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July 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Photo of half-size replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Replica Exhibit

Sunday, July 1, and Monday, July 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Museum Lobby


The Eisenhower Presidential Library will host the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica for two days only, on Sunday and Monday, July 1 and 2, 2018. This special temporary exhibit will be located inside the museum building lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. There is no fee to view this temporary display; however, regular admission fees will apply to view the Eisenhower exhibits in the library building and tour the boyhood home.

Created by the Exchange Club of Rome, Georgia, the replica is exactly half the size of the original and built with the assistance and permission of the Arlington National Cemetery. Members of the club travel cross-country with the replica to share and educate others about this memorial.

President Eisenhower is one of only three presidents to preside over a burial ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That ceremony took place 60 years ago at Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater on May 30, 1958, the solemn burial of the World War II and Korean War unknowns

Photo of the 2018 International Space Station crew from the United States and Russia.

Skype call with the International Space Station

Monday, July 2 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium 


The Eisenhower Presidential Library and the Coronado Area Council are hosting a Science and Space day for area scouts. Limited seating is available for the public to join a 20-minute Skype session. The call will take place from 12:25 to 12:45 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 12:00 p.m.

This is a unique opportunity to see and hear a live call to astronauts on the International Space Station. The photo shows the current, Expedition 56 crew. In the front row from left are astronauts Drew Feustel of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. In the rear from left are crew members Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, Ricky Arnold of NASA, Sergei Prokopev of Roscosmos and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA.

"July 4th at the National Archives" graphic with a photo of an actor in a colonial military uniform.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Live-Stream Ceremony

Wednesday, July 4 | 10:00 a.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


Watch a live broadcast of the July 4th activities at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., beginning at 10 a.m. in the Visitors Center auditorium. The program will include a presentation of colors by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Continental Color Guard, a live performance of the National Anthem by vocalist Caleb Green, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by reenactors portraying historical characters, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, John Dunlap, John Hancock, and Ned Hector. 

"Abilene Town" movie poster from 1946; "Birthplace of our Gun-Slinging Greatest...from "General Ike" on down!"

Abilene Town (film), Ike Book TALK series

Sunday, July 8 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


This 1946 film is set during the years following the Civil War, when the town of Abilene, Kansas, is on the brink of an explosive confrontation. A line has been drawn down the center of the town where the homesteaders and the cattlemen have come to a very uneasy truce. The fragile peace is inadvertantly shattered when a group of new homesteaders lay down their stakes on the cattlemen's side of town, upsetting the delicate balance that had existed thus far and sparking an all-out war between the farmers, who want the land tamed and property lines drawn, and the cowboys, who want the prairies to be open for their cattle to roam. 

Abilene Town stars Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Lloyd Bridges, Rhonda Fleming and Edgar Buchanan. Admission is free. This film is a companion to the Ike Book TALK discussion of "Trail Town" on July 9.

1946 | 1 hr 29 min 

Book cover for "Trail Town" showing the town Marshall leaning against a post, hand resting on his gun belt.

Ike Book TALK: Trail Town by Ernest Haycox  

Monday, July 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


In the town of River Bend, the end of the trail for the men who rode in with Texas cattle, Sheriff Dan Mitchell attempts to soothe the growing conflict between the lawless cowboys and the supposedly respectable citizens, and finds himself caught in the middle.

Titles in this year's Ike Book Talk series have a connection to Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a fan of western novels and of author Ernest Haycox. All books in the 2018 Kansas Humanities Council Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) series 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.

Museum curator wears white gloves to show artifacts to students.

White Glove Wednesdays

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 | 1:00 p.m. | Library Auditorium


White Glove Wednesday programs are unique opportunities for the Eisenhower Presidential Museum curatorial staff to give visitors an exclusive chance to see and learn about rarely seen artifacts from the collection. The weekly programs will be held in the Library auditorium at 1:00 p.m. and are included in the admission ticket. Learn something new about the era of Dwight D. Eisenhower!

Movie poster for "The Best Years of our Lives" with photos of the stars.

The Best Years of our Lives, World War II Film Series

Sunday, July 15 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


The Best Years of Our Lives is producer Samuel Goldwyn's classic, significant American film about the difficult, traumatic adjustments experienced by three returning World War II veterans as they return home and struggle with the physical and emotional demands of adapting to civilian life. Fredric March, (Army Sergeant Al Stephenson), Dana Andrews (Air Force bombardier Fred Derry), and Harold Russell (sailor Homer Parrish), star in this timeless portrait of the human costs of war, which won seven Academy Awards. Harold Russell, a real World War II double amputee (from a ship explosion), and one of the cast's inexperienced actors, won an honorary Oscar, "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance." Russell was also the surprise winner for Best Supporting Actor, the only time an actor has been given two Oscars for the same role. The film also stars Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Hoagy Carmichael. Free admission and free popcorn.


1946 | 2 hr 50 min

Photo of a previous display of student art work in the Presidential Library Lobby.

Arts Council Summer Youth Art Class Exhibit  

Opens Friday, July 20 | All day | Library Lobby


For more than 25 years, the Chaffee-Bradshaw Summer Art Class has taught young artists to explore drawing, painting and a variety of other art techniques. In honor of President Eisenhower's love of painting, and in partnership with the Arts Council of Dickinson County, the students' works will be displayed in the beautiful marble lobby of the Eisenhower Presidential Library through August 2, 2018.

Flyer showing a hand of five cards, "Let's Play Cards!"
Bridge-Playing Class for Kids 

Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25  |
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Library Courtyard


In partnership with Abilene's American Contract Bridge League Club, the Eisenhower Foundation is pleased to offer this class to teach kids ages 9 and older the basics of card playing and introduce them to Bridge, one of Ike's favorite card games. Participants will meet in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, July 23, 24, 25, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. each day. Class size is limited to 12 players. To register, or for more information, please email info@EisenhowerFoundation.net or call 785-263-6771.

Logo for the Kansas Cosmosphere, an International Science Education Center and Space Museum

Lunch and Learn: Kansas Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks Division 

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


The July Lunch & Learn observes the 60th anniversary of NASA. On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which led to the establishment of NASA. 

Jim Remar, President and CEO of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, will discuss the Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks Division. Since 1988, the team at SpaceWorks have created high-fidelity replicas, artifact restoration, installation of custom made display cases, exhibits and more. Their restoration work has helped to preserve the retrieved Saturn V F-1 engines from the Apollo program, the Liberty Bell 7 and the Odyssey—the Apollo 13 Command Module that calls the Cosmosphere home. Museums frequently contact the Cosmosphere for exhibit production and artifact restoration and replication.  

A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. This program is sponsored by Anita K. Miller and Angela M. Holt, Ironstone Wealth Advisors with Ameriprise Financial in Abilene, Kansas.

Flyer for the annual Bridge Tournament, with a photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower playing the card game with friends.

Eisenhower Foundation Bridge Tournament 

Saturday, July 28 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Library Courtyard


Join us Saturday, July 28, for the fifth annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Bridge Benefit to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the "Bridge Player in Chief." Proceeds benefit IKEducation, the Eisenhower Foundation's K-12 education program offered online and onsite at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Registration is $10 per person and can be paid at the door or online. This event is generously sponsored by the Abilene American Contract Bridge League Club. Call 785-263-6771 for more information.

Photo of General Eisenhower visiting with CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite, with white crosses of a military cemetery in the background.

D-Day Plus 20 Years: Eisenhower Returns to Normandy, World War II Film Series

Sunday, July 29 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium


This CBS documentary originally aired on June 6, 1964, the 20th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. CBS Evening News anchor, and World War II correspondent, Walter Cronkite and General Dwight D. Eisenhower begin at Southwick House, Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Eisenhower recalls the strategy of the attack and discusses the choice of Normandy as the site. At the Royal Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Eisenhower re-enacts his journey on D-Day, and discusses Winston Churchill. At Normandy, Eisenhower reconstructs the attack on Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach, and discusses the landings. Eisenhower  felt deeply about the responsibility of sending so many young men into battle, and expressed great reverence for the men who fought the battle. "The thing that pulled us out," he says, "was the bravery and courage and initiative of the American G.I." Walking among thousands of white crosses at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, Eisenhower states, "I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see such scenes as these." Free.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum Exhibits
Now in Library Building

Photo of 1950s campaign items popular when Eisenhower ran for President of the United State

Museum Exhibit Renovation Project Underway

Through May 2019


As we announced in May, the Eisenhower Presidential Museum redesign project is in the beginning stages! We appreciate you, our loyal donors, for making this important project possible.

Exhibits are now located in the Eisenhower Presidential 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. Currently, in the Library auditorium, short films about Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower play in a continuous loop, including a 3D virtual tour of the planned museum exhibits. In the Library lobby, visitors can view a large model of the renovated museum.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Place of Meditation, Boyhood Home, and Visitors Center will maintain regular operating hours during the project, with extended hours in June and July, 8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Boyhood Home tours are offered every 15 minutes, with the last tour of the day at 4:30 p.m. 

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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