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"When this library is filled with documents, and scholars come here to probe into some of the facts of the past half century, I hope that they, as we today, are concerned primarily with the ideals, principles, and trends that provide guides to a free, rich, peaceful future in which all peoples can achieve ever-rising levels of human well-being."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Speech at the Ground Breaking Ceremonies for the Library, October 13, 1959


Eisenhower and the Great War
March 2017 - March 2018

War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The Great War as it became known shocked the world with its massive scope and the industrial-like slaughter created by advances in military technology. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.


Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President
April 2017 - May 2018

Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that raised a President!


See the Exhibits Schedule for current and past exhibits

Holiday Hours

November 22 - Early Closure
All buildings will close to the public at 1 p.m. (Ticket sales end at noon.)
The research room closes at noon.
The Place of Meditation and campus grounds are still available to explore.

Thanksgiving Day
All buildings closed

Christmas Day
All buildings closed

New Year's Day
All buildings closed


Pearl Harbor Anniversary Recognized
Visitors Center Auditorium
December 7 and 8 at 1 p.m.

Mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The movie They Were Expendable will be shown in the Visitors Center Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. This free program is open to the public. more information


Let's Promote Hope
Library Courtyard
December 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Operation Veteran Suicide Outreach


Ike Book Talks
printable schedule

"Ike Book Talks" are free and open to the public. This Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program is conducted through a partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council, Abilene Public Library and Eisenhower Presidential Library. The books selected for this series all have a connection to Dwight Eisenhower.

Burnt Creek by Ernest Haycox

January 8 at 7 p.m. -- Book Discussion

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

March 11 at 2 p.m. -- Movie (1949)

March 12 at 7 p.m. -- Book Discussion (facilitated by Linda Lewis, Professor of English at Bethany College)

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruit Stewart

May 14 at 7 p.m. -- Book Discussion (facilitated by Bill Brown, Professor emeritus of English and Humanities at Kanas Wesleyan University))


See the Calendar for a full schedule of events throughout the year

News and Announcements

TALK Series Returns to Eisenhower Library in 2018

The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program returns to the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 2018 with "Ike Book Talks". The programs are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. more information


Book Your Holiday Party Now!

'Tis the season to book your holiday parties and events. An elegant venue is available at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene. From classy dinners, to cocktail receptions, to party games and treats, the Courtyard set-up can be customized to your event. more information


The Museum Will Get a New Look!

The Eisenhower Foundation is raising funds for a complete redesign of the museum. All of the gallery space will be redesigned and upgraded! more information


Ike Needs You!

Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world? Love history? Want experience for that college or job application? Then we have the opportunity for you! more information


Great Plains Theatre logo Take advantage of our partnership with Great Plains Theatre! Show your ticket stub and receive $5 in savings at either venue.