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Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your year-end donations. We received a record number!  Rest assured, we were able to process all donations even during the partial government shutdown. As a nonprofit organization, the Eisenhower Foundation staff continues to work during any government shutdown, although we do so remotely as our office is in the Eisenhower Presidential Library, a federal facility. Like so many across the country, our federal colleagues were furloughed and all buildings were closed during the recent shutdown. This included the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, which caused work to cease on our exhibit renovation project. Contractors are returning to the job-site and we are working with the construction manager to determine the impact on our completion timeline.

The Eisenhower Foundation staff is very pleased to be back in our office, and we look forward to serving you in 2019.  Should any future government shutdown occur, please see the calendar at bottom of our website homepage for the most current information about programs and events.

February 2019 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

"Wonder" movie poster featuring actors Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

Wonder, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, February 3 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by R.J. Palacio, this 2017 film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences caused by Treacher Collins syndrome who enters fifth grade and confronts the challenges of attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite his new classmates and the community and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, with Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs. 

Yes, we know this is Super Bowl Sunday. You can bring your friends and family to the movie, shop in our "I Like Ike" store, and still be home in time to watch the big game, or the Super Bowl commercials, whichever you prefer.

Admission to the movie is free. Please join the Arts Council in helping Dickinson County residents by bringing toiletry items for the local food pantry.

2017 | PG | 1hr 53 min

Community Open House sign

Community Open House

Sunday, Feb. 10 | 1:00  p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

The buildings on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum were closed during the 35-day government shutdown. We missed you and are glad to be open!  Let's celebrate with some sweet treats and special deals just in time for Valentine's Day. Check the calendar on our website homepage for updates as we finalize details.

Library Director Dawn Hammatt will make brief remarks at 1:30 in the Visitors Center auditorium.  At 2:00, "The Glass Castle" movie will be shown for free. See below.

Photo from the movie, "The Glass Castle," showing a family of five around an old blue and white station wagon car.

The Glass Castle, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, February 10 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

This 2017 drama is based on the memoir by Jeannette Walls. The movie chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts.

Admission to the movie is free. Please join the Arts Council in helping Dickinson County residents by bringing toiletry items for the local food pantry.

2017 | PG-13 | 2 hr 7 min

Book cover: "Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler" featuring a photo of President Eisenhower and Robert Cutler

Evenings at Ease: Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler with author Peter Shinkle

Tuesday, February 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Author Peter Shinkle kicks off the 2019 Evenings at Ease series, talking about his new book, Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler. President Eisenhower’s National Security Advisor Robert “Bobby” Cutler shaped US Cold War strategy in far more consequential ways than previously understood. A lifelong Republican, Cutler also served three Democratic presidents. Cutler shunned the limelight, leading him to be dubbed "the Mystery Man of the White House." While Cutler’s contributions to the public sphere may not have received, until now, the consideration they deserve, the story of his private life has never before been told. 

Cutler worked with secrets in both his professional and private lives. He was influential in the passage of legislation that restricted the rights of homosexual Americans to hold civil service positions, an act of painful self-repression: Cutler was secretly gay. Shinkle depicts a man torn between his private life as a gay man and an overwhelming sense of civic duty during the “lavender scare,” an anti-gay offshoot of the Cold War persecution of suspected communists in American government. He left behind a revealing six-volume diary detailing his struggles, to which Shinkle gained access.

Peter Shinkle worked as an investigative journalist for many years, most recently with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shinkle is the great-nephew of Robert Cutler. It was during a family vacation in 2006, long after Cutler’s death, that his mother and aunt told him that their "Uncle Bobby" was gay. That sparked a 12-year endeavor to explore the story of the man who was one of President Eisenhower's closest advisors. Shinkle’s access to primary source documents and his meticulous research into the life of his great-uncle enable him to produce an extremely intricate portrait of an influential American. This programs is free and open to the public.

"Won't You be my Neighbor?" movie poster featuring Mister Rogers

Won't You Be My Neighbor, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, February 17 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a closer look at the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Mister Fred Rogers, America's favorite neighbor. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Admission to the movie is free. Please join the Arts Council in helping Dickinson County residents by bringing toiletry items for the local food pantry.

2017 | PG-13 | 1 hr 34 min

Movie poster for "The Post" featuring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

The Post, Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

Sunday, February 24 | 2:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium

Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks team up for the first time in this thrilling film based on a true story. In 1971, determined to uphold the nation’s civil liberties, Katharine Graham (Streep), publisher of The Washington Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. But the two must risk their careers –– and their freedom –– to bring truth to light in this powerful film with a celebrated cast.

Admission to the movie is free. Please join the Arts Council in helping Dickinson County residents by bringing toiletry items for the local food pantry.

2017 | PG-13 | 1 hr 56 min

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

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

** Two presentations:

Kansas City, Missouri  Wednesday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Meet and Greet reception at 6:00 p.m.
Central Kansas City Public Library | RSVP 

Abilene, Kansas  Thursday, February 28 | 12:00 p.m. | Visitors Center Auditorium
Eisenhower Presidential Library
Light lunch provided; first come, first served. RSVP not required. 

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 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 program is funded by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, MO, and presented in partnership with the Central Kansas City Public Library. 

Please note: John McManus will speak in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 27, and in Abilene, Kansas, on February 28. See times above.

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 Eisenhower Presidential Museum is currently undergoing a complete exhibit redesign, with an anticipated completion date of 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.

Exhibits are located in the library building while the museum renovation is underway.  Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., there is a lot to see on our 22-acre campus.  

  • 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.

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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