Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

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"The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene." - Dwight D. Eisenhower Come learn about the 5-star General and 34th President of the United States – Dwight David Eisenhower. Five distinct buildings make up the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum housed on 22 acres. Included are the Boyhood Home, Museum, Research Library, Visitors Center with presidential gift shop and introduction film, and the Place of Meditation – the President’s final resting place. Open 362 days of the year – closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Parking is free. Spaces are available for tour buses and recreational vehicles. Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (June & July 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.) Last tour of Boyhood Home: 4:30 p.m. Research Room hours: 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Please enjoy your visit! For a complete directory of all the National Archives Facebook accounts, please visit http://www.archives.gov/social-media/facebook.html. View our Facebook comment policy on the National Archives website at http://www.archives.gov/social-media/facebook-comment-policy.html. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) manages this Facebook fan page as a portal for information from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. However, information posted here is not official policy of NARA and will in no way grant anyone any rights, privileges, or standing on any matter. All information should be verified through official channels at NARA. For contact information at NARA, please check http://www.archives.gov/. Facebook Comment Policy: You are encouraged to share your comments, ideas, and concerns. Please be aware of the following policies for the National Archives' Facebook fan page: • NARA will only post comments from users over 13 years of age that relate to topics on the specific fan page subject matter. • NARA will delete comments that contain abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups. • NARA will delete comments that are clearly off-topic, that promote services or products, or that promote or oppose any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition. • Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in the comment being removed. • Communications made via the Facebook fan page will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or comment to the NARA or any official or employee of NARA for any purpose. • The content of all comments is immediately released into the public domain, so do not submit anything you do not wish to be broadcast to the general public. • Do not post personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers. Comments containing this information will be removed from the Facebook fan page wall. • NARA does not discriminate against any views, but reserves the right to remove posted comments that do not adhere to these standards. Members of the media are asked to pose your questions to the NARA Public Affairs Office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Media questions or comments will not be posted. NARA Public Affairs can be reached at 202-357-5300 Facebook Privacy Policy: This site is not hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration and thus the privacy policies of NARA do NOT apply. The privacy policy for this web site may be found at http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. NARA retains records of the content on the NARA portion of this site, as is provided for in our records retention schedules and mandated by the Federal Records Act. These records include user comments and any personally identifiable information a commenter shares with NARA. Because these records are collected from a public web site, it may be disclosed to others and used by NARA in the conduct of agency business. Please do not share information such as social security numbers, birth dates, or other private information that you do not want to make available to others. NARA disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy. Information about NARA activities and other methods to communicate with NARA are also available on NARA's official web page at http://www.archives.gov/, along with archival photos, videos and other documents. The privacy policy for http://www.archives.gov/ may be found there.

#tbt Check out this Senior Yearbook pic of "Big Ike" and "Little Ike" from  The Helianthus 2009, Abilene, Kansas.
12/05/2019

#tbt Check out this Senior Yearbook pic of "Big Ike" and "Little Ike" from The Helianthus 2009, Abilene, Kansas.

Eisenhower National Historic Site
12/02/2019

Eisenhower National Historic Site

50 years ago today, on December 2, 1969, an Act of Congress authorized the establishment of Eisenhower National Historic Site, which opened to the public in 1980. Over the subsequent 39 years, several different park folders and rack cards have been issued and used. Examples of each exist in our museum collection and are shown in the two photos here. They are arranged chronologically from left to right in each photo.

What is a park folder? It's the official brochure given to park visitors. These are currently issued in a horizontal orientation. What is a rack card? The park folder doesn't work well in a rack designed for vertical brochures. Thus, many National Park Service units also issue a rack card. You will commonly find such cards in racks in hotel and motel lobbies, visitor centers, and other public spaces. The NPS rack cards have the basic information on how to visit, while the park folders provide more in depth information. Both make great souvenirs of your visit! (MRF)

The White House Historical Association
12/02/2019

The White House Historical Association

In today’s photograph, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower play a game of Scrabble while vacationing at Camp David in late July 1954.

According to White House Press Secretary Jim Haggerty, President Eisenhower renamed the presidential retreat in Thurmont, Maryland, in 1953 after his grandson and father, both named David. Franklin Roosevelt had previously christened the retreat “Shangri-La,” but Eisenhower thought the name to be “a little fancy for a Kansas farm boy.”

Although President Eisenhower enjoyed escaping the White House for the peace and quiet of Camp David, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower did not enjoy the rustic nature of the retreat, objecting to the unpainted wood paneling and unattractive furniture scavenged from navy warehouses during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency. After talking with White House Chief Usher Howell Crim, the first lady discovered that although there was no money in the presidential budget to redecorate Camp David, the United States Navy could help her with the project because they oversaw the camp.

Soon, Camp David took on a new look, featuring the floral prints of the 1950s done in a green, yellow, and pale pink color scheme. Carpenters also built a booth and projection screen for movie screenings and a picnic area and grill—one of Eisenhower’s favorite activities.

The Eisenhowers often hosted their grandchildren at Camp David, where they could swim in the pool in the summer and sled and ski on a nearby hill during the winter. Camp David also featured a bowling alley, archery range, and skeet range. While not busy entertaining his grandchildren, Eisenhower also enjoyed painting, fishing, and quail hunting on the property. An avid golfer, Eisenhower even installed a putting green so he could practice his game while vacationing.

Credit: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum / NARA

#FridayFun: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! On November 14, 1957, Mamie Eisenhower received a 40-pound turkey from members...
11/29/2019

#FridayFun: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! On November 14, 1957, Mamie Eisenhower received a 40-pound turkey from members of the Poultry Growers Association. The presentation took place outside at the White House.

Photo: 72-2514-2

Looking for last minute recipes to add to your Thanksgiving menu? How about Mamie's Deep Dish Apple Pie? Perhaps some fl...
11/27/2019

Looking for last minute recipes to add to your Thanksgiving menu? How about Mamie's Deep Dish Apple Pie? Perhaps some fluffy turnips or frosted mint delight would be the perfect addition??
Check out more of their favorite things (including recipes) on our website: https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/eisenhowers/ike-and-mamies-favorites
#IkeLife

It's early but we're in the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas, everyone! This picture is from December 25, 1950 - Dwight a...
11/25/2019

It's early but we're in the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas, everyone! This picture is from December 25, 1950 - Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower looking at Christmas presents in Denver, CO.

Photo: 65-571 from the archives

Remember that time that we renovated the entire museum and opened with a brand new experience for everyone to enjoy? Yea...
11/21/2019

Remember that time that we renovated the entire museum and opened with a brand new experience for everyone to enjoy? Yeah, it's still just as amazing a few months later. Stop by and see us this weekend! #tbt

The Union Pacific Railroad Big Boy came to Abilene! #TranscontinentalRailroad #SteamEngine
11/21/2019

The Union Pacific Railroad Big Boy came to Abilene! #TranscontinentalRailroad #SteamEngine

Today, we welcomed Union Pacific Railroad’s #BigBoy, the world’s largest steam engine, to Eisenhower’s hometown in Abilene, Kansas. During the stop, they presented a $15,000 gift to our Executive Director, Meredith Reilly Sleichter. This donation will facilitate public programming which fosters learning about the life, times and legacy of Ike while highlighting his contemporary relevance. Thank you for your trust in our work!

Attention Researchers: All NARA Research Rooms will close at noon on Wednesday 11/27. We will be closed all day Thanksgi...
11/18/2019

Attention Researchers: All NARA Research Rooms will close at noon on Wednesday 11/27. We will be closed all day Thanksgiving Day (11/28). Regular services resume on Friday 11/29.
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#FridayFun: Did you know that Ike is the only President to receive an honorary Emmy? He was the first to harness the pop...
11/15/2019

#FridayFun: Did you know that Ike is the only President to receive an honorary Emmy?

He was the first to harness the pop culture power of the small screen. Throughout his eight years in office, Eisenhower would mix politics with the new medium, and had his appearances televised on programs like The Ed Sullivan Show. He even shared facetime with the comedy duo Abbott and Costello while kicking off Armed Forces Week in 1955. To recognize his contributions to television news, Eisenhower was awarded an Emmy. But of all of Ike's television endeavors, none hold up quite like his pioneering use of television for political advertisements.
#Emmys #TV #ILikeIke #IkeLife

(Credit: TIME)

Happy birthday to our favorite First Lady! 🎂🎉🎈📸72-1991-13 NPS: Mamie celebrating her 60th birthday on November 14, 1956.
11/14/2019

Happy birthday to our favorite First Lady! 🎂🎉🎈

📸72-1991-13 NPS: Mamie celebrating her 60th birthday on November 14, 1956.

Meet Ike & Mamie again...for the first time!#IkeLife #FreshNewLook
11/12/2019
Ike and Mamie Tell Their Story - KC STUDIO

Meet Ike & Mamie again...for the first time!
#IkeLife #FreshNewLook

After a year closed to the public, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas,has reopened with a new exhibit.

11/12/2019
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STATEMENT FROM THE CARTER CENTER ON PRESIDENT CARTER'S SURGERY

ATLANTA...Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering at Emory University Hospital following surgery this morning to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma. There are no complications from the surgery. President Carter will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation. We do not anticipate any further statements until he is released from the hospital. President and Mrs. Carter thank everyone for the many well-wishes they have received.

On October 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation". On that same day, Presi...
11/12/2019

On October 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation". On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA's General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee's chairman.

#ILikeIke #IkeLife #VeteransDay

As we look back and honor our veterans today, we reflect on this card, which was intended for use as a Christmas card fo...
11/11/2019

As we look back and honor our veterans today, we reflect on this card, which was intended for use as a Christmas card for the Chief Quartermaster, European Theater, General Richard M. Littlejohn in 1945.

It represents the four freedoms for which U.S. soldiers gave their lives: Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Fear. The artist was Celia Engle, a civilian employee in Littlejohn's office.

Photo: LITTLEJOHN, R. M. (2), Box 72, Principal File Series, Dwight D. Eisenhower Pre-Presidential Papers
#VeteransDay #ILikeIke #Freedom

Eisenhower Foundation
11/11/2019

Eisenhower Foundation

Today marks the 65th anniversary of Veterans Day, a bill signed by President Eisenhower in 1954. The observance dates back to World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918, World War I came to an end when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1938, Armistice Day on November 11 became a legal holiday, primarily to honor veterans of World War I.

By 1954, our nation’s armed forces had seen battle in World War II and in Korea. Congress passed HR 7786 “to expand the significance of Armistice Day and to change its name to Veterans Day … in order that a grateful nation, on a day dedicated to the cause of world peace, may pay proper homage to all its veterans who have contributed so much to that cause…”

President Eisenhower released a Proclamation designating November 11 as Veterans Day, stating, “On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

Today we honor ALL veterans! THANK YOU for your service!

#ArmisticeDay #VeteransDay #ILikeIke #OnThisDay #WorldWarII #OTD

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11/11/2019

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#FridayFun: Did you know that the Eisenhower Museum was originally dedicated on the first Veteran's Day - November 11, 1...
11/08/2019

#FridayFun: Did you know that the Eisenhower Museum was originally dedicated on the first Veteran's Day - November 11, 1954? Ike signed the bill which renamed Armistice Day into the day honoring all veterans. #IkeLife #VeteransDay

Looking for something to do this week/weekend? Plan your visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and see...
11/05/2019

Looking for something to do this week/weekend? Plan your visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and see our new exhibits and renovated space! #WeLikeIke #AbileneProud Visit Abilene Kansas

More info on admission and museum hours: https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/visit-us

The White House Historical Association
11/03/2019

The White House Historical Association

On this day in 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower met Helen Keller in the Oval Office.

Keller was born a healthy child in Alabama in 1880. However, at the age of 19 months, she became deaf and blind after suffering from an unknown illness. After working with her teacher and companion Anne Sullivan, Keller transformed from an unruly child to an accomplished young woman capable of communicating with a touch-based alphabet. She later progressed to writing and speaking.

As a blind and deaf woman, Keller used her own inspirational story to make an international impact. She joined the American Foundation for the Blind in 1924 and later traveled the globe, advocating for blind and deaf individuals.

Governor John David Lodge of Connecticut, and his wife Francesca Braggiotti Lodge, began arranging the meeting between Keller, a Connecticut resident, and President Eisenhower before his inauguration. They hoped that the newsreel footage and photographs of the meeting with the future president could be used in a documentary film covering Keller’s life. Keller traveled to Washington alongside her companion of thirty-nine years, Polly Thompson, for the historic meeting.

When President Eisenhower met with Keller and Thompson, Keller asked if she could touch his face. The president agreed and Keller later told reporters, “I felt a fine face. I felt the courage and the thought that has carried him through such great years in the world’s history.”

Helen Keller was certainly no stranger to meeting presidents. She had previously met Presidents Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman. After her meeting with President Eisenhower, Keller also met President John F. Kennedy.

On September 14, 1964, in an East Room ceremony, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in activism, and he stated, “An example of courage to all mankind, she has devoted her life to illuminating the dark world of the blind and the handicapped.” Her niece Katherine Tyson accepted the award in her place. Keller’s age and health conditions likely prevented her from traveling to the White House to accept the award.

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This might be the only "costume" flare we have on today, but we want to wish you all a Happy Halloween! Be safe (and war...
10/31/2019

This might be the only "costume" flare we have on today, but we want to wish you all a Happy Halloween! Be safe (and warm) tonight!! #HappyHalloween #ILikeIke

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10/30/2019

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California, is closed today due to a brush fire. The facility is located within an area designated for mandatory evacuation by local fire departments.

Check out this amazing - and spooky - photo of our sun from NASA Sun Science! The NASA program was just one of many of I...
10/28/2019

Check out this amazing - and spooky - photo of our sun from NASA Sun Science! The NASA program was just one of many of Ike's milestone achievements, and today we get to see incredible photos of the stars in our galaxy.

(Photo credit NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, taken in 2014)
#HappyHalloween #NASA

#FridayFun: Although Halloween as we know it became popular early in the 20th century, it wasn’t until Dwight D. Eisenho...
10/25/2019

#FridayFun: Although Halloween as we know it became popular early in the 20th century, it wasn’t until Dwight D. Eisenhower was president that ghosts, goblins, and witches were first invited into the White House. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower took the lead on dressing up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for Halloween as early as 1956. “I know she loved to decorate,” says William Bushong, the White House Historical Association’s chief historian. “She decorated for every holiday. Any reason to decorate, and she would decorate.”

Photo: 67-74-10 Mamie in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, March 30, 1954

Could you provide the correct question for this answer on Jeopardy!?#ikelife #AbileneProud
10/24/2019

Could you provide the correct question for this answer on Jeopardy!?
#ikelife #AbileneProud

We would love to hear your Ike Story! Share your favorite story/memory of Ike in the comments below.#IkeLife #MyIkeStory...
10/24/2019

We would love to hear your Ike Story! Share your favorite story/memory of Ike in the comments below.
#IkeLife #MyIkeStory #WeLikeIke

Cuteness alert: A local school group walking the campus grounds decided to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" as they adm...
10/23/2019

Cuteness alert: A local school group walking the campus grounds decided to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" as they admired the flag in front of the Library. #IkeLife

10/23/2019

The October 24 Lunch & Learn program with Mary Jean Eisenhower is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and regret we are unable to hold this event. The Lunch & Learn series will resume in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you in January!

Wishing you a speedy recovery President Carter!
10/22/2019
Jimmy Carter hospitalized after fall at Georgia home

Wishing you a speedy recovery President Carter!

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. A statement from The Carter Center says Jimmy suffered “a minor pelvic…

10/21/2019
Remembering Ike: How Eisenhower's military career shaped his presidency

Check out the story from CBS This Morning about the new exhibits and remembering Ike as a "warrior for peace."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/remembering-ike-a-visit-to-the-eisenhower-presidential-library-museum-and-boyhood-home-in-abilene-kansas/
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A visit to the newly-renovated Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home in Kansas recalls the 34th president as a "warrior for peace"

Eisenhower Foundation
10/21/2019

Eisenhower Foundation

#ThisDayInHistory Queen Elizabeth II, President Eisenhower with his wife Mamie and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh posed for this photo at a White House State Dinner was taken on October 20, 1957. 🇺🇸🇬🇧 #IKE #ILikeIke #POTUS #FLOTUS The White House The White House Historical Association

10/18/2019
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, creating the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which would officially open in October of that year.

Today, you can livestream the first all female spacewalk at the International Space Station. This is so exciting!! #NASA #AllFemaleSpaceWalk

Tune in to watch the first #AllWomanSpacewalk! Starting at approximately 7:50 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 18, NASA Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will set their spacesuits to battery power before venturing outside of the International Space Station for a 5.5 hour spacewalk. The duo will work in the vacuum of space to replace a power controller that failed over the weekend. Watch:

#FridayFun: Did you know that President Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, on October 14, 1890? His family then move...
10/18/2019

#FridayFun: Did you know that President Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, on October 14, 1890? His family then moved to Abilene, Kansas, where he grew up. Ike announced in a homecoming speech on June 22, 1945, "The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene." #AbileneProud #IkeLike #WeLikeIke Visit Abilene Kansas Eisenhower Foundation

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200 SE 4th St
Abilene, KS
67410

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Monday 09:00 - 16:45
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:45
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:45
Thursday 09:00 - 16:45
Friday 09:00 - 16:45
Saturday 09:00 - 16:45
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