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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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  2. Eisenhower's Middle Road

    October 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - March 31, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Library 2nd Floor Gallery

    Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership style as President reflected his practical, level-headed Midwestern roots: Work from the middle to accomplish what those on the extremes saw as impossible. The exhibit "Eisenhower’s Middle Road" spotlights a prescription for peace and prosperity that guided Ike throughout his eight years in the White House. He sought balance for America – the pursuit and preservation of social gains, for instance, while refraining from government overreach. This exhibit explores six key areas reflecting that approach. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home provided content and design. Work/research was funded by a grant to the Eisenhower Foundation from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri. We extend special appreciation to the David Woods Kemper Foundation, presenting sponsor of this exhibit.

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Public Programs

  1. Movie: "First Man" [2018] - Arts Council of Dickinson County Winter Film Festival

    January 19, 2020, 2:00 PM @ Visitors Center Auditorium

    "First Man" is the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, Apollo 11 in 1969. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Neil Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. The film explores Armstrong’s life through his own eyes. The emotional center of the film is not Armstrong’s eventual space walk, but the early loss of his daughter to childhood cancer. The writer and director worked closely with book author Hansen, Armstrong's family and fellow astronauts and NASA brass Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Dave Scott, Frank Hughes, and Joe Engle. The film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong with Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Dickinson County in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library, all films are free and open to the public. The Arts Council suggests bringing toiletry items for the Abilene Area Food Pantry.

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