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Exhibits

  1. Eisenhower Exhibits Now Located in Presidential Library

    May 14, 2018 - July 31, 2019 @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    While the Eisenhower Presidential Museum undergoes a comprehensive redesign, the exhibits are located in the Presidential Library building. Visitors will see "The Eisenhower Story," with highlights of the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower from his boyhood in Abilene, Kansas, to his leadership development through both World Wars, and his two terms in the White House as the 34th President of the United States.

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Public Programs

  1. IKEducation D-Day Hands on History Stations: Omaha Beach, 101st Airborne, Insignia, and Flat Ike

    June 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Museum steps

    Bring your family early on Saturday, June 1, for some fun with history. The Eisenhower Foundation's IKEducation staff will offer two activity stations under the portico of the Museum entrance. The station for middle to secondary grades will provide exploration of D-Day artifacts from Omaha Beach and the 101st Airborne. Students can even step into the iconic photo of Ike talking to paratroopers just prior to the invasion. The station for elementary and intermediate grades, will provide exploration and activities with the shoulder patch insignia used by SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) and many of the U.S. troop divisions who fought on D-Day. Kids will also have the opportunity to grab their cameras and participate in a “Flat Ike” activity that familiarizes them with the iconic statue of General Eisenhower and several other features on the Eisenhower Presidential Center’s campus.

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  2. Symphony at Sunset - 75th D-Day Commemoration Concert and Activities

    June 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library campus

    The 2019 concert will observe the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in World War II. Spend the afternoon and evening on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. Noon - Military re-enactors, children's activities, food vendors open; Noon - Pop-Up Museum: Personal World War II artifacts, photos and memorabilia on display. 3:30 - World War II veteran Louis Graziano speaking at the Visitors Center; 6:30 & 8 p.m. - Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard demonstration; 6:50 - Jayhawk Commemorative Air Force Flyover: World War II-era airplanes. Library steps: 5:30 p.m. - Everyday Lights concert; 7:00 p.m. - Fort Riley's 1st Infantry Division Band; 8:30 p.m. - Salina Symphony performance. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and bug spray! Some folding chairs will be available. Rain location is Abilene High

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  3. Little Ike Story Time at the Boyhood Home

    June 1, 2019, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Eisenhower Boyhood Home

    This activity is for pre-K and elementary ages of children who would like to learn about the boy call "Little Ike" who would grow up to lead the greatest military invasion in U.S. History. Participants will listen to a story book and explore artifacts typical of Ike's boyhood. Sessions begin at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 and will last about 30 minutes. Please bring your own chairs or a blanket for seating on the ground near the Eisenhower Boyhood Home.

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  4. Special Guest Speaker: Louis Graziano, World War II Veteran of Omaha Beach and Battle of the Bulge

    June 1, 2019, 3:30 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Entering the service in New York at the age of 20, Louis Graziano's World War II experiences include landing with the third wave on D-Day on Omaha Beach, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and served on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff at Reims, France, when Germany surrendered. On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Graziano will share his wartime and life experiences at 3:30 in the Visitors Center Auditorium. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear what it was like to be a young soldier before, during and after World War II from someone who lived through it. Graziano's book, "A Patriot's Memoirs of World War II," shares stories of life, loss and love. He met his wife, a fellow soldier, while in the service. "As we focus on our country today, we must look back to our history to help us appreciate how we became the greatest power on earth and the men and women who fought to make this happen,” says Graziano. His book is available for purchase in the I Like Ike gift shop in the Visitors Center.

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