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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. Veterans Day: Free Admission All Day

    November 11, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home

    World War I ended on November 11, 1918, and that date was long observed as Armistice Day. President Eisenhower signed legislation 65 years ago, in 1954, "to expand the significance of Armistice Day and to change its name to Veterans Day ... in order that a grateful nation ... may pay proper homage to all its veterans ..." On that first Veterans Day, November 11, 1954, President Eisenhower was in Abilene, Kansas, for the formal dedication of the Eisenhower Museum. The museum was originally built as a memorial to all veterans, at Ike's insistence, and later became his Presidential Museum. Last month, the museum was rededicated following a complete renovation. This Veterans Day, we invite the public to enjoy free admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home to pay homage to General Eisenhower and all who served in World War II, and to remember and honor all members of the United States Military.

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