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Celebrate Ike’s Birthday in Abilene

Samantha KennerOctober 7, 2019

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene has planned several days of event to celebrate the birth date of Dwight Eisenhower later this week.

According to the organization, on  Saturday, a Museum Rededication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  will be held.  The ceremony is part of the weekend activities in honor of Dwight Eisenhower’s birthday. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with a keynote address delivered by Mary Jean Eisenhower, Dwight and Mamie’s granddaughter. The exhibits open for public viewing following the ribbon cutting at noon. Admission is free all day. This includes the museum exhibits and Boyhood Home tours. Tickets for scheduled, guided tours of the Boyhood Home are required and may be picked up in the Visitors Center or Museum Lobby.

“This ceremony marks the project as complete and we are thrilled to celebrate with our guests,” said Dawn Hammatt, Eisenhower Presidential Library Director.

The project planning and fundraising phases were approximately a four-year undertaking with the exhibit renovation beginning in May 2018. “The exhibits opened on July 29, but we felt it was important to celebrate this significant accomplishment during Eisenhower’s birthday weekend,” added Hammatt.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero commented on Eisenhower’s importance in his own life.

“Many Americans felt a special connection to Ike. I did, and the Eisenhower Library found two letters I wrote him. One when I was 10, and included with my letter a toy stuffed elephant for him to share with his grandkids, and one when I was 14, stating ‘I admire you deeply,’ and asking for a signed photograph,” Ferriero said. “The new museum will offer those who remember Ike, and those who do not, a greatly enhanced opportunity to follow his remarkable career trajectory from ordinary boy to leader of the free world.”

Full Birthday Weekend Schedule:

October 11

4:30 p.m – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Vigil Begins

(Kansas VFW Chapters stand guard at Dwight Eisenhower’s burial site)

October 12

7:30 a.m. – VFW Vigil ends

9:30 a.m. – Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony

(conducted by Ft. Riley on behalf of the President of the United States)

9:45 a.m. – American Legion Pilgrimage

(Kansas American Legion Posts travel to honor President Eisenhower’s birthday)

11:00 a.m. – Museum Rededication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(Keynote Address presented by Mary Jean Eisenhower)

1:00 p.m. – Vintage Base Ball Game

(Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite sport)

5:30 p.m. – Eisenhower Foundation Legacy Gala

(Sold out ticketed event)

This is your opportunity to meet Ike and Mamie again…for the first time! The all-new 25,000 square feet of museum exhibit space at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is now open. Using Ike and Mamie’s own words, the new exhibits are complete with technology and interactive components. Examine historically significant artifacts and documents from the archives that reveal Dwight’s remarkable life. Follow Mamie as she becomes Ike’s life partner and they venture on “their career.” Hear Ike’s voice on issues ranging from D-Day to world peace in the new mini-theaters. Finally, reflect on Ike’s lifetime of public service and his legacy for the future.

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