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Living History Program

Eisenhower Garden

As part of our Living History Program, you may find the "Eisenhower boys" and neighborhood friends frolicking around the family garden. Keeping in mind the whims of Kansas weather, they can usually be found Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays around 10 a.m. during gardening season. Typically they tend the garden and play period games for an hour or two. Gardening season in Kansas can start anywhere in March/April running through the end of September depending on the weather.

The Eisenhower Garden was developed as a 4-H project under the auspices of the Dickinson County and Kansas State University Extension Services. 4-H members with interests in gardening, performing arts, and public speaking portray children growing a 1900-era garden using heirloom seeds and playing games of the period.

The children not only learn about gardening but have immersed themselves in Eisenhower family and local history. They have become comfortable visiting with people from all over the world as they interpret the Eisenhower brothers and friends. Though the 4-H members are not old enough to qualify for state awards, several have received county recognition for their work and the group was honored locally as grand marshals of the county fair parade.

The "Eisenhower Garden Kids" often take their show on the road. They have given programs for local nursing homes, civic groups, schools, and performed during Kansas History Day. A performance at the State Fair is in the planning stages.


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