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October 12, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Museum Temporary Gallery
The Eisenhower Legacy Gala is an annual event hosted by the Eisenhower Foundation. Held at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, this special evening honors the legacy and continued relevance of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Due to space limitations, this event is by invitation only and tickets must be purchased in advance. This year's gala celebrates the rededication of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and continues the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Our special guest speaker is World War II veteran Jim Sharp of Manhattan, Kansas, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 1st Infantry Division, earning numerous battlefield decorations. In the fall of 1945 Sharp was selected as a Sergeant of the Guard at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, where top Nazi leaders during World War II were put on trial for war crimes. Sharp has written two books, “Sgt. of the Guard at Nuremberg” and “Diary of a Combat Infantryman.”
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.