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  1. De Gaulle / Eisenhower: Alliance and Friendship in War and Peace

    September 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 2, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Museum Special Exhibit Gallery

    General Charles de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. The two met for the first time in June 1943 in Algiers, and De Gaulle presented Eisenhower with the Cross of Companion of Liberation in June 1945. Both were heads of state during the Cold War. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of these great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum), to create this exhibition, which will contribute to strengthening the bonds between France and the United States. We are grateful to The First Alliance Foundation and the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, presenting sponsors, for bringing this exceptional exhibit to Abilene, Kansas.

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  2. Eisenhower's Middle Road

    October 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - March 31, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Library 2nd Floor 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. This exhibit explores six key areas reflecting that approach. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home provided content and design. Work/research was funded by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri. We extend special appreciation to the David Woods Kemper Foundation, presenting sponsor of this exhibit.

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Public Programs

  1. Movie: "The Peanut Butter Falcon" [2019] - Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

    January 26, 2020, 2:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    This comedy-drama follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome ( Zack Gottsagen), who runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Zak befriends a wayward fisherman on the run (Shia LaBeouf) who becomes his unlikely coach and ally. They set out on a wild, life-changing journey subsisting mainly on peanut butter, which leads to Zak's wrestling persona: The Peanut Butter Falcon. The film's writer-directors met Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, at a camp for actors with disabilities, and crafted “The Peanut Butter Falcon” specifically for him. They made his character a little guy with a big heart, and big dreams and let him have his hero’s journey. The films in this series are free and open to the public, with free popcorn available. You're invited to bring toiletry items which the Arts Council will donate to the Abilene Area Food Pantry.

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