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  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 Hands on History Stations: Dogs for Defense | V-Mail

    June 2, 2019, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    Visitors can stop by these carts on the 2nd floor of the Presidential Library to learn about specific aspects of World War II through hands-on exploration of artifacts. IKEducators will be available for discussion and questions about each artifact cart for about 2 hours. 11:30 - 1:30 "Dogs for Defense" - At a time when every American was asked to make sacrifices for the war effort, World War II marked the establishment of a program to which families donated their dogs to serve in the U.S. military. These four-legged recruits were transformed through training from loving pets into working troops. 2:30 - 4:30 "V-Mail" - Victory Mail operated during World War II to expedite the huge volume of wartime mail between the troops and their loved ones. The bulk and weight of letters had to be reduced to have space for war supplies. Kodak found the solution — stop by to check it out!

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  2. IKEducation D-Day Program: "Holocaust: From a Name to a Number"

    June 2, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Library Courtyard

    Participants will learn how millions of individuals were dehumanized as their name was replaced with a number or triangle, and that General Eisenhower made certain those war crimes were documented so those responsible would be held accountable. Most importantly, participants learn about the Holocaust through the voices of survivors and realize that behind every number was a person with a name and story not to be forgotten. This compelling, one-hour program is most appropriate for learners from 7th grade through adult.

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  3. Patriotic Concert by the Abilene Municipal Band

    June 2, 2019, 3:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Founded in 1881, this band marched in President Eisenhower's 1953 and 1957 inaugural parades and in every homecoming parade when Ike returned home to Abilene, Kansas. The second oldest band in Kansas, its hundred members range in age from 14 to 90 years. Every summer, Abilene locals and visitors gather in Eisenhower Park to enjoy the historic Abilene Municipal Band in weekly Thursday night concerts. Bring your friends and family to this free concert in the Visitors Center Auditorium. Come early and explore the I Like Ike gift shop for unique gifts. The accompanying photo of the "Wild Bill Hickok Cowboy Band" in Abilene, Kansas, 1941, is courtesy of the Jeffcoat Photography Museum, Abilene, Kansas.

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