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July 2019 Events at the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Photo of costumed interpreters portraying American historical figures from 1776, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, and John Hancock.

Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony 

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

Join us in watching a broadcast of the July 4th activities from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., beginning at 10 a.m. in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors Center auditorium. The first 100 attendees will receive a free souvenir fan. 

The program will feature a keynote speech by Cokie Roberts, journalist and author. Also included will be a presentation of colors by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Continental Color Guard, remarks by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and vocal performances of the National Anthem by Crystal Mosser and "America the Beautiful" by Caleb Green. The dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence will be presented by costumed interpreters portraying historical characters, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abigail Adams, John Dunlap, John Hancock, and Ned Hector. 

Book cover of "Our Mothers' War" featuring a photo of four Women's Air Corps members during World War II

Ike Book TALK: Our Mothers' War by Emily Yellin

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

An unprecedented portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Our Mothers' War re-creates what American women from all walks of life were doing and thinking, on the home front and abroad.  

The 2019 Ike Book TALK series is marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day by exploring some of the lesser known stories of World War II. Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) is presented by Humanities Kansas in partnership with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and the Abilene Public Library. The TALK program is for every Kansan who loves to read and discuss good books. Books in the series can be checked out of the Abilene Public Library and are also available for purchase at the Eisenhower Presidential Library gift shop. The programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

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Bridge-Playing Class for Kids

Monday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 24  |
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Library Courtyard

In partnership with the Abilene 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 22, 23, 24, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM each day. Class size is limited to 12 players. To register your child, or for more information, please email info@EisenhowerFoundation.net or call 785-263-6771. 


A photo of the 2019 White House Christmas Ornament replica of President Eisenhower's Helicopter

Lunch & Learn: The White House Historical Association and the 2019 Eisenhower Ornament

                                                      Thursday, July 25 | 12:00 Noon | Visitors Center Auditorium

The White House Historical Association's Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower, symbolizing his commitment to innovation. Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter while in office in July 1957, and thereafter the helicopter became a feature of White House life. It was often used by the president to commute short distances, demonstrating to the public and the world that it was a safe mode of transportation. The 2019 White House Christmas Ornament can be purchased from the Eisenhower Presidential Library gift shop

This program is free and open to the public courtesy of the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and the Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation.  A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.   

Photo of Ike and friends playing the card game, Bridge.

Eisenhower Foundation Bridge Tournament 

Saturday, July 27 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Library Courtyard

Join us Saturday, July 27, for the sixth 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 that is provided free to schools visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Registration is $15 per person and can be paid at the door or online. This event is generously sponsored by the Abilene Contract Bridge League Club. Call 785-263-6771 for more information or to register.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum Exhibit Renovation

 Photo of new exhibits in progress at Eisenhower Presidential Museum.


The entire museum of the Eisenhower Presidential Library will be new later this summer! The museum exhibits are still under renovation with the opening anticipated the last week of July. 

We are pleased to share this sneak peek photo as installation of new exhibits continues. The comprehensive redesign will reveal Ike and Mamie's story in their own words. New interactive features will encourage guests to engage with the exhibits and learn how Dwight D. Eisenhower remains relevant today.

We are truly grateful for your contributions to the Eisenhower Foundation’s 
Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership capital campaign which made this renovation possible. Because of your financial support, we will soon welcome guests to a new, engaging experience at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, Kansas.

The 22-acre campus remains open and temporary exhibits are on display in the library building until the museum project is complete. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in June and July, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. August through May, our campus includes:  

  • 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 – popular photo background

Unless noted, all programs are free and open to the public, thanks to your generous support.

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About the Eisenhower Foundation

The Eisenhower Foundation non-profit was formed in 1945 after the Allied victory in Europe to create a memorial to General Eisenhower. The Boyhood Home was opened in 1947 and the Museum in 1954 by the Foundation. Public and private entities raised $3.5 million to build the Library, which opened in 1962. Today, five buildings on 22 acres comprise the Eisenhower Center and includes the Presidential Library, Presidential Museum, family home, Visitors Center and Place of Meditation.

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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