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November 2018 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Visitors admire student artwork displayed in the Library lobby.

Ike Book TALK (film): Bugles in the Afternoon

Sunday, November 4 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Remember to "fall back" an hour and reset your clocks!
The 1952 movie, Bugles in the Afternoon, is an adaptation of Custer's Last Stand, based on the 1943 book by Ernest Haycox. Ray Milland plays Kern Shafter, an Army Colonel who was stripped of his rank and dishonorably discharged for attacking another officer, Captain Edward Garnett (Hugh Marlowe), during the Civil War. Ten years later, Shafter finds himself on a cavalry outpost in the Dakota Territory, under the command of the very same officer. The action culminates at the Battle of Little Big Horn. The film also stars Helena Carter, Forrest Tucker, and George Reeves. Watch the film today and come back tomorrow night to join the book discussion.

Wearing white gloves, a museum staff member holds a large, football-shaped presidential campaign pin that reads, "Let's back Eisenhower in 1956."

Ike Book TALK: Bugles in the Afternoon, by Ernest Haycox

Monday, November 5 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Rumors of a campaign against Sitting Bull cut through the Cavalry ranks like a cold wind. Who would lead the charge? In Bugles in the Afternoon, legendary Western writer Ernest Haycox relates a compelling tale of Custer’s famed Seventh Cavalry and its fate at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in a balanced mix of action, exposition, and history. Originally published in 1943, this classic work was reprinted in 2003.

Titles in this year's Ike Book Talk series, in partnership with the 2018 Humanities Kansas 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 book discussion programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. 

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Election Day - VOTE!

Tuesday, November 6 | Local Polling Locations

Today is Election Day across the United States. Contact your local election office for more information about voting hours and locations.

Dwight D. Eisenhower felt very strongly about civic responsibility. In his State of the Union address on January 7, 1960, President Eisenhower stated, "In the long perspective of history, the right to vote has been one of the strongest pillars of a free society. Our first duty is to protect this right against all encroachment."

If you have not yet cast your ballot in this election, please make time to do so today!

Flyer for Business After Hours at the Eisenhower Presidential Library on November 8, 2018.

Business After Hours Open House with Abilene Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 8 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Library Courtyard

The Eisenhower Presidential Library will host Business After Hours on November 8 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Guests will hear an update on the Eisenhower Presidential Museum exhibit renovation process. The Eisenhower Story temporary exhibit will be open for viewing in the upper level of the Library. Business After Hours is a monthly networking event co-hosted by the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce and a local Chamber member business. These events help create new connections and build professional relationships. For more information, contact the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce, (785) 263-1770, or email chamber@abileneks.net.

Veterans Day: Honoring all who served, over a photo of a soldier saluting the American flag.

Veterans Day Program: World War I and Soldier Poetry with Tim Dayton and Tim Rives

Sunday, November 11 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium  

Family and historical documents show that soldiers from every country involved in World War I (1917 - 1919) wrote poetry. On Veterans Day, Tim Dayton and Tim Rives will share how important and useful this soldier poetry can be in studying the experiences of American service members in the First World War. Tim Dayton is a Professor in the Department of English, Kansas State University. Dayton is part of a team building a digital archive of American First World War poetry, and recently completed a book manuscript on American Poetry and the First World War. Tim Rives, Eisenhower Presidential Library Deputy Director, is an Army veteran, serving as a Voice Intercept Operator and Photojournalist. He earned degrees from Wichita State University and Emporia State University. Rives joined the archival team at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 2008 after 10 years with the National Archives in Kansas City.

Photo of a museum technician showing artifacts to students.

White Glove Wednesdays

Wednesdays, November 14, 21, 28 | 1:00 p.m. | 
Library Auditorium

White Glove Wednesday programs are unique opportunities for visitors to see and learn about rarely seen artifacts from the holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. These weekly, informal programs will be held in the Library auditorium at 1:00 p.m. and are included in your admission ticket. The audience can ask questions and get a closer look at the featured artifacts. Learn something new about the era of Dwight D. Eisenhower! 

Book cover for "Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of Work War Two" by James Holland

Evenings at Ease: Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of WWII with acclaimed English World War II historian James Holland

Tuesday, November 20 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

In the early days of 1944, as the build-up to D-Day intensified, an audacious plan was taking shape. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe and at the same time draw the German fighter force into aerial battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this aerial offensive quickly became known as “Big Week,” one of the turning-point engagements of World War II. A massive airborne assault was unleashed on February 20, 1944, with the Americans launching thousand-bomber raids by day while the Royal Air Force (RAF) attacked at night.

As 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the RAF, acclaimed World War II historian James Holland has chronicled the massive air battle through interviews, oral histories, diaries, and official records. Holland follows the fortunes of pilots, crew, and civilians on both sides, taking readers from command headquarters to fighter cockpits to anti-aircraft positions and civilian chaos on the ground. In the end, the six days of intense air battles largely cleared the skies of enemy aircraft when the invasion took place on June 6, 1944.

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Thanksgiving Day: All Buildings Closed

Thursday, November 22

All buildings on the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home campus will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  

Regular hours, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., will resume on Friday, November 23, 2018.

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Museum Store Sunday - Shopping Discounts!

Sunday, November 25 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. |
Visitors Center Gift Shop

Museum Store Sunday is a special invitation for you and your family to visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum gift shop on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2018. Holiday shoppers will not only find inspirational and educational gifts, but through their purchases will also support the museum. Products have been carefully selected to reflect the life and legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the era in which he lived. Shoppers will receive a 10% discount all day. Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation must show their current membership card to receive a 20% discount. Contact our office at 785-263-6771 or by email to replace a lost card or renew your membership.

Movie poster for "Night at the Museum" featuring Ben Stiller as the night watchman.

Museum Store Sunday - Free Family Movie:
Night at the Museum

Sunday, November 25 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Bring the family to see the temporary exhibit, The Eisenhower Story, in the Presidential Library (with admission ticket), receive shopping discounts in the gift shop during Museum Store Sunday, and see a fun family film to kick off the holiday season. Admission to the movie is free!

Night at the Museum, (2006) is the first movie in the popular series. Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast including Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, and Paul Rudd in this hilarious blockbuster hit. When Larry Daley (Stiller) is hired as night watchman at the Museum of Natural History he soon discovers that an ancient curse brings all the exhibits to life after the sun sets. With the help of President Teddy Roosevelt (Williams) Larry may just figure out a way to control the chaos and become a hero in his son's eyes. 

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Giving Tuesday: Support Ike's Field Trip Fund!

Tuesday, November 27 through Monday, December 31

Help the Eisenhower Foundation celebrate 5 years of IKEducation programs by participating in #GivingTuesday beginning Tuesday, November 27. We hope to raise $10,000 by December 31 for IKEducation, the innovative K-12 program we offer online and onsite at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Ike believed, “The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship,” and through IKEducation, the Eisenhower Foundation continues this legacy. Since 2013, over 28,000 students and teachers have participated in programs onsite. Giving Tuesday donations will go to Ike's Field Trip Fund, providing travel grants for school groups visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

For more details or to make an online donation: Support Ike's Field Trip Fund.  Donations can also be mailed to the Eisenhower Foundation at P.O. Box 295, Abilene, KS  67410. Please write "Giving Tuesday" on the memo line. 

Eisenhower Presidential Museum Renovation

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

Temporary Exhibit in the Presidential Library

Through May 2019

The museum is currently undergoing a complete exhibit redesign. While there is no access to the museum, exhibits are located in the library building. The anticipated complete date is June 2019. This grassroots effort is being funded completely through donations to the Eisenhower Foundation’s Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership capital campaign. We appreciate you, our loyal donors, for making this important project possible.

The 22-acre campus has a lot of ground to cover. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

  • Boyhood home with guided tours showcasing original furnishings
  • Library building featuring exhibits and supplemental videos
  • Place of Meditation – the final resting place of President and Mrs. Eisenhower
  • Visitors Center with overview film and gift shop
  • Eisenhower statue – great photo op!
The Eisenhower Story

This specially curated in-house exhibit is on display in the library building for the duration of the museum renovation. This exhibit provides an overview of Dwight and Mamie’s life featuring nearly 200 artifacts – many of them never before displayed.

Support us when you shop this holiday season! Buy your gifts and holiday essentials at smile.amazon.com and select Eisenhower Foundation as your favorite charity. You shop. Amazon donates.

Savvy Shopping for the Holidays

With the holiday season fast-approaching, thoughts will soon turn to gift shopping. Because we are located in a wonderful small town with unique stores, we encourage you to shop locally first. If you're looking for items that can't be found in your local area, Amazon, the popular shopping website, has made it very easy to support the Eisenhower Foundation every time you shop. Simply click in the box above to visit AmazonSmile and confirm that you want to support the Eisenhower Foundation. Then, remember to start your online shopping at smile.amazon.com. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Eisenhower Foundation. There is no additional cost to you. All you have to do is shop! 

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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