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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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Public Programs

  1. Evenings at Ease: "20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents"

    October 8, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    While researching her parents' lives to write their story, Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn rediscovered the treasure-trove of mementos from her father's 20-year tenure as a Secret Service Agent, which inspired her to publish a new edition of his memoir, "20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents." Vaughn will talk about her father, Rufus Wayne Youngblood, who is best known as the U.S. Secret Service agent who shielded Vice President Johnson during the tragic Kennedy assassination. Youngblood served with the Eighth Air Force in World War II, earned an industrial engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined the Secret Service in 1951. He protected Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon during his career. He retired in 1971 as the agency’s deputy director and returned to Georgia with his family until his death in 1996. This event is free and open to the public courtesy of the Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation.

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