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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 Program: "Attic Artifacts: World War II Kids"

    June 4, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Library Courtyard

    What, no PlayStation? No iPhone? Life for kids on the American home front during World War II was very different than today. Participants will learn how to handle and evaluate a variety of primary sources — from The Lone Ranger radio show to the Schools-at-War program — in order to learn about several aspects of everyday life for kids on the American home front. Appropriate for learners of all ages!

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

    June 4, 2019, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    Visitors can stop by these carts on the second 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 - "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! 1:30 - 3:30 - "Dogs for Defense" At a time when every American was asked to make sacrifices fo 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.

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  3. D-Day 75th Film Series: "The Longest Day"

    June 4, 2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    This monumental account of the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, is a classic among WWII films. "The Longest Day" is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck's epic 1962 account is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front-line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate as possible. The battles are spectacular, and the landings on Omaha Beach show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton, are just a few of the Hollywood stars featured. Some stars were World War II veterans, including Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger and Richard Todd (as Maj. John Howard) who fought at Normandy on D-Day while a member of the British Air Force, landing via a highly dangerous parachute drop.

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  4. Reception and Keynote Address: Dr. Adrian Lewis, "Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory"

    June 4, 2019, 6:30 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    Published in 2001, "Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory" is still considered the best analysis available on the Normandy Invasion and the battle for Omaha Beach. American forces on Omaha Beach were forced to improvise under enemy fire, and although they were ultimately victorious, the Allied victory was a costly one. Making extensive use of primary sources, Adrian Lewis traces the development of the Normandy invasion plan to explain why the battles for the beaches were fought as they were. Prof. Lewis has researched and written extensively on war, national security, and military affairs. Currently a professor of military history at the University of Kansas, Prof. Lewis is a retired soldier. He served with the 9th Infantry Division and the 2nd Ranger Battalion. D-Day 75th Commemoration speaker series sponsors are Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library. This event is free and open to the public with an author reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7:00 program.

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