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  1. De Gaulle / Eisenhower: Alliance and Friendship in War and Peace

    September 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 2, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Museum Special Exhibit Gallery

    General Charles de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. The two met for the first time in June 1943 in Algiers, and De Gaulle presented Eisenhower with the Cross of Companion of Liberation in June 1945. Both were heads of state during the Cold War. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of these great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum), to create this exhibition, which will contribute to strengthening the bonds between France and the United States. We are grateful to The First Alliance Foundation and the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, presenting sponsors, for bringing this exceptional exhibit to Abilene, Kansas.

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Public Programs

  1. Lunch & Learn: "The Kansan Who Planned a Pacific War"

    September 26, 2019, 12:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    In 1920, Marine Corps senior staff selected LTC Earl Hancock "Pete" Ellis to modernize its war plans. Originally from Pratt, Kansas, Ellis developed a strategy for Marine response in case of a future war in the Pacific. That plan would be implemented with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This program will be presented by Troy Elkins, Museum Registrar at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Elkins is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, studying education and doctrine development in the Marine Corps between WWI and WWII. Pete Ellis figures prominently in his study. Elkins was drawn to Ellis’s story because of his Kansas connection as well as Elkins own service with the Marines. The Lunch & Learn series is made possible by the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation. This program is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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