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  1. 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: "Green Book" [2018] - Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

    February 23, 2020, 2:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    "Green Book" is inspired by the true story of Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American classical and jazz pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. They begin their trek armed with "The Negro Motorist Green Book," a guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. Co-written by Tony's son, Nick, from interviews with his father and Don Shirley, and letters his father wrote to his mother. This is the final film of the Arts Council of Dickinson County 2020 series. The film is free and open to the public. The Arts Council will accept toiletry items for donation to the Abilene Area Food Pantry.

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  2. Lunch & Learn: "Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge"

    February 27, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    "Loss and Redemption at St Vith" closes a gap in the record of the Battle of the Bulge by recounting the exploits of the 7th Armored Division in a way that no other study has. Most accounts of the Battle of the Bulge give short-shrift to the interval during which the German forward progress stopped and the American counterattack began. This narrative centers on the 7th Armored Division for the entire length of the campaign, reconsidering the story of the whole battle through the lens of a single division and accounting for the reconstitution of the Division while in combat. This program is presented by Gregory Fontenot, Lansing, Kansas, a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army. He is currently a consultant on threat emulation for Army experimentation, a military history author, and a working historian. The Lunch & Learn series is sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. RSVP not required.

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