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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. VFW Vigil into D-Day

    June 5, 2019, 8:30 PM - June 6, 2019, 12:00 AM @ Place of Meditation

    At 8:30 p.m., members of VFW posts will gather at the Visitors Center for a procession to the Place of Meditation, the burial site of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, where they will stand vigil until midnight, marking the beginning of D-Day on the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings. The public is encouraged to stop by and pay their respects at the Place of Meditation on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas.

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  2. 75th D-Day Commemoration Remembrance Ceremony

    June 6, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ General Eisenhower Statue in the center of campus; rain location: Visitors Center Auditorium

    On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 75 years ago, more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. The public is invited to honor Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the soldiers he led in World War II. The Remembrance Ceremony will feature a keynote address from Gen. Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and current president of Kansas State University; remarks by Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of General Eisenhower; a wreath-laying by representatives from four Allied countries; music by the Abilene High School Women’s Select Chorus; and the playing of “Taps” with a rifle salute courtesy of Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division Band. More than 60 World War II veterans plan to attend the ceremony, as well as several “Rosie the Riveters” who worked in factories, and a labor camp survivor. These honored guests will be available for a “meet and greet” following the ceremony until 11:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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  3. IKEducation Hands on History Station: "Rosie the Riveter" with real life "Rosies!"

    June 6, 2019, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    This living history station on the second floor of the Presidential Library will encourage visitors to learn about the women on the American home front who helped win the war. 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. This station will encourage visitors to learn about the women on the American home front who helped win the war as they explore a variety of artifacts. Visitors might even get to talk to real life Rosies! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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  4. IKEducation D-Day Program: "Primarily Omaha Beach"

    June 6, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ NORTH HALF of Visitors Center Auditorium, Classroom #1

    General Eisenhower famously said, "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” That could not have been more true for the 160,000 troops who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Participants are introduced to the overall objective of D-Day and how so many things went wrong. They will then apply that knowledge through examination of documents, artifacts, and personal stories from Omaha Beach. Most appropriate for learners from 7th grade through adult. Sessions will begin at 12:00, 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. in Classroom #1, the north half of the Visitors Center auditorium.

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  5. IKEducation D-Day Program: "Code Talkers"

    June 6, 2019, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ SOUTH HALF of Visitors Center Auditorium, Classroom #2

    All of the countries involved in World War II had top-secret military information that had to be hidden from their enemies. For this reason, numerous tactics were used to disguise messages. Participants will try their hand at the unbroken code used by Native American men who served in the U.S. military on D-Day and throughout World War II. Appropriate for learners of all ages! "Code Talkers" sessions will begin at 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. in Classroom #2: the south half of the Visitors Center Auditorium.

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  6. Hope and Liberty concert

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

    The public is invited to enjoy an evening of musical entertainment for the final event of our 75th D-Day Commemoration. The Hope and Liberty concert is presented by the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in collaboration with the 41st Summer Choral Institute. A reception will follow the concert.

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