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Kauffman Grant Brings Ike to Kansas City! 

Eisenhower's Middle Road at the Kansas City Public Library

Recently, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, MO, awarded a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation and Library that is bringing Ike’s legacy into the Kansas City area. In partnership with the Kansas City Public Library, Eisenhower's Middle Road exhibit will be on display in the Central Library's Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery (Central Kansas City Public Library - 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO), from January 23 through May 24, 2019.

Produced by the archival and curatorial staff of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, explores the many ways President Eisenhower, whose leadership style reflected his Midwestern upbringing, led America from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes thought impossible.

In addition to the temporary exhibit, a special public program, featuring a different scholar or author, will be presented every month at Central Library from January through May, with a meet and greet reception preceding each event. 

Eisenhower Foundation Executive Director Meredith Sleichter remarked, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Kansas City Public Library on this exhibit and related programs. Thanks to the Kauffman Foundation, we are able to share Eisenhower’s Middle Road legacy with Kansas City.”

For those in or traveling to the Kansas City area, we hope you will put these scheduled dates in your calendar, and share this with your family and friends. 

Kansas City Public Library hosts
2019 Eisenhower Exhibit and Programs

Eisenhower's Middle Road
Eisenhower's Middle Road, a special Kansas City exhibit exploring President Eisenhower's leadership style

Temporary Exhibit: Eisenhower's Middle Road 


Wednesday, January 23 - May 24, 2019 
Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery


Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership style as president reflected his practical, level-headed Midwestern roots: Work from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes saw as impossible. The exhibit, Eisenhower’s Middle Road, spotlights a prescription for peace and prosperity that guided Ike throughout his eight years in the White House. He sought balance for America—the pursuit and preservation of social gains, for instance, while refraining from government overreach. The exhibit in the Central Kansas City Public Library’s Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery explores six key areas reflecting that approach.

The exhibit was produced by the archival and curatorial staff of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas, and is presented in partnership with the Central Kansas City Public Library. This exhibit is funded by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.

Book cover of "The Age of Eisenhower" by William I. Hitchcock featuring a portrait of President Eisenhower.

The Age of Eisenhower with
William I. Hitchcock


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception |  6:30 p.m. Program

RSVP online: Central Kansas City Public Library

RSVP by phone: 816-701-3400


Dwight D. Eisenhower’s rivals painted him as old and boring, and the quiet, steady nature of the Kansas war hero turned commander-in-chief did little to rebut that. But from ending the Korean War to facing off with the Soviets, confronting McCarthyism to advancing civil rights, Ike’s achievements and influence in the White House were far-reaching. Today's historians give him his due, ranking him in a 2017 survey as America’s fifth-greatest president.  University of Virginia historian William I. Hitchcock examines that legacy in a discussion of his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s.  

This program launches a series of events coinciding with the exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road at the Central Kansas City Public Library. All are made possible by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.

Echoes of Grant graphic with portaits of Ulysses Grant and Dwight Eisenhower

"Echoes of Grant: The Second World War Leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower" with
John C. McManus


Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception |  6:30 p.m. Program

RSVP online: Central Kansas City Public Library

RSVP by phone: 816-701-3400


They led in different eras, but the parallels between Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower are striking – both successful army commanders in high-stakes conflicts and then president, with deep convictions about racial equity and determination to avoid war despite their military backgrounds. Ike, in fact, greatly admired Grant, studying everything from his leadership style to his personality traits and scouring Grant’s memoirs for lessons he could apply to the battlefield.

John McManus, a Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and one of the nation’s top military historians, examines those close connections, delving in particular into Eisenhower’s World War II military campaigns.

This presentation continues a series coinciding with the exhibit 
Eisenhower’s Middle Road at Central Kansas City Public Library. 

Photo of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

"Most Hallowed Ground: Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns" with Tom Tudor


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception |  6:30 p.m. Program
RSVP online: Central Kansas City Public Library

RSVP by phone: 816-701-3400


Arlington National Cemetery evolved from a place of necessity – set aside for a mounting wave of Civil War casualties – to sacred ground, the final resting place for more than 400,000 men and women who gave service and sacrifice to our country.

Tom Tudor, once a sentinel and commander of the relief at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the most hallowed of the cemetery’s many landmarks, traces the story of this special, 624-acre plot on the west bank of the Potomac River. Included is a look at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s place in the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, presiding over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in 1958.

This presentation continues a series coinciding with the exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road at Central Kansas City Public Library. 

Book cover of "Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World" by Louis Galambos, featuring a photo of President Eisenhower

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World with Louis Galambos


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception |  6:30 p.m. Program
RSVP online: Central Kansas City Public Library

RSVP by phone: 816-701-3400


As the editor of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s papers – all 21 volumes – Louis Galambos might know more about the military hero turned commander-in-chief than anyone alive. In a discussion of his new book Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World, Galambos explores the shifts in Ike’s identity and reputation over his lifetime and how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. With the help of Brig. Gen. and mentor Fox Conner, Eisenhower learned as a career military officer to profit from his mistakes and pivot quickly. In the White House, he embraced compromise and coalition building. Galambos is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. 

This presentation continues a series coinciding with the exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road at Central Kansas City Public Library. 

Artist drawing of new museum exhibit featuring General Eisenhower's World War Two staff car.

"The Road to Abilene" with Tim Rives and William Snyder


Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. Reception |  6:30 p.m. Program
RSVP online: Central Kansas City Public Library

RSVP by phone: 816-701-3400


"Ike and Mamie deserve the best." 

That mantra, referencing 34th president Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, has driven a full, $9.75-million redesign of the museum exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, Kansas. With completion and reopening scheduled for 2019, it entails renovation of the 25,000-square-foot exhibit space and the creation of a number of new museum exhibits.

Tim Rives, supervisory archivist and deputy director of the Eisenhower Library and Museum, and Curator William Snyder will examine the ambitious project and lead an interactive discussion of the function and importance of presidential libraries. 

This program concludes the speaker series coinciding with the exhibit Eisenhower’s Middle Road at the Central Kansas City Public Library. All are made possible by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri.

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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