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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.

Lunch & Learn

B-29 Doc: Through the Eyes of Rosie the Riveter
Visitors Center Auditorium
March 22 at Noon
Light lunch provided.
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Visitors Center Auditorium
April 26 at Noon
Light lunch provided.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt / Roll

Campus Grounds
March 31 at 1 p.m.

Arts Council of Dickinson County
Holocaust Film Series

The Zookeeper's Wife
Visitors Center Auditorium
April 10 at 7 p.m.

Schindler's List
Visitors Center Auditorium
April 22 at 2 p.m.

Remembering Vietnam Symposium

Visitors Center Auditorium
April 14


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

2018 Program Series

  The Ike Book Club meets every other month in the Visitors Center Auditorium to discuss selected books. All of the books are available for purchase at the Eisenhower Library Gift Shop or may be available to check out from the Abilene Public Library. printable schedule
Lunch & Learn   Join us every 4th Thursday at noon in the Visitors Center Auditorium. A light lunch is provided courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation.
Evening at Ease   The 2nd Tuesday of every other month we provide an evening program. Topics vary and may include films, lectures, or panel discussion.

News and Announcements

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


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Great Plains Theatre Partnership

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