wyoming, taking a job as housekeeper for a Scottish cattleman, whom she eventually married. The letters were written from 1909 to 1913 to her former employer in Denver who showed them to a friend at "The Atlantic Monthly" magazine, where they were first published in 1914. Stewart's vivid stories of humor, tragedy and memorable characters who lived and worked in the Burntfork area of Wyoming in the early twentieth century captivated readers. She continued to write for publication and used the royalties to purchase much needed ranch supplies and equipment. The original ranch house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Veterans Memoir Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 a.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


To commemorate 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, Humanities Kansas is partnering with several organizations, including the Eisenhower Presidential Library, for a statewide project, “Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War.” Published poet and writing instructor, Al Ortolani, will discuss with attendees how to use notes, drafts, journal entries, and other methods to create moving and honest writing. Participants will have the opportunity to submit collected stories to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. 

This workshop is free and open to the public. Writing experience is not required. 
For more information, contact Pam Sanfilippo at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, 785-263-6754.

Tora! Tora! Tora! movie promotional photo showing Japanese fighter planes bombing U.S. ships at Pearl Harbor

Tora! Tora! Tora!, World War II film series

Sunday, May 20 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


This dramatic retelling of the December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack details the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Japan plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Key American personnel ignored warnings of the possibility of Japanese aggression. The first part of the film divides scenes from both countries. Part two contains spectacular battle scenes of the bombing that destroyed the American naval base of operations in Hawaii. This 1970 film remains an insightful and well crafted World War II action drama that was the result of years of negotiations between the United States and Japan. Free admission and free popcorn.

1970 | 2 hr 24 min | G

Book cover for "Ultimate Insiders" showing the U.S. Capitol building through a camera lens.

Lunch and Learn: "Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History" with author Kenneth T. Walsh

Thursday, May 24 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Virtually unknown to the public or historians, White House photographers have developed amazing access to the Presidents of the United States over the past half-century. In this book, long-time White House Correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh tells their stories, emphasizing observations about the presidents the photographers got to know so well along with other key figures close to those presidents.

This book shows how official White House photographers have morphed into ultimate insiders within the American presidency. The "photogs" have often become close friends with the presidents they served.  Acting not only as image makers but as visual historians, they have built pictorial chronicles of the presidency, intimate narratives of America’s leaders in public and private, showing how they dealt with everyday life as well as moments of great crisis and opportunity. Images created by White House photographers can make or break a presidential administration as well as define an era.
A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation.

Memorial Day, Remember & Honor

Memorial Day Ceremony 

Monday, May 28 | 9:45 a.m. | Flag pole, east side of campus


Local VFW and American Legion chapters will lead this ceremony honoring those who gave their lives while serving in America's armed forces. 

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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