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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 D-Day Program: "In Plain Sight: D-Day Deception"

    June 3, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Library Courtyard

    Using code names such as Fortitude, and Quicksilver, General Eisenhower commanded a series of covert operations that played a crucial role in the victorious Allied invasion of Europe. Participants will examine primary documents to gain an understanding of D-Day deception plans. This program is most appropriate for learners from 7th grade through adult.

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  2. IKEducation Hands on History Stations: Sacrifice on the Home Front | Rosie the Riveter

    June 3, 2019, 11:30 AM - 3:30 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 - "Sacrifice on the Home Front" Explore artifacts that exemplify how Americans on the home front served the common good through volunteer participation in a variety of programs designed to support our fighting troops and deal with scarce resources. 1:30 - 3:30 - "Rosie the Riveter" When America’s men left to fight with the Allies in World War II, women were recruited to work at jobs in defense plants and factories. These “Rosie the Riveters” proved their abilities to America and have not looked back since.

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  3. D-Day 75th Film Series: "Ike: Countdown to D-Day"

    June 3, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    June 6, 1944. 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships and 11,000 airplanes. One man's decision. The D-Day invasion, the largest military operation of World War II and the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny, marked Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower as one of America's most powerful military leaders. Tom Selleck gives a restrained yet powerful performance as General Eisenhower. This 2004 made-for-cable feature focuses on the solemn, brilliant but plain-speaking Ike as he fine-tunes, over 90 days, tactical and political concerns involved with Operation OVERLORD, the Allies' imminent D-Day invasion of Normandy. General Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history. The supporting cast includes James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, and Gerald McRaney as Gen. Patton. The script by Lionel Chetwynd captures the unbearable tension of commencing the invasion, and awaiting the results.

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  4. Reception and Keynote Address: Dr. Nigel Hamilton, "The Mantle of Command: FDR at War"

    June 3, 2019, 6:30 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Nigel Hamilton is an award-winning British-born biographer and historian, and is a former president of Biographers International Organization. Hamilton will focus his talk on "The Mantle of Command: FDR at War," the first book in his latest trilogy, in which he seeks to revise our understanding of Franklin D. Roosevelt as commander in chief by examining the military direction of World War II in 1941 and 1942 from Roosevelt's perspective. Hamilton offers an account of FDR’s masterful—and underappreciated—command of the Allied war effort. With the 1942 Torch landings in North Africa, the tide of war turns in the Allies’ favor and FDR’s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear. Presenting sponsors of the D-Day 75th Commemoration speaker series are Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation of Abilene, KS, and Pritzker Military Museum & Library of Chicago, IL. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for an author reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7:00 program.

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